Climate change is in the news this week because of the meetings in Paris. It has been on the minds of vintners throughout the wine world for a long time as well. This week I have decided to write about some wineries that I know well that are serious about sustainable viticulture and vinification. I... Continue Reading →
I've got some Sardinian clients coming to town in about a week for a couple of events with journalists and trade. I have to finish the lovely article that I began on Cork this week, thanks to a cork tour I took when visiting the winery in Sardinia. Very excited to be eating some of... Continue Reading →
This article first ran in the former iteration of the Somm Journal a while ago. That said, thinking about what to drink after today's feast, Amaro came to mind. The story of the Amaro category is really a tale of two beverages – one in it’s native Italy and another in other nations such as... Continue Reading →
I love the Thanksgiving holiday as most Americans do. Of course, there is the traffic, the too much food and generations of family that all make it hard but that's also what makes it so great. I'm excited that we will be 40 people at our table(s) this year. While I know there will be... Continue Reading →
Like many people, I have been quite freaked out all week about possible attacks on our soil and of course saddened by those around the global. As an antidote to my fear, I have consumed copious amounts of food and wine and played with my small son as much as possible. Thursday, Il Beaujolais est... Continue Reading →
During the same trip that I went on to Chambord, I also visited St Denis, the scene of today’s mayhem in France. It was a lovely and vibrant part of Paris and knowing what is going on there today, in a place where all French kings are buried, is very surreal. I can’t stop thinking about all of the families struck by tragedy over the last week. One nice thing about this week is the show of solidarity and support across races, continents and nations. I know many think that only Paris is on people’s minds but I a) don’t think that is true and b) believe that is more because people can relate to Paris and have had experiences there not because some attacks are more striking then others.
After today’s soccer defeat for the Azzurri, I think I will be rooting for France to win the World Cup and thus writing a lot about French wines this summer. All kidding aside, as readers of this blog know, I was a Francophile before Italy stole my heart years ago and still have a long and intense love affair with the country. Today is a big day in Florence, my adopted city, San Giovanni, so I am just going to put a link to an article I wrote years ago about the holiday.
Going back to the World Cup for a moment, I am scandalized by that bite from Suarez yet it doesn’t seem that Fifa is going to do anything about it. We’ll see. I think he should be banned from the World Cup and beyond. What kind of a message is that, bite your opponent? Don’t we…
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Milan is on my mind today after a worrisome episode involving an orthodox Jewish man who was knifed on the street. Milan has never had an episode like this of random violence against Jews, at least not in the past 70 years. Yes damage and hate speech but not this. I lived in Milan for... Continue Reading →
I meant to reblog this yesterday for Veterans Day. Again, caught unawares I found myself in the middle of the parade yesterday and it set me straight about our priorities and the sacrifice that so many make. You are not forgotten.
On my way to work today I noticed a large number of men and women in uniform. It took me a few minutes to remember that today is Veteran’s Day. I work near the start of the parade in New York and stood to watch for a bit. I hate war but boy I am proud of our veterans. It was very touching to see people, mostly men, of all strips, colors, ages and in all kinds of shape together.
I salut our veterans and their families. I can only begin to imagine what they go through. My family doesn’t have a long military tradition but all of my Mother’s cousins served in World War II. Her cousin Paul Brach used to tell us how he singlehandedly saved Picasso. Paul was a great artist and a wonderful storyteller.
My Father’s uncle Murray was also in World War II. In fact…
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As the week rolls to a close and I have a bit of space from my last events, I am reflecting on a couple of ideas: a) Always invite and confirm 1/3 more people than you expect to come. Even for lunch the trade doesn't necessarily feel the need to show up. b) Remember to... Continue Reading →