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New Zealand Master Class with Oz Clarke

What an experience to hear Oz Clarke in person while sipping several flights of New Zealand’s best wines! Well, I must admit it was a fascinating experience to gather around a table with a giant full sized map of New Zealand and have Oz, in his most theatrical voice, describe the rain storms, mountain ranges, […]



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Dinner with Lilian Barton Sartorius of Chateau Leoville Barton in Bordeaux

  Last night, a fabulous four course dinner at the Ritz Carlton Central Park with Lilian Barton Sartorius, owner of the 2nd growth Léoville Barton the 3rd growth  Chateaux Langoa in Bordeaux. Pairing the excellent cuisine of Chef Mark Arnao was Marika Vida-Arnold … and a very successful pairing it was! First, some history. At dinner, Lilian told the […]



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Union Des Grands Crus De Bordeaux Comes to Stormy New York City

The Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux came to NYC yesterday just as a storm descended on the city. The 2012 vintage was showing well … particularly the Merlot, though of course each Chateau is different. It was a great opportunity to see friends from Bordeaux, taste the new vintage, and also see the new […]



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Phenomenal Femmes Dinner Tonight with Lilian Barton

    It was so great to see Lilian Barton Sartorius yesterday at the Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux tasting in New York City. Despite the snow storm, the wine world turned out to taste the 2012 vintage and meet the winemakers who so generously turned out. It was especially nice to see Lilian […]



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Meeting Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero of Taken Wines

So you know you are really in the Internet era when a winery names itself “Taken” because all “good” domain names are, well, taken. Yesterday I met Josh and Carlo, who both hail from the first families of the Napa Valley. Though it’s natural to assume they are from the manner born, they both had […]



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#GoIsrael Treasures

Last month I wrote about my incredible food and wine trip to Israel with a fantastic group of ladies who specialized in the culinary arts, and also happened to be brilliant photographers. In this post, I’m sharing the #goisrael post of Asha who has a very unique and food-oriented view of the trip. Enjoy!



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Spotlight on Quincy in the Loire Valley

“In the past, Quincy has been regarded as more rugged than Sancerre,” said the presenter in today’s presentation about this region of the Loire Valley. Perhaps it was true in the past, yet today’s presentation of Sauvignon Blanc from eight different Quincy producers revealed the quality level is quite high. What was interesting is that […]



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Laurent Drouhin & Christies Auction House Exclusive Tasting

Fabulous evening last night at Christie’s Wine Department in New York.  Per Holmberg, head of Christie’s Wine Department in NYC, hosted an event featuring Laurent Drouhin of the famous Drouhin family in Burgundy. Laurent is a fabulous presenter, and as you see in the slide above, he stresses the importance of family. “Location, location, location” […]



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15 Vintages of N’Antia Badia di Morrona with MW Lisa Granik

How often is it that you have a Master of Wine personally lead you through a rare tasting of 15 vintages? Lisa Granik has been a fan of the this Tuscan winery for many years, and yesterday created an unprecedented tasting of 15 vintages of “N’Antia” IGT Toscana, beginning with the 1990 and including the […]



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The Beaumont London

  Whenever I’m in London I always make it a point to go to my favorite restaurants – the Wolseley in Piccadilly, the Art Deco Brasserie Zedel, The Delaunay, Colbert, and Fischers which to my surprise I found were all owned by a restaurant group called Corbin and King. So when I heard that this group […]



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Fines Bulles: Exploring the Extraordinary Bubbles of Loire For The Holidays …. And Beyond

Now that the holidays are here, it’s time to turn your attention to sparkling wine, yes? We all know about Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco … yet how many times have you sat down for dinner in a restaurant and requested a glass of “Fine Bulles” … what people and wine producers from the Loire Valley […]



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Annual #Champagne #Wine Tasting with Ed McCarthy at Wine Media Guild

  Okay, so you are five years old and sitting on Santa’s lap. Some of us might ask for a new toy … … yet others might request that they grow up to be a wine writer and be lucky enough to become a member of the Wine Media Guild, and as such, have the […]



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Master Class on Veneto Wines at Eataly

Fabulous Master Class on wines from the Veneto today at Eataly in NYC, with Lidia Matticchio Bastianich also attending to give support to her friends and winemakers from the region. With eight wines to taste from the very diverse regions of the Veneto, it was a great session. Of course you could expect three sparkling, […]



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Wine Country Resort Review: 5 Star Il Boscareto Resort

Piedmont is all about pleasure. First, there’s the pleasure of the senses. It begins when you see the gorgeous green rolling hills at every turn. Then the nose, when you take your first sniff of Barolo still maturing in barrel. Then the eyes, when you see all the gorgeous produce, and of course the palate, […]



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My visit with Ze’ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery #GoIsrael

So most people associate Israel with religious sights … or hot clubs (play or pray, yes?) Yet increasingly the state is known for its excellent wine. Recently I had the chance to meet up with one of the second wave of pioneers (winemakers who learned from the original mavens), a gentleman named Ze’ev Dunie. “So […]



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Clubbing in #TelAviv During #GoIsrael Tour

  Perhaps you’ve heard that classic Beach Boys song about two girls for every boy. Well ladies, the good news in Tel Aviv is that there’s about thirty guys for every girl, and you can find them at the various clubs that has recently made Tel Aviv a club destination in itself. When I first […]



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Experiencing the Machneyuda Market Restaurant in Jeresalem during #Goisrael

At first, I didn’t quite know what to think when I discovered our #goisrael farewell dinner would be at Machneyuda.  Typically a farewell dinner is a formal affair, and when I was advised to “dress casual” I did not know what to expect. So like any self-respecting foodie I checked out the reviews. The place […]



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A Night At The Historic King David Hotel: #GoIsrael

The name “King David Hotel” comes to mind when booking a hotel in Israel. For many people, Jerusalem represents the chance to a chance to view the Old City where historical biblical characters lived and where today’s new generation continue on the work of their fathers and grandfathers. This is really one of the most […]



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Visiting Chef Moshe Bason of Eucalpytus Restaurant on #GoIsrael

  “I was born into a Tahini making family,” said Iraqi born Moshe Bason, owner of “Eucalyptus” restaurant in the old city of Jerusalem. We are gathered in his modern looking restaurants near the gates of the city. As soon as we step in, there is a vibe both peaceful and energizing impossible to describe. […]



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A Night in Paradise: Tiberias Rimonim Galei Kinnereth #GoIsrael

  Okay, so if you’re traveling the wine country – or in any other incidence when you are attending a conference or in a remote place for a limited amount of time – chances are you check into a nice hotel and have zero time to explore all its pleasures.  Yes, this was my experience […]