Does it bother you when New World Chardonnay or Riesling comes in a Bordeaux bottle? It does me, and I wonder why. After all, I am out there in front decrying corks and urging winemakers to use screw caps, which offends the sensibilities of some I call snobs.
Robert Weakly watched as the Masters of Food and Wine ended a 21-year run at the Highlands Inn last February and immediately went to work on something to replace it. He quit his job as food and beverage director of the Highlands Inn, now a Hyatt Vacation Club in Carmel Highlands, Calif.
On the basis of the early vintages, I have been underwhelmed by Colonial Estate , the Barossa Valley winery that came on the scene a couple of years ago with big prices. Some of the wines have been awful.
A colleague asked me recently to help a mutual friend who was going to be doing a radio program on wine in opera. There's more of it than you think. Some years ago, knowing that I have an interest in opera, an Italian men's club in San Francisco asked me to speak to them on the topic, and I dug up some recordings of moments in opera that deal with wine.
The idea of mixing watermelon and tomato (see my blog " Tomato, Mozzarella and... Watermelon ?") may well have found its way to Aspen by way of Spain. Seven years ago a young chef name Barclay Dodge spent four months at El Bulli in Spain apprenticing with Ferran Adriá , the legendary chef who rethinks everything about food.
Several restaurants here in Aspen are mixing heirloom tomatoes with watermelon in salads and soups. Maybe tomatoes and watermelons are finding their way onto plates together all over the U.S. and I just haven't heard about it up here in my remote mountain village.
Give me a break. A French wine called Ratatouille was supposed to go on sale at Costco stores nationally on Aug. 1. Instead, Costco and Disney, whose Pixar studios made the film "Ratatouille," pulled the plug on the wine.
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