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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…