The Chilean winemaker parade continued as I sat down the other day with Antonio Bravo, winemaker at Viñedos Emiliana , the organic project owned by the Guilisasti family of Concha y Toro. [Note: The name of the winery recently changed from Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana to just Viñedos Emiliana.
There's been a parade of Chilean winemakers through here in recent weeks, which continued today as I sat down with Enrique Tirado , head winemaker at Concha y Toro who is in charge of their flagship Don Melchor bottling.
There have been some changes at Blackberry Farm since it first won the Grand Award in 2006 , including a chef change and a shift in venue for the property’s flagship restaurant. The 4,200-acre property run by Sam Beall (pronounced ‘bell’) has recently added several new cottages, but they’re tucked up into the wooded hillside, remaining unobtrusive when viewed from the rest of the property.
I sat down with two different Chilean winemakers over the last week—Francisco Baettig of Viña Errázuriz and Adolfo Hurtado of Viña Cono Sur , both of whom have interesting stories to tell. Cleaning up at Errázuriz For Baettig, his story has been one of overcoming hurdles.
With the Green Bay Packers going deep into the NFL playoffs, I couldn’t help but draw a comparison between their home field, Lambeau Field, and the culinary landscape of the New York's Upper West Side.
Wines are like friends. I particularly like wines that are like those friends you bump into after you haven’t seen them for a while. Sometimes they’ve lost weight and look great. Others show the wear and tear of life and you remember why you lost touch with them in the first place.
I’m still waiting for the Other U.S. to show up, winewise that is. By Other U.S., I mean American wines produced in states other than California, Oregon and Washington. I know—you think I’ve got it made getting to taste all those Rhône wines.
If you search our on-line database of wine friendly restaurants for those with a South African emphasis on their wine list, you get a whopping three results within the U.S. With the quality of South African wines improving rapidly and South African wine imports to this country up steadily for the last several years, I’m surprised more people haven’t jumped on the opportunity to put a solid focus on the wines either via a restaurant or wine bar.
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