Whew! We’re finished. The last of the entries to our 2009 Restaurant Awards Program have been judged. It’s a process that takes a handful of us several weeks to work through (with kudos to Nathan Wesley, who administers the program) as we comb through the several hundred new entries we receive each year.
It's now been a few weeks since I made my annual pre-spring trip through France’s Rhône region , tasting wines from nearly four dozen domaines during a 10-day stretch. Based on that trip, as well as the dozens of bottled wines I've tasted since I've been back in the office, I can report that it’s a mix of good and bad news right now.
I recently sat down with Laura Catena, the vice-president of Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata winery (where she works with her father, Nicolás Catena) as well as owner of her own Luca winery. The topic: aging wines.
California vintner Fred Franzia and renowned Bordeaux-based enologist Michel Rolland have announced a new joint venture, a rosé that will retail for just $1 per bottle, using a new grape variety called Caberose.
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