Bruce Sanderson cruises the Seine with some white Burgundy and a Rhône red for a party in Paris he won't soon forget
Bruce Sanderson shares his tasting notes of several outstanding wines from Burgundy, Austria, the Rhône, Piedmont, Champagne and Bordeaux
I enjoyed two dinners this past weekend, one planned and one impromptu. One was in the Greenwich Hotel, the other close to Greenwich, Conn. For my birthday, my wife took me to Locanda Verde, the new restaurant in TriBeCa’s Greenwich Hotel. The other was at Tarry Lodge, in Port Chester, N.Y., an outpost of partners Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali.
Employees and fans of Eleven Madison Park celebrated last night after the restaurant received a much deserved, four-star, stellar review from Frank Bruni of the New York Times. My evening started at another historic dining room, Gilt. Housed in the Villard Mansion, an Italian Renaissance design, Gilt is the ideal setting for chef Justin Bogle’s creative and complexly flavored cuisine.
Expensive wines have been taking a beating this year as the recession changed people's drinking habits. However, bargains are beginning to appear. It has taken a little longer than expected, but in the last few weeks, there were some excellent buying opportunities.
I was invited to a “bring your own bottle” Champagne dinner at Eleven Madison Park last week. It offered me the opportunity to taste more than a dozen interesting bubblies. They ranged from mature bottles of prestige cuvées from major houses to new and interesting labels from small growers.
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