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In the Apr. 30, 2010 Issue

Thomas Keller

At 54, chef Thomas Keller presides over nine restaurants, including the renowned French Laundry in California and the similarly ambitious and equally admired Per Se in New York. But he's not all caviar and foie gras.

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An American Success Story - After some painful false starts, chef Thomas Keller has built a nine-restaurant empire with outposts on both coasts and in Las Vegas. Foremost is his French Laundry, hailed by many as the best dining in the United States Learn about more culinary stars—from Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud to Michael Psilakis—and their favorite wines and pairings in our series of Chef Talk interviews.

    School of Thomas Keller - Top chefs and sommeliers around the world got their start in Keller’s kitchens and cellars

Simply Delicious - The chef shares recipes for several favorites from his family-style Ad Hoc restaurant and recommends wines to match each course


    Tasting Reports

    Portuguese Power - The Douro Valley delivers its best reds of the modern era, led by intriguing native grapes such as Touriga Nacional

    Quality vs. Quantity in South Africa - After years of rapid sales growth, exports of South African wine to the United States have fallen. The good news? Despite recent tricky vintages, quality remains high

      Winemaking Equality - Apartheid is officially long gone, but disparities still exist in the industry. Several groups are working for integration and empowerment

    Cool German Rieslings - Bucking the recent trend of lush, creamy vintages, the whites of 2008 are crisp and vibrant, the product of brisk weather and a long growing season





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SENIOR EDITORS' BLOGS Discuss hot topics in wine with James Laube, James Molesworth, Bruce Sanderson, Harvey Steiman and James Suckling. Plus hear about their latest wine tastings, trips to wine regions and dining experiences.

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