I just found some notes in my back pocket of my jeans while walking down the street in Havana. They are a bit soggy from all the humidity in the air. They are tasting notes of Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto – the fantastic single vineyard wine from the great Brunello di Montalcino producer.
You might think that I only drink great wines. That it has to be the rarest or finest or I turn my nose up at it. Wrong. I just got back from lunch at El Aljibe in Havana with my buddies Jay and Jose Antonio, and the 2006 Miguel Torres Curicó Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc hit the spot with my pan-fried red snapper with black beans, rice, tomato salad, and a few French fries.
My colleagues from the magazine’s New York office – Gloria Maroti Frazee and Kate Elia -- were looking a bit tired this morning in Tuscany. I noticed Kate was carrying a large plastic bottle of Panna water.
Today was a new day in Tuscany. It was bright and very windy. A cold wind came out of the north and dried up everything. There are still rain clouds around but they are blowing all over Tuscany. I spent the day with the Antinori family at their Chianti Classico estate, Tignanello.
The weather is really weird in Tuscany at the moment. This afternoon, my kitchen was flooded with water, after what looked like a monsoon blew through Il Borro. It must have rained about three or four inches in about half an hour! I still have high hopes for the harvest.
Je t’aime, Paris. I have to admit it. Sometimes I really do. I went on Sunday night to the city of lights for a vertical tasting of Château Canon and Château Rauzan-Ségla , which I will fill you in later about.
It was probably the last warm evening in Piedmont to dine outside last Saturday, and two of the biggest names in Barolo– Luciano Sandrone and Enrico Scavino --tasted though a range of 1997 reds at OsteriaVeglio in Annunziata.
About a week ago, I had a free night so I decided to call a few producers I know well in Montalcino and hook up for dinner. They said that I should come a little early and they would bring some samples of their yet-to-be-released 2003.
I was looking at the comments from my blog of Aug. 30 on Hardy Rodenstock and Jefferson bottles and it made me go back and read an article I wrote in 1998 on counterfeit wines. It was called “ A Taste of Deception : An exclusive look at counterfeit wine – a multimillion-dollar business.
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