I first met Mark Tarlov in June 2008. He and a group of sommeliers and winemakers were in New York to launch a new, exciting project: Evening Land Vineyards. Made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the Evening Land portfolio of wines came from vineyards owned and leased by Tarlov and purchased grapes in California and Oregon.
Now, Evening Land is unveiling another project, this time from Burgundy, the spiritual home of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Tarlov invited me to taste the new wines, together with the Blue Label range from California and Oregon. This was the first time all the finished wines were tasted together. Here are my notes.
I got a lesson in the Italian culture of the table at New York's Eataly, a food emporium of all things Italian opened by Mario Batali, Lidia and Joe Bastianich and Oscar Farinetti. I also got to taste Barolos, Barberas, Dolcettos d’Alba and wines from Tuscany's Maremma.
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