Well, I'm back. From vacation that is (hence the quiet blog). I was able to get away for a week with the family, enjoying the sun and gentle breezes in Barbados.
This was our first time to Barbados and, after trying a few Caribbean islands over the years, we may like Barbados the best. Its people were easily the friendliest and the food was definitely the best (and that includes St. Bart's).
While we weren't happy with our first hotel, we managed to get a recommendation for a little gem of a place called the Lone Star, on the west coast of the island. We quickly changed locations and fell in love with this boutique hotel, which has just four rooms and sits right on the beach. The excellent restaurant and solid wine list made the trip a delight and the staff couldn't have been more professional. If you're heading that way, be sure to check it out. We also greatly enjoyed the Tides Restaurant, where the blackened barracuda paired perfectly with some Boekenhoutskloof Sémillon Franschhoek 2006 that had been well-stored, offering a creamy texture but a still-lively spice and tangerine profile.
Now, after ignoring e-mails for a week, I've got to dig out in a hurry. I'm on deadline for my annual Loire Valley report. There's also breaking news coming from Domaine Huët, which I'll report very soon.
And then it won't be long before I hop another plane back to Bordeaux to taste the 2011 en primeur at the end of March. I'll be reporting on this tricky vintage both via our website and the magazine.
In the meantime, I hope you're enjoying the current March 31 issue, with its wall-to-wall coverage of the superb 2009 Bordeaux vintage, which offers many great wines from well-known properties to more off-the-radar estates. If you have any questions, you can always post them here.
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Jeffrey P Bloom — Washington, DC — March 2, 2012 11:26am ET
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