When I am not in France, I buy my French and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Rhone Valley Syrah from “The Wine Guy,” Mark Gambuzza. Mark is based on the tiny, semi-tropical island of Key West, just 90 miles from Cuba. Debbie and I have lived in Old Town Key West, only blocks from Mark’s […]
Hans Fiene explains the real value of America’s family-owned restaurants in The Federalist, writing (abridged): After the Wuhan coronavirus killed any hope of a standard birthday party a few weeks ago, my wife tried to comfort our soon-to-be 11-year-old son by reminding him that he could pick anything in the world for his birthday dessert […]
Season’s greetings from our cabin in Bartlett, NH. Originally posted on Your Survival Guy.
You thought records were a dead issue, a relic of the distant past. I have been a collector since the mid-fifties and never for a moment thought vinyl was passé. And I have always believed records offered a warmer, deeper and more natural sound than did the compressed digital format. CDs, as it turns out […]
60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi explains the elaborate scheme that roped in American billionaire wine collector Bill Koch. Bill Koch is the lesser known brother of political activists, Charles and David Koch. Bill split with the family business and used his money to collect valuables, including a vast amount of wine. Some of that wine […]
If there is one man who has changed the way wine is served and understood in America, it is Drew Nieporent. Referring to him as influential is a gross understatement. There may well be no other person in his league. Alongside changing the way Americans drink wine, he has fostered some of the most talented […]
Here The New York Times offers it’s breaking news roster of The Best Wine Books of 2018. I ordered Rajat Parr’s The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste as soon as the book was released. In that I view Rajat as #1 on today’s international wine scene (Mr. Burgundy) ordering his seminal new atlas was a no […]
Anyone interested in Burgundy wines should read Rajat Parr’s magnificent Secrets of the Sommeliers.
I’ve told you in the past that you have to go beyond “organic” labels if you want healthy meat and produce for your family’s table. You need to find meat from animals that have been raised on grass (to finish), outdoors on pastures, with no antibiotics, no growth hormones and no forced reproduction techniques. For […]
Shortly, Debbie I leave for another extended stay in Paris and French wine country. Our research will focus on our Paris Palace Hotels series, the Grand Cru red wines of Burgundy, and the “rare as hens’ teeth” Syrah reds from Northern Rhone Valley, including our top-ranked threesome–Cote Roti, Hermitage and Cornas. We will visit as […]