Hey, what's wrong with a restaurant making money on food? Does the wine list nearly always have to be the profit center for a restaurant? Maybe these two questions are not fair, considering the cost of starting and running a restaurant these days, especially in major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles or New York.
I went on a road trip on Tuesday to Tenuta San Guido , the producer of Tuscany’s famous red, Sassicaia. It’s in the coastal area of Bolgheri, about a two-hour drive from my house with no traffic, or about an hour south of Pisa by car.
I was thinking about this yesterday when I was getting over my jet lag at a friend’s pool in Tuscany. We had had a light lunch with a couple of bottles of Champagne and some whites, and I brought up the subject of the weather this summer.
One of my best friends has been staying in my house in Tuscany since I left for the West Coast on business about a week ago, and I found out that he has been cherry-picking some of my best bottles from my cellar.
The 2005 Sine Qua Non Syrah Atlantis Fe 203 1A saved my evening in Las Vegas a couple of nights ago. It started out pretty well, with a private party in the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at the Palms. My friend Tim Ozgener of C.
I had a good week of drinking some amazing wines. I could say tasting, but these were wines that were served at dinners or lunches. And drinking is a lot more exciting than tasting. We all know that! The best wines during the week were consumed during a dinner in London at the home of Stephen Browett, a long time friend and owner of Farr Vintners, a key wine merchant there.
I was thinking about 2007 Bordeaux futures this morning after reading the well-researched article on this site that addresses the failure of France’s premier wine region’s most recent campaign. It seems to me that the top names in Bordeaux were still too greedy with their pricing, even though a number of them decreased their prices significantly compared to 2006.
I had some Italian wine producers over for dinner last night, including the owners of Casanova di Neri, Valdicava, La Massa, and Tua Rita as well as the manager of Ornellaia. They brought samples of their best 2006s and 2007s.
Tomorrow there will be a joint press conference in Montalcino featuring Luca Zaia, the Italian agricultural minister, and Ron Spogli, the U.S. ambassador to Italy. They will announce a plan to resolve the current dilemma with the U.
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