When in Venice

When in Venice

The Champagne Lady. That’s what they call Don Day’s Wife. For seldom a day goes by when she doesn’t tootle a flute of sparkling wine. It’s rarely real Champagne. Usually it’s a French Cremant. Occasionally, a Spanish Cava. And once-in-a-while, an Italian Prosecco. But...
Priced like plonk. But sure doesn’t taste like it.

Priced like plonk. But sure doesn’t taste like it.

I had this horrible feeling recently. That I’m cheap. And I hate that feeling. I’ve got friends who serve 200 peso wines. I’ve got friends who serve 300 peso wines. I’ve got friends who serve 700 peso wines. And there I was a few nights ago serving 100 peso wines. To...

The next wine pairing dinner takes us to Argentina.

Last month I attended a tasting of wines from Familia Rosso in Mendoza, Argentina. I was very impressed, impressed enough to organize a dinner paired with some of their wines. Who else to pair them I thought than Mariano Rivera of San Miguel’s Buenos Aires Bistro. A...
Mexican wines make a little history. Right here in San Miguel.

Mexican wines make a little history. Right here in San Miguel.

The place was France. The date was May 24, 1976. It’s now remembered as The Judgment of Paris. It pitted some of California’s best wines against the best of France and much to the shock of the world (and especially the French), David beat Goliath. California won. The...

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