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IL GATTOPARDO Restaurant repopens in the historic Rockefeller Townhouses

“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” – Il Gattopardo, 1958 “Where did all these people come from?” I wondered, walking into the “new”  IL GATTOPARDO restaurant, which just moved from 33 West 54th St to the historic Rockefeller Townhouses, just down the block at 13-15 West 54th […]



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Luxurious Il Boscareto Resort in Piedmont

So what is this picture of a jacuzzi doing in an online magazine about wine? It is a snap from my favorite hotel in Italy, Il Boscareto, a luxury oriented spa hotel so enticing even the most ardent wine lover might choose to stay inside and have a massage or gourmet meal than hunt for […]



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Review: L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims

Our group of professionals (we are chefs, journalists, food scientists) had our last luxurious lunch at the celebrated L’Assiette Champenoise. It was a very glamorous space, run by Arnaud Lallement grew up in a restauranteur family in Châlons-sur-Vesle.  At 18, with a Diploma from the Strasbourg Hotel & Catering College in his pocket, Arnaud went […]



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Tasting Notes Week of August 22, 2012 – Restaurant Wine List Favorites

  So I was at the Spanish Restaurant Pipa the other night and enjoyed Conde Valdemar Reserva 2005 – a real find for about $40. I had visited the winery a few years back, met the winemaker, and relished the chance to retaste the wine. The color is deep and purple, with stained tears and […]



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Day 5: Adventures in the South of France (Language School)

… so I just completed my first week at the Institute, and as previous reviewers had written, the week goes by very fast! If you come here and you have any hopes of spending le weekend in St. Tropez, think again — I have MOUNDS of not just homework, yet hundreds of handouts from this […]



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Day 4: Adventures in the South of France (Language School)

… so today is “Day Four” in language school in the South of France. Surely everyone reading this post is thinking wow, what a fabulous experience! Of course it is, yet with school from 8:15 am to 5:15 pm each day it is also a lot of intensive learning — and even though we are […]



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Day #3: Adventures in the South of France (Language School)

… so aujourdi hui tre intereste in my continuing adventures in the South of France. “This is not Club Med,” said a professor when a student was a few seconds late for ecole. And this is the great thing about this ecole … it is very disciplined and here we are, students with just two […]



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Day 2: Adventures in the South of France (language school)

… so today was the “first” official day of language school as the “administration” part wasa over and we were forbidden to use any language other than French. Happy to have made it into an upper level … investing an entire month in a project is a huge commitment so by the end of the […]



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Day 1: Adventures in the South of France (language school)

… very recently a spot opened up at the Institute de Francais in a tiny town in the South of France called VilleFranche. It is two miles (yet sixty Euros by cab) from Nice so here I am, improving my French so that winemakers in Burgundy, Champagne, and Bordeaux can actually understand me. The photo […]



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Chianti Classico in Germany

… the last two days were a rush of early morning departures for Leipzig and Dessau, and today off to Documenta in Kassel which for many is the real point of the trip. A reception at the U.S. Embassay with Ambassador Philip D. Murphy started off the day, complete with a Embassy tour by the […]



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Berlin: Dry Spatburgunder, Art, & Kids Love Keds

…. actually, I am not really sure what brand these shoes are, yet they are super-popular here in Berlin among super high end collectors and (very slightly under 40) masters of the Universe types active in the art world. Selim Varol, a Dusseldorf based, Turkish born entrepreneur wore the same type a few days ago […]



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Riesling in a Bunker, Anyone?

…. so today was really extraordinary even though I’ve learned to expect fabulous visits from this art group. Our ‘cocktail’ hour was held in a private apartment owned by advertising typcoon Christian Boris and his wife Karen Lohmann, who converted a WW II air-raid bunker into a powerful stage for his collection of works by […]



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Wine in Berlin

  … so here I am in Berlin, tasting wine and learning about its history and seeing fabulous private collections. Of course, this blog is about wine – and not art — so I am taking advantage of the opportunity to observe the wine and spirits scene in Berlin. So far, the group visits to […]



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Discovering the Wine Properties of AXA Millesimes

  “A French insurance company owns a Chateau?” the woman’s voice says, incredulous. Yes, one can imagine that most people think that a top wine chateau in Bordeaux is owned by a French aristocrat, yet the world has taken quite a turn since the days that this might have been the case. Today the French […]



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Palm Bay International Tasting Event

  Fabulous tasting at Aureole in NYC today … Palm Bay had a special tasting event featuring Col d’Orcia, Jean-Luc Colombo, Mazzei, Planeta, and Santa Rita. The private room was full of Manhattan’s trade and media aristocracy, including Robin Kelley O’Connor, and some fabulous wines such as the Col d’Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di […]



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La Balette Restaurant at Relais des Trois Mas

  This was such a fabulous restaurant in Collioure, France! It is about three hours from Nimes, and a very cute town. Many artists lived and painted here. Imagine Ibiza with the jetset and you will get a sense of the weather and the scenery. This was one of my favorite restaurants for the scene, […]



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Minevois comes to Le Bernardin

    One of the hallmarks of a good sommelier is the ability to match customers with the right wine, as well as match wine to the correct dish. Only a floor sommelier can tell you which is easier, yet one of the things I like best about Aldo Sohm, head sommelier at Le Bernardin […]



Hostellerie de L’Abbye de la Celle

Hostellerie de L’Abbye de la Celle This is a fabulous restaurant, especially when the weather is great and one can sit outdoors. Arrived just when it opened and thought the menu quite good and creative. I will find the pictures and load them, here is a link to the web site. Like most top restaurants […]



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Will the Ipad Replace Sommeliers?

  You’ve probably seen the headlines in wine magazines and blogs, in which various professionals weigh in about restaurants using Ipads as a customized wine list, and if this will replace sommeliers. Of course, it’s a legitimate question … how many times have you pulled out your Blackberry or iPhone to check on a vintage. […]



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Luxury Hotel Review: Hostellerie Beau Rivage in Condrieu

   View Full Album “Help! I need a hotel recommendation for the Northern Rhone!” I hadn’t planned on visiting the Northern Rhone, yet when I had a change of plans during a trip to Provence, I went to the Stephen Tanzer forum (International Wine Cellar) to get some helpful advice, along with eRobertParker.com. People on […]