Thanksgiving – Fine Wine and Family Hell

Wine Rating: 93 I received a call this afternoon from my sister. A call I usually get this time of year. A call about our plans for Thanksgiving. The dread I could hear in her tone matched that of the dread I...

The Seduction of Dom Perignon

Wine Rating: 96 “You can put the still water in the cabinet… there.” Kneeling tying her tennis shoe, she pointed to a white oak cupboard, next to a stainless-steel Viking refrigerator. I looked at her...

Bertani Amarone, 2006

Wine Rating: 95 The sun was rising as I sat comfortably in the captain’s chair on the quarterdeck of a 48’ Clipper sailboat named It’s Hedly. A beautiful, near-perfect bottle of Italian Amarone wine with rich...

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...

Lemon Limoncello, 2017

Limoncello Rating: 98 I’m ten years old, sitting in my Grandfather’s home in Capistrano, California. The afternoon sun is sneaking through the wooden shutters. The small kitchen is mixed with natural and man...

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The French Laundry

The French Laundry Expierence

“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...

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...

Marcassin, Three Sisters Chardonnay, 2010

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 into the bistro. The smell of fresh...