Well, my post prior to last year's Thanksgiving seemed to pull people out of the woodwork, so we might as well make it an annual thing. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday: football and food stretched out over a few days.
After breakfast, Nancy kept her promise to me to return to Absolutely Wine, where we grabbed another bottle before heading to the beach at Les Salines. Luckily owner Jean-Baptist Barre had two plastic cups for us, his last two.
By day two in Saint Bart's, Nancy and I both had the bright red foreheads that announced our "just arrived" status. We’d also developed a contest (she’s almost as competitive as I am): who could zap the most bugs.
Nancy and I haven’t been alone since the kids were born. That's eight years. We committed to getting away together this year, however, as we passed our 10th wedding anniversary in June. Since I wasn’t making my usual fall trip to the Rhône, I was in need of something hearty, where red wine and the scent of burning autumnal leaves in the air would fill the gap; Nancy needed a beach.
The grapes are picked and the fermentation vats are full, so I used this moment of relative quiet for the vignerons to get an early read on them for the just completed 2008 harvest. Here's a look from both the Southern and Northern Rhône Valley.
I sat down with Enrique Tirado here at my office earlier this week. Tirado is the head winemaker for Concha y Toro , and he oversees the winery’s flagship Don Melchor bottling, as well as a number of other projects, including TriVento in Argentina.
Tasting wines from the Finger Lakes isn’t as easy as tasting wines from a more established region, say, the Rhône. The difficulty isn’t because these cool-climate wines are more acidic, making them more difficult to taste than warm-climate wines that are riper, fleshier and more up front with their power.
Whether you’re a wine professional or simply traveling in wine country for fun, knowing a good spot for lunch or dinner is critical to surviving all those days of multiple winery visits, vineyard tours and countless wines.
With the drive back to the city staring me in the face (though luckily the day was looking bright and clear), I only had time to squeeze in two more appointments, and I stayed in the Banana Belt for both.
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