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Rieslings of Alsace, France
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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, A Review
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The French Laundry, A Review

“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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Napa Rose Restaurant, Disneyland

So, let’s mix things up a bit this month; shall we. Instead of my usual wine column I thought I would instead review one of my favorite California restaurants. I know what you’re thinking, how could some obscure eatery on the west coast benefit me, unless I live there? Well although it may seem obscure, it’s not like I’m reviewing a place that’s in the middle of Podunk Nowhere. And even if we were, I don’t see it hurting Drive-Ins, Dinners and Dives one little bit, but I digress. As I was saying, we aren’t in B.F.E., we’re in Southern California and I know in addition to many people visiting here for their vacations there are also hundreds of thousands who come here every year, just to spend a day or two, at the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’. Well, it just so happens that the restaurant I am going to tell you about is about 2-miles from where I live and it’s a place I thought everyone could put on their list of places to dine, because when they come to Anaheim, California and visit Disneyland, this unexpected gem is walking distance from the most famous mouse on the planet.

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Morry's of Naples
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Morry’s of Naples

Who doesn’t remember their first time? And when was yours? What bottle converted you from a wine drinker to a wine lover? Transformed you from a wine aficionado to a sommelier? As the years continue to pass by, there’s often a period one reflects back on fondly and for many, there’s that paramount moment, that instant when it all changed and your life from that instant on would be different. To recall, that single sip, that first glass, could have altered your feelings toward wine and open you up in such a way, that you take it in and truly appreciate the ‘genuine passion’ it took for that wine to reach you – from vine to splendor.

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