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The French Laundry Kitchen
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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.


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.


2011 Schrader LPV Beckstoffer
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Schrader LPV Beckstoffer, 2011

Wine Rating: 95

Saturday – Dinner Party

Several times a year, a friend invites me to a dinner party that he hosts at his stunning home, for an evening of bountiful eats. This review reflects on that night.

The gathering that kicked off in the late afternoon and consisted of endless trays of lobster tails, crab legs, coconut shrimp, and waiting on a nearby table, were countless sides that went perfectly with shellfish. I contributed to the evening’s bounty by bringing 10 pounds of my tasty homemade baked ziti, which was a big hit.


Kosta Browne 4-Barrel
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Kosta Browne, 4-Barrel Pinot Noir, 2006

Wine Rating: 94

Today class, we are going to discuss Tasting Analysis in wine. I’m going to break down this process for you and in doing so, show you just how random this method is. It’s like Psychology; there is no wrong answer. Before I dive headfirst into this shallow pool, let me first say that in its simplest form, drinking wine is a pleasure ritual. Tasting wine is not.