Last week my father retired. Forty years as a professor at Queens College was enough—I don’t blame him. For his first week in official retirement, my dad (along with my mom) went up to our weekend house in the Hudson Valley for some quiet R&R.
Thursday night is ‘date night’ for Nancy and me. The nanny stays late and we get a night to ourselves every Thursday, without fail. More often than not, we wind up dining out—she loves food and wine as much as I do.
I'm just back from a short vacation: My buddies and I head down to Myrtle Beach every year at this time for a weekend of intensive and extensive golfing. We play five rounds in two and a half days, after which the stock price of Advil tends to spike due to a massive increase in sales.
I met today with John Duval and Felipe Tosso, a pair of winemakers from different regions who are now working together. Duval, 56, is an Aussie, and he was the longtime winemaker at Penfolds (from 1974 to 2002) before starting his own small eponymous label.
As we judge the restaurants that enter our wine program each year, we look for the best new entrants that can potentially compete for our top honor, the Grand Award. These establishments are typically newer, and they've burst onto the scene with deep pockets and big wine cellars.
Cabernet Franc is one of those grapes that gets no respect--even from people who know it's the grape in Cheval-Blanc. Have your wine buddies over and tell them you’ve got some Château Cheval-Blanc in the house, and they won’t prevent you from pouring it.
It’s always fun sitting down with Santiago Achával, of Achával-Ferrer in Mendoza, Argentina's largest wine-growing region. He’s enthusiastic about his wines, and he should be: His single vineyard Malbec bottlings are among Argentina’s best wines.
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