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WINE
+ Until Gabe Returns

+ Until Gabe Returns

A 2006 Chateau La Tour Margaux calls for an egregious DINNER so a “black-toed” chicken with butter-soaked rosemary stuffing was thrown into the oven while the evening witnessed aperitifs, mashed sweet potatoes, ginger carrots, and steamed cranberry sauce. But far be it for winos to restrain to one bottle so the competitor that rose to...
+ 12hr Layover, Berlin

+ 12hr Layover, Berlin

+ Saturday Lunch, tel aviv

+ Saturday Lunch, tel aviv

We all need a dash of bright yellow every once in a while, and yellow tomatoes tossed up with pasta always looks great with some fresh basilic. Has a distinct summer-ish vibe paired with a glass of 07 Crianza.
+ Quinta de la Rosa

+ Quinta de la Rosa

This is a beautifully crafted 10 Year Old Tawny by the leading wine maker Jorge Moreira at Quinta de la Rosa. The grapes are grown on Alto Douro on the banks of the famous River Douro. The port itself has a very intense nose of raisins but a palate that’s very refreshing and balanced; Strong...
+ bread n butter

+ bread n butter

Sometimes, bread, butter, cheese, and wine is all you need to keep the dark Berlin nights at bay.
+ rioja vega reserva 2005

+ rioja vega reserva 2005

Cuisine Wrangelstrasse 5 introduces the Reserve 2005 Rioja Vega, a Tempranillo blend with a very powerful dark berry nose tinged with tobacco and cedar. Medium to full bodied, it leans toward old world with raspberries, cherries, and leather coming on strong, an exceptional balance though tannic, and a very long finish.
+ moments of Paris

+ moments of Paris

In France, forget the beer, it’s not in the culture. But wine does have side effects in Paris: you WILL get philosophical.
+ history lesson in glass

+ history lesson in glass

The history of glass is a long and boring one, you most likely don’t want to read it. So highlights: petrified lighting (lighting-zapped sand) and obsidian (volcanically fused rock/sand) are two forms of natural glass. Then some biped living around 3000 B.C. decided that it’d be rather nice to “harness nature.” So we race up...
+ saturday vino

+ saturday vino

Cheese, olives, 2005 Barolo…need I say more?
+ wine rack

+ wine rack

A dear friend recently bought a wine refrigerator. At first, I thought: insane, extravagant, over-the-top. But then, in hindsight (which never does tend to have a future), I do recall having a modest wine rack myself, though not temperature controlled. Personally it’s quite pleasing to know that a bottle or two waits for me at...
+ when in south france part I

+ when in south france part I

APOLOGIES, the blog’s been dry for a few days, BUT we’ve got a whole spammage of amazing photographs to show all the way from Nice/Bagnols-en-Foret/San Remo/Fréjus/Sainte-Maxime! Fresh air, delicious food, crisp wines, and the best of companies in the south of France.
+ Hacienda Monasterio 2007 Crianza

+ Hacienda Monasterio 2007 Crianza

Everyone once in a while, amongst the ocean of mediocre wines that the world offers, there’s one gem that actually manages to elevate your erudition of enology. Such is the case with the 2007 Crianza by producer Bodegas Hacienda Monasterio. A 92 by Robert Parker, this vintage from the Ribera del Duero region is a...