The Wine Experience is always great, but a lot of the action also occurs after the event during the dinner hour, when the thousands of participants invade some of the best restaurants in New York City.
I went last night to the Bulgari Hotel in Milan with my children, Jack and Isabel, for dinner with Geddy Lee and Charlene and Alex Lifeson , and their friend Andy (whose surname I didn't catch). The band Rush is in Milan, doing a concert as they are near the end of a successful tour in Europe.
I went up to Piedmont over the weekend and stopped in to see Aldo Conterno , one of the great Barolo masters. His wines have such refinement and delicacy, yet they have structure and richness to age for decades.
Just got back from lunch with Roberto Guldener of Terrabianca, the well-known wine estate in Chianti Classico. You probably know some of his wines, such as the Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese blend, Campaccio , or the Cab and Merlot, Ceppate.
I drank the first bottle ever of Luce Brunello last night in a restaurant in Montevarchi near my house in Tuscany. It's a brand-new wine from the Frescobaldi family, who have been making a Super Tuscan wine at the Luce della Vite estate in Montalcino since 1993.
I didn't eat all day yesterday. I was in Yorkshire visiting my children, and I knew I would be coming back to Italy in the evening. So, nothing to eat. Niente. Nada. Only water. I arrived in Pisa from Leeds on Jet Glue, I mean Jet2.
Harvey Steiman's blog on the dinner the other night at Babbo in New York City was right on. He nailed the food and wine experience. In fact, my mouth is still watering thinking about the dinner and wines.
I was in Mexico over the weekend; first Tijuana, and then Mexico City. I am a huge fan of Mexico. I have a number of very close friends from there, and I have been going there regularly since my grandfather started taking me fishing near Guaymas when I was a young boy.
I went last night to a very cool restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. Blue Velvet has a hip Miami meets Tokyo vibe, with its sleek modern design, outdoor seating and swimming pool. The girl in the bikini who was swimming in front of us during the first course didn’t hurt the ambiance either.
Ingredients are everything when it comes to food, especially in restaurants. This may sound strange coming from someone born and raised in Los Angeles, where it’s more about the social scene and image of a restaurant than anything else.
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