Williams Selyem Vineyard
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

William & Selyem, Bucher, 2009

Wine Rating: 94

“God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”  – André Tchelistcheff

Pinot Noir: the impossible grape varietal that should not be. It’s a tough vine to grow, from its immensely delicate skin to its persnickety need for precise growing temperatures, along with its critical preference to soil types. The vines need water, but one mustn’t dare overdo it. The vines need sunlight, but not too much, not too little. Then there’s the willowy, delicate branches and the slender, fragile trunk. So naturally, this is my absolute favorite. I adore everything about this grape. Everything.

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Alsace, France
John Turi - Wine, Places to Try, White Wine

Rieslings of Alsace, France

A little bit of history that is worth revisiting.

In 1500 B.C. the land was cultivated by the Celts. Around 58 B.C. the Romans conquered, took the land and made it the center of their wine region. Grape growing for the purpose of fermenting was so significant to the Roman way of life, that they built barricades and military camps to protect the vines.

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The French Laundry Kitchen
John Turi - Wine, Places to Try

The French Laundry, A Tale of Food and Wine Pleasure

“When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.” ― Thomas Keller

An individual approach is needed, even before you decide to dine at The French Laundry. One must be exploratory. Also, it helps if you’re someone who enjoys creative and diverse foods within a highly skilled fine dining setting.

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Renato Ratti
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Renato Ratti, Rocche 2008

Wine Rating: 92

One of my memories of growing up in an Italian home in New Jersey is seeing wine on the table at every dinner. I especially remember Sunday nights. As far back as I can recall, every Thursday, my mother would start to prep for the big Sunday dinner. Sometimes this included relatives, neighbors, and family friends, and other times just my father, sister, mother and me. No matter what size the gathering, there was enough food for a small army. My mother learned size portioning from her father, who would make family meals that could feed a small city.

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