Despite the pre-departure snafu we were able to maintain our departure time and headed out for a couple of days in Paso Robles wine country. The drive took us through some beautiful countryside and we stopped for lunch at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant Cafe. Lunch was tasty if nothing spectacular and afterwards we stopped in at the … Continue reading
The premise was simple: get away for the holiday weekend, visit my friend Valerie and celebrate my birthday. I arrived on Thursday and am staying through Wednesday. It’s been a food tour since I arrived. No surprise there. Thursday, I had lunch at Sugarfish in Downtown LA. A friend in NYC had recommended it and … Continue reading
I’ve never been a fan of the Hamptons, a part of Long Island where every summer a large contingent of seemingly moneyed New Yorkers spend their summer. To me, it’s like Manhattan-at-the-Beach. The scenery is beautiful, the houses huge (who needs that many rooms!) but the idea of spending my weekend in towns where Main … Continue reading
This Christmas is the first time in close on 10 years that my immediate family will be around the same table on Christmas Day. My parents live in the eastern suburbs of Paris. I arrived on Thursday and have been staying with my parents. While as my brother arrived on Saturday from Hong Kong and … Continue reading
Wine tastings. Probably one of my favorite activities. I enjoy the diversity of the offerings, getting to try new wines and sometimes even extraordinary ones. Some people are intimidated by tastings they get overwhelmed by the whole process and by what they perceive as pomp & ceremony. Here’s the simple truth: tasting events are about figuring out if … Continue reading
Tonight we’re bottling Pinotsaurus Rex (c) 2011. My wine. Made with friends at Brooklyn Winery. More tomorrow.