Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, France: Champagne
Bollinger’s 2002 Vieilles Vignes Françaises remains one of the most compelling wines of this iconic Champagne vintage.
featured, France: Champagne
Champagne remains one of the hottest regions in the world. The emergence of small, family run domaines continues at a fast pace as the grower Champagne movement comfortably settles into its second generation. Many of the grandes marques, Champagne’s historic high-end houses, have quietly expanded their ranges, with an assortment of single-parcel and/or late-release ultra tête de cuvée bottlings that did not exist just a few years ago. All of that means consumers have never had more choice – at all ends of the quality and style spectrum – than they do today.
Italy: North, Vinous Table
I haven’t done the math, but I would be willing to bet no other place in the world can match Piedmont for its sheer concentration of world-class restaurants, most of which are situated within a few kilometers from each other. Located in the heart of Barbaresco, Campamac is the newest addition to Piedmont’s glorious dining scene.
Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite, United States: California
Tasted from magnum, Spottswoode’s 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous and in a great spot right now. The exotic bouquet, with its myriad shades of smoke, graphite, espresso, savory herb and spice, is super-inviting. Deep, pliant and resonant on the palate, the 2002 captures the natural radiance of this warm Napa Valley vintage in its voluptuous fruit and soft contours.
featured, France: Bordeaux, France: Burgundy
I was delighted to once again participate in the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, which is held every October in Toronto. Grand Cru attracts many of the biggest names in food and wine for a weekend-long series of events, tastings and dinners, all held to benefit the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. The highlight of Grand Cru takes place on Saturday night, when thirty couples host some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and vintners in their homes for a series of intimate dinners. This dinner raised an astounding C$1.2m for charity.
France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite
Several recent bottles of Taittinger’s 2002 Comtes de Champagne have been nothing less than stellar. In a vintage in which many Champagnes show the raciness and flamboyance of very ripe Chardonnay, the 2002 Comtes remains fresh, vibrant and nuanced.
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.