Lately I have been getting interested in Australia’s progress with Cabernet Sauvignon. When Peter Gago, chief winemaker for Penfolds , offered to bring a few older wines when he came to visit this week, I suggested we focus on Cabernet.
My friend Margaret emailed me after receiving the June 30, 2009, Wine Spectator , excited about Josh Silvers’ Zinfandel menu , which I had written up. She and her husband, Mike, live in Basalt, just 20 minutes down the valley from Aspen, and they wanted to invite us to lunch.
When Anthony Mangieri finally closed the doors on his Una Pizza Napoletana this week in New York’s East Village, the New York Times covered the story. How many pizzerias get that kind of attention? It’s probably fair to say that Mangieri’s pizzeria was unique in America.
Wild Ginger in Seattle, one of the new Grand Award-winning restaurants for their great wine lists, had to overcome some obstacles to get there. But some creative legal thinking and wine buying decisions that step outside the usual got it there.
Somehow I have convinced my friend Tom that dinner at his home overlooking the Upper Roaring Fork Valley in Aspen has to be an annual thing. He and his flutist wife, Nadine, invited us once, years ago, and I volunteered to make a couple of courses and bring some wine.
Sparky and Sarah Marquis, known for their big, bold and friendly wines (Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz made the Wine Spectator Top Ten in both of the past two years ), have come up with a unique way to make a difference in the world.
“The best value in Aspen,” said the real estate ad in the Aspen Times. The title caught my eye, especially when I glanced down at the price for this mansion. The original price of $10.9 million had been crossed out.
When you mention New Zealand in a wine conversation, no doubt the first thing that comes to mind is Sauvignon Blanc. Indeed, the country has hung its hat on the tangy, bright, zingy wines that come out of the Marlborough region.
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