Marcassin, Three Sisters Chardonnay 2010
John Turi - Wine, White Wine

Marcassin, Three Sisters Chardonnay, 2010

June 25, 2016 • By

Wine Rating: 94

Lunch – Laguna Beach, June

After a long drive on PCH, we pull into a place we have been to many times. We valet the Porsche (a vintage 1984 Cabriolet) and walk in to the bistro. The smell of fresh seafood being prepped hooks our senses. They have been expecting us. The man who runs the front of the house escorts us outside. From atop the cliffs and as far as the eye can see, are green and blue hues of the Pacific. The California sun lightly toasts our skin as we are seated and a gentle breeze carries the unmistakable sharp smell of the ocean water to us. From our table, we watch large waves crash on the jetted rocks below. A muddled thud echoes as the surf breaks and it sounds like an elephant jumping out of a tree.

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

The French Laundry, A Tale of Food and Wine Pleasure

March 16, 2016 • By

“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

A certain 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 inventive and diverse foods within a highly skilled fine dining setting.

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Joseph Phelps, Insignia 2009
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Joseph Phelps, Insignia 2009

December 29, 2015 • By

Wine Rating: 94

On a picture-perfect winter day I sit in silence in my cellar and look over the vast collection of wine that I’ve acquired over the years. I’ve been seriously researching, drinking and putting away wines for nearly 20 years.

I appreciate, love and applaud the grape inspired youth. Those few who jump into the world of wine in their early twenties, looking for knowledge, and not so much a way to get drunk. Also to those who grow up knowing they wanted to be a sommelier and those who just love wine for the art of winemaking. Especially to those who grew up nowhere near wineries but long to go to UC Davis and learn about Viticulture and finally those who grew up and around vineyards and carry on the family business.

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

Rieslings of Alsace, France

October 25, 2015 • By

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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