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Posted: August 15, 2008 By Richard Betts
Well, I’ve gone and stretched eight weeks into 11 awesome months. That is in part due to me being so slow with the blog but hey, I’m working at it! Since my last installment, I’ve been pondering what to do with this one, my final of this run.
Posted: June 30, 2008 By Richard Betts
I recently spent the better part of an awesome week in Chicago wearing two hats— the first being that of Betts and Scholl ambassador and the second, unexpectedly, my party hat. The weather was perfect (which I know is rare), and the lake looked sublime as always, but neither of these were material to my enjoyment of this fine town.
Posted: May 28, 2008 By Richard Betts
I have recently returned from another really lovely trip to Italy. We spent more than a week in the Val d’Orcia, which lies to the south of Montalcino and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All in all, it was a really welcome break and super time spent with family and good friends.
Posted: May 19, 2008 By Richard Betts
I just spent the last few weeks in Australia and had the chance to eat and drink so wonderfully well. Tetsuya’s in Sydney was amazing, as was so much of the local fare at other spots. Of course, there was plenty of wine to accompany our meals, and we had a chance to enjoy many special bottles.
Posted: April 22, 2008 By Richard Betts
“At this moment you should be with us / feeling like we do, like we love to, and I will again….” — Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction This comes to mind over and over as I consider three recent days strung together over two coasts and fueled largely by too much great wine, good friends and fun.
Posted: April 8, 2008 By Richard Betts
It is not new news that Las Vegas has gone food-and-wine crazy. In the last decade or so, the town has managed to collect in its net the finest chefs, wines and wine talent in the world. One might assume this is all an effort to offer world-class dining and yet another reason to visit Sin City.
Posted: March 31, 2008 By Richard Betts
With a mix of curiosity, amusement and befuddlement I read the news this past week that Dutch winemaker Ilja Gort has insured his nose with Lloyd’s of London for approximately 8 million dollars. The stated rationale was that his nose is essential for him to produce top-quality wines at his Château de la Garde in Bordeaux.
Posted: March 18, 2008 By Richard Betts
When it comes to selecting a wine you don’t know much about, I offer this advice, especially when it comes to imported wines: start with the back-side. Frequently, someone who lives in a different part of the country than I do asks me for a wine recommendation.
Posted: March 5, 2008 By Richard Betts
I have got to sound a call for equality. No longer will I accept a judgment of a wine based on its color. Every night, I hear it as soon as I begin to pour, especially if it’s a red that’s inky black: “Wow, that’s gonna be great!” And it gives me pause to consider, what is color in wine and what does it have to do with quality? I can tell you that essentially color comes from the pigment found in the grape skins and it makes its way into the wine during maceration (when the grapes and their juice sit together in a fermentation vessel).
Posted: February 22, 2008 By Richard Betts
Continuing on with my Brunello trip : According to the Consorzio del Brunello, the territory of the appellation is roughly circular, with a diameter of 16 kilometers. This is a pretty big area, and after walking and driving all over its hills and valleys and viewing the variety of altitudes and expositions, I became convinced that it is a very diverse place—one that cannot be defined simply as Montalcino.
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