Musings: Thoughtfully Abstracted : Meditative

MUSINGS: One’s thoughts or comments on something you have been thinking about carefully and for a long time…

Fine Dining the Burgundy Way

Fine Dining the Burgundy Way

A genie came out of a lamp and said: ‘I am going to whisk you to Burgundy where you will be allowed to choose one dish, one single dish, that you have had before in a restaurant there. You have 30 seconds.’ Ooh…Bending the one-single-dish diktat I now declare a...

Millesima ‘Panorama’ Tasting – Vintage 2020

Millesima ‘Panorama’ Tasting – Vintage 2020

The rain poured down… and down, yet it did nothing to dampen the spirits as I and a host of colleagues avoided the deluge in a most pleasant fashion: tasting scores of about-to-be-bottled wines from the already storied Bordeaux 2020 vintage. I was taking part in the...

Portugal and the Wines that Time Forgot

Portugal and the Wines that Time Forgot

When Ryan Opaz and I decided around 2016 to co-author a book about Portuguese wine and winemakers, we were quickly confronted with a challenging question: why does the wine-loving world have so little appreciation of Portuguese wines?

Il Vino Unisce: An interview with Angelo Gaja

Il Vino Unisce: An interview with Angelo Gaja

On a misty mid-April morning in Barbaresco, with the cobblestone streets wet and glistening, the village breathed a palpable sigh of relief. For its six hundred residents, life revolves around wine and finally, after four months of drought, the rains had come.

Scandi Noir

Scandi Noir

An Appreciation of Blanc de Noirs Champagne (Malmö, March 2022) Just what is it about champagne and Scandinavia? The crystalline air; the purity of vision, the taste for luxury? Who knows? One thing is for sure; between them, the Scandi countries can offer three of...

Bringing Margaux to Life (Part Two)

Bringing Margaux to Life (Part Two)

It is often said that the wines of Margaux are more perfumed and less powerful than those from Saint-Estèphe, Saint-Julien and Pauillac, but within the appellation, the wines vary still further in style due to the differences in terroir and the characteristics that...

Bringing Margaux to Life (Part One)

Bringing Margaux to Life (Part One)

There are 15-second growths in the 1855 Bordeaux classification and one-third of them come from Margaux. Wouldn’t it be fun to hold a Margaux party, and invite Durfort-Vivens, Brane-Cantenac, Rauzan-Ségla, Rauzan-Gassies and Lascombes – the five-second growths – along...

A Six-Vintage Farewell to Anthony Barton

A Six-Vintage Farewell to Anthony Barton

What to say of Anthony Barton, the late patriarch of Châteaux Langoa Barton and Léoville Barton, that hasn’t already been said, especially since his death last month at the age of 91? Not much is the answer. However, being lost for words, in this case, is not a...

There’s Merit in the Mâconnais

There’s Merit in the Mâconnais

When contemplating burgundy, most consider the Côte d’Or paramount, expressive of the very best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines globally. Few can doubt the quality and longevity of this area, literally translated as ‘the golden slope’, providing a varied terroir that...

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The topic of Wine is filled with a mythology built on rules and intimidations, leaving us feeling insecure. Yet nothing breaks down barriers and brings us together as we take notice of the relationships built and conversations held over a glass of wine.

Our Books

The topic of Wine is filled with a mythology built on rules and intimidations, leaving us feeling insecure. Yet nothing breaks down barriers and brings us together as we take notice of the relationships built and conversations held over a glass of wine.

Our Books

The topic of Wine is filled with a mythology built on rules and intimidations, leaving us feeling insecure. Yet nothing breaks down barriers and brings us together as we take notice of the relationships built and conversations held over a glass of wine.

Our Books

The topic of Wine is filled with a mythology built on rules and intimidations, leaving us feeling insecure. Yet nothing breaks down barriers and brings us together as we take notice of the relationships built and conversations held over a glass of wine.

Our Books

The topic of Wine is filled with a mythology built on rules and intimidations, leaving us feeling insecure. Yet nothing breaks down barriers and brings us together as we take notice of the relationships built and conversations held over a glass of wine.

Our Books

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