Hi. My name is Andrew Carmellini. I'm chef and co-owner of A Voce restaurant in New York.
I don't want to bore you with a résumé here: If you're interested in me or my restaurant, you can check out our website, www.avocerestaurant.com, or read my bio.
So here I am, launching my first blog for you all. It's a very strange feeling for me—"blog" is a word that I've felt very ambivalent about over the last year or so. When I think of bloggers, I think of the cell phone-camera set—people who snap pictures of my food at my restaurant and then post them on their sites, where they do some really in-depth analyses, paragraph after paragraph of critique, praise, jabs, critiques, complaints, congratulations, debate … Food bloggers look deeper into every dish, analyze every element, more thoroughly than even I ever would. When this thing first exploded—right around when we had just opened A Voce—I used to think, "Who has this much time on their hands? Don't these people have lives?" I didn't get it.
But as I kept reading, I began to realize how much knowledge and attention was out there. Now I'm just amazed at the interest and passion that people have developed for restaurants and food, and I've completely embraced it. And I get the attention to detail. It's the same thing that we do with wine: we swirl, analyze, smell, taste, dissect, watch it develop. And it's not just about the culinary world. I'm pretty passionate about music, another realm where people like me can spend hours on in-depth critique and analysis, whether it's finding some new band on MySpace or posting a note to "check out that snare that Just Blaze used in that new track," or debating the origins of Death Metal, or …
Sorry. Got a bit carried away there.
Anyway, my intention here is to talk about wine in a variety of ways—not only from the perspective of my day-to-day life as a chef/restaurateur, but also as a diner who eats out two to three times a week. I'd like to talk about the high and the low, from Leflaive to Lambrusco. To tell tales of travel and living abroad. To give you some insight into some of our wine dinners and private events, and to give you the back story on a little wine trip I've got planned for this fall: 10 days with Giorgio Rivetti and the boys at Ornellaia, complete with white truffle gathering and wild boar hunting. And if they're game, I'll visit some of the cellars of my best clients and tell you about their treasures.
So, welcome to my blog. Let's have a good time.
Hoyt Hill Jr — Nashville, TN — June 1, 2007 10:00am ET
Adam Batcheller — Southampton, NY — June 2, 2007 9:58pm ET
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