The figures are mind-boggling. I read the International Herald Tribune every day, and I just can't get my head around the amount of money our government is spending to try to right a completely broken financial system.
I am still recuperating at home in Tuscany. It's gray, cold and rainy today. Not much to celebrate. But I am feeling better than last week. Might even have a glass of wine tonight. Over the weekend, I was thinking about a story about a California cult wine I heard from a retailer friend of mine in the States.
While the War of the Wine of the Year raged in my blog this week, I was fighting my own battle with pneumonia in my right lung. I am not sure where I picked it up. It must have been somewhere on the West Coast last week.
I have been interested in the comments in my blog and the general buzz in the marketplace about our choice for the Wine of the Year. It seems that some people are upset that the wine was not a 2005 Bordeaux, or the 2005 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor.
You must be excited to discover what the Wine of the Year is. I certainly am. I wish I could give you some clues. But I can’t. I have been sworn to secrecy. But I revisited the first Wine of the Year the other night in Los Angeles with Bob Golbahar of Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants.
I had an excellent California Pinot Noir last week at Comme Ça restaurant in West Hollywood on the recommendation of the sommelier, Rory Harrington. The 2005 Ambullneo Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley was rich and luscious, with loads of ripe strawberry, light earth character and hints of smoky oak.
As I promised in my last blog post , I am posting all the notes from the once-in-a-lifetime Sassicaia vertical held in Florence last week at the excellent restaurant Cibreo. Going over some of the notes, there are some real gems.
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