My mentor, friend, source of endless inspiration and learned guide.
As I pour over this book, yes literally, the excitement builds. Having learned so much of the advanced art of cocktail creation, from Warren Bobrow's previous two books. I am beside myself with delight.
Well sorry New Jersey, we have bid you a fond adieu. Mano a Vino began in Montclair, NJ and we had a lot of fun there. Our wine coverage tried to keep to wines you could buy in New Jersey. But we have moved north across the Hudson River to the glorious area called the Hudson Highlands. We will still be reporting from there but mostly from hudsonvalleypleasures.com and newyorkcorkreport.com
While we have you let me share a pairing of Barberani Polago Red.
Until now, when I thought of Moet & Chandon Champagne, images of four star restaurants came to mind, weddings that appear in the NY Times, or a lavish New Year's Eve in Monaco, all good, but I now know that this view was missing the many, the boundless, occasions there are to enjoy this fabulous wine.
To prove the point Elise Losfelt,the charming, well spoken, exquisitely French, winemaker and oenologist for Moet & Chandon, took her champagne manifesto to the streets. Do read on.
Got this bottle from a friend in the PR end of wine and agreed to give it a try. I love wines from "Sud-Oeust" especially after learning so much about them a couple years ago at a FI:AF event. Vive Le Sud-Ouest
Diana was out for the evening at a meeting in New York City so I decided to make myself a nice dinner for one and try this wine.
The Wine: Tariquet Classic Côtes de Gascogne $
The Food: Classic French Frissee Salad, Florence Tyler Roasted Chicken
The Place: On the Hudson River in Garrison NY dreaming of the South of France.
Here is our second, really our third, exploration of the well crafted wines of the Santa Rita estate. Strolling up from the easy everyday pleasure of their “120” line, through the Gran Reserva, into the premium and ultra premium wines they produce.
The Wine: “Triple C” - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carménère
The Food: A Turkish feast with friends
The Place: Cinar Turkish Kitchen, in Cliffside Park, but we felt like we were in Istanbul. And of course the glorious Maipo Valley.