Archive for May, 2010

nose: lightly floral, wild strawberries, peaches, caramel, rose petals; copper/champagne color palate: unripe peaches, subtle spices, generous body, rich but delicate (reminiscent of Valter Scarbolo’s Ramato XL) notes: region- Albères (at the foothills of the Pyrenées), Languedoc, Roussillion; varietal- 100% grenache gris; “Tramontane” is the name of the northerly wind that sweeps through the Roussillion, […]


Nose:  ripe summer fruits such as honeyed apricot, peach, and orange peel, with hints of earthy mushroom aromas. Very dense golden color and aroma. Palate:  tropical fruits, quince, wild flowers, velvety texture with a great long finish. Notes: region- Hegyalja, Tokaj, Hungary ; varietal- Furmint blend (mostly Furmint, with some Hárslevelú and Muscat de Lunel); […]


This is a simple variant of the classic Margarita, using St. Germain elderflower liqueur instead of triple sec.  St. Germain, sweet and floral, blends well with the herbal notes of the tequila and produces a refreshing finish.  Perfect for a spring or summer afternoon with some fresh guacamole. 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila 1 ounce […]


While in LA for our brother’s wedding, the theme of our weekend-long cooking party revolved around the ingredients (new and old) from our parents’ garden: in particular, fennel, beets, and fava beans. Mom had harvested the fava beans in late winter/early spring and froze them down for later use. These came into play perfectly for […]


This past weekend we opened 2 bottles of Bastianich’s celebrated Friulian white wines. Though we didn’t taste them side by side, we were still able to compare and contrast their differences and subtleties. The 2005 Tocai Plus (Christy’s favorite) we had with dinner at Church & State on Friday night, while the 2007 Vespa Bianco […]


This past weekend I lunched with friends at Gjelina in Venice Beach. This little oasis on Abbot Kinney Blvd, though known for its celebrity sightings, comes through with incredible food at a reasonable price.. all in an exotically beachy setting. The interior of the restaurant is very chic and trendy with several tall communal tables […]