featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Champagne
One of the most fascinating aspects of Champagne is its ability to transform over time. This remarkable tasting provided a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to compare the three principal releases of Dom Pérignon across a number of iconic vintages of the 1960s and 1970s.
featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Tuscany
Over the last four decades, Castello di Ama’s Merlot L’Apparita has built an enviable track record that places it among the world’s most pedigreed wines. I was thrilled to host this charity event at Sotto Sotto as part of the Grand Cru Culinary Festival, which raised over C$3m for six research centers at Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals.
Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite
Prunotto’s 1983 Barbaresco Riserva is a real revelation. Dark, deep and impressively concentrated for a wine of its age, the 1983 is striking in its beauty.
United States: New York, Vinous Table
Eric Ripert’s brilliant cuisine and Le Bernardin’s elegant dining room make for a fabulous escape from the hustle and bustle of mid-town Manhattan.
Given the potential afforded by a cool, clear autumn following on the heels of a hot, dry summer, in conjunction with the exceptional abilities of so many growers, the top 2015s from Nahe and Rheinhessen offer plenty of excitement.
featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives
This historic retrospective of five verticals going back to BOND's inaugural 1999 vintage was the most comprehensive tasting ever staged at the estate and the first time the Harlan family had opened all of the BOND wines in one sitting. The entire Harlan family, along with the teams at Harlan Estate and BOND, were present for this truly once in a lifetime look back at their work spanning three decades.
Italy: Tuscany, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite
The 2007 Tignanello is a big, ample wine that is just beginning now to open up.
Vinous Table, Toronto, Canada
This recent dinner out with the kids at Café Boulud – Toronto was a terrific opportunity to get back to Daniel Boulud’s Toronto outpost. Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, Café Boulud offers a menu rich in the classics under the direction of Chef de Cuisine Sylvain Assié. Wine Director Drew Walker’s list is small, but well chosen, with a number of gems sprinkled throughout a selection that focuses on France and the United States, with quite a few wines from Italy among the reds.
featured, United States: California
Readers who follow the Paso Robles wine scene hardly need to be reminded that the region, which is historically dry in the first place, suffered through a long-term drought that drastically curtailed production in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012. That has not stopped quality from surging to new highs.
featured, Italy: Piedmont
The 2014 Barbarescos confirm all the potential they showed as recently bottled wines a year ago. Vibrant, perfumed and beautifully delineated, the 2014s capture the essence of what makes Nebbiolo so compelling. In short, the 2014 Barbarescos speak to the essence of site as expressed in one of the most unusual growing seasons in recent memory.