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Vanilla and Leather

This 2014 vintage has the most gorgeously addictive nose — and the wine itself was smooth and quite light despite the unusually high alcohol content. Scored highly by most others and is very well priced. Seek it out. alcoholBeranqualiaWineZinfandel

Guy Breton P’tit Max Morgon 2011

If you like a wine that is the qualic embodiment of a dank medieval cellar (and per chance you also like the most pungent of soft cheeses, say Époisses) then this Morgon which I had at Joe Beef will be a most memorable experience. Other available Morgons, as good as they were, never lived up to this one. Here…

Château Latour 1917

I had the good fortune to be able to taste a 100 year old Château Latour this past week. Now I’ve never had any strong desire to experience a vintage merely for its exclusivity and I certainly would not ever pay even a fifth of the market price for the privilege, however fantastic a wine…

Morgon Mathieu and Camille Lapierre

I had hoped to score a $20 bottle of Morgon but they were out. So I went with this one hoping for that dank, damp character that I so enjoy, impressions not exactly jibbing with an expert opinion as per below. In addition I experienced an almost carbonated bubbly feel on the tongue. The aroma was fantastic:…

2013 PARABOLL PINOT NOIR

Superb! Each slurp begins with a tingling on the tongue. And in case you are wondering about Boontling . . . Here is the irritating git from Sideways waxing lyrical about Pinot Noir: BoontlingFoursight Winesparaboll pinot noirpinot noirqualiasidewaysWine

Keith Floyd: the last great Englishman and Gastronomic Pilgrim

Dear Hector, I finally decided to take a bit of exercise on the historic pilgrim’s way to Santiago. Incidentally the handmade boots from Jermyn Street are bearing up beautifully. D’you know though it’s jolly solitary being a pilgrim — gives one time to reflect and ponder the quiet beauty that is Galicia. — Floyd Around…

Northern California Gastronomic Summary

On a recent trip to Northern California here are the highlights (with a couple of lowlights), listed alphabetically. Cape Fear Cafe Pricey but you will get a more than decent meal. Chile Lindo Empanadas that were disappointing. More like an overly dry Cornish pasty. Dandelion Chocolate Best chocolate I’ve come across and that includes France…