Wine Travels and Reviews

September 18, 2011

This past weekend I was able to take a little excursion to what many of us deem “sin city." Las Vegas is certainly not for the faint of heart, but to many of us wine lovers and “foodies,” it is an awesome place to explore…because let’s be honest, Vegas has some of the best of the best in the world of food and wine. My beau, Mr. Santi Wilkinson (General Manager of The Mediterranean) and I, were there to explore, and that we did. With some assistance from a few great friends - who over the years have enjoyed Vegas like we were about to - we wined and dined at a few of the...

September 6, 2011

 

Over the Labor Day weekend, Gili Lockwood (Manager of the Boulder Wine Merchant and Advanced Sommelier) and I were fortunate to work an amazing party that was inspired by a horizontal tasting of the 1997 Brunello di Montalcino wines from Tuscany.  Our host was generous enough to open eleven different bottles of wine. There were nine examples from the 1997 vintage, a 1993...

July 24, 2011

Way back when I was in high school I had an eccentric history teacher who had spent a lot of time over seas before taking the job at my school. She had, what to me was, a very revolutionary belief. She thought the drinking age of 21 was ridiculous for fermented beverages, and she would often exclaim that "Wine and Beer are food!" She seemed legitimately perplexed by the law in the United States.

At the time I had no idea what she was talking about, I just liked the idea that someone was making the argument that I should be allowed to drink. But now that I'm old enough to learn a little more history on my own beyond the political history she was required to teach, I begin to understand what she meant. Wine and...

April 8, 2011

For the 9th year running, Daniel Johnnes and his esteemed team have managed to host what is quietly known as one of the most exclusive food and wine events in the world.  This celebration draws together a combination of the world’s finest collectors, producers, and industry professionals, yet remains somewhat of an underground event.  It lacks the general publicity of most wine events, but captures the attention of anyone who truly loves great Burgundy wine.

The modern day Paulee of Burgundy started in 1923 with the inspiration of Jules Lafon, the grandfather of Dominique Lafon, as an end of harvest celebration for the local farmers and winemakers of Meursault.  From the beginning, the event has always...

March 16, 2011

Austria may be the most undiscovered food and wine lovers’ paradise in the world.  In and around Vienna are some of the most cutting edge restaurants and highest quality wineries anywhere in the world.  Sure it is easy to think of Austria and be reminded of Schnitzel, cabbage, and beer.  However, while you can get a schnitzel and a beer, this country has so much more to offer.  It is fabulously rich with culture of music, food, wine, coffee, skiing, and more.  In fact, my last wine trip there was one of the most exciting and eye opening wine trips of my life.  The food, wine, and enthusiasm of the wine communities were remarkable.

Austria has a 4000 year history of viticulture, but it wasn...