April 20, 2013 |
When I set out to study wine, it wasn't obvious how to do it or where to go. I'd worked in a wine shop in San Francisco one summer when the proprietor was away and the wine clerks in charge opened fabulous bottles to taste - all summer long. Wine and food writer Colman Andrews had told me about the master of wine program, but at the time it was only in London and you had to be part of the wine trade to participate. Now the word "sommelier" and the profession have entered the popular imagination - there's even a documentary, "Somm," that is ready to hit the theaters.
February 7, 2014 |
If you're one of the impatient ones, and have to have a bottle of Brangelina's latest rosé from Provence right now, you'll have to jet over to London or France. That's right. The first bottles of 2013 Château Miraval Côtes de Provence rosé will be sold first in France and England. There's been a waiting list for the wine since last year and the people on it were notified by email that they could sign on Thursday and buy one case of six bottles each. Just in time for Valentine's Day. Go to the website and you'll be informed very politely, in French, that the reservation list for the first bottles of the 2013 vintage is now closed.
February 19, 2014 |
From the legendary Quintarelli estate in Valpolicella, here's a lovely and surprising white wine scented with white peaches and lime. With its minerality and bright acidity, this could be the Veneto's analogue to Grüner Veltliner. Perfect for impressing a wine geek. It's terrific with oysters and chilled shrimp, and a great choice with a frittata or omelet. It works with asparagus too. And, of course, it would be ideal with sushi and Thai food. Region: Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy Price: $38 to $40 Style: Crisp and minerally What it goes with: Chilled shellfish, omelet and frittata, sushi, Thai food Where to find it: John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310)
September 3, 1997 |
Explore the flavors of current California Chardonnays at the Wine House. Jamie Giannioses hosts the tasting, which will include samples from Babcock, Macrostie, Pahlmeyer and Patz and Hall wineries. The properties of Chardonnay as well as food pairings will be discussed. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Reservations required. The Wine House, 2311 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles; (310) 479-3731. $35.
May 4, 2013 |
I could drink a bottle of this Morgon "Côte du Py" from Jean Foillard every week with the greatest of pleasure. How beautiful is the bottle, with its red wax seal? The wine itself is soft and unctuous, tasting of prunes and dried cherries, a voluptuous cru Beaujolais made with painstaking care. The organically farmed vines from the famed "Côte du Py" range from 10 all the way up to 90 years of age. This is a very serious Gamay. It's beautiful with grilled sausages, stews, a simple roast chicken or duck.
February 9, 2012
Here are a few places to find wines from the wineries mentioned in this article: The 2009 Sandhi "Santa Rita Hills" Chardonnay is available at Rosso Wine Shop, Glendale, (818) 330-9130, http://www.rossowineshop.com , and Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com , about $28. Tyler wines, including the "Clos Pepe" Pinot Noir and the "Zotovich Vineyard" Chardonnay, are available at Wally's Wine & Spirits in Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com , John & Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits, West Hollywood, (310)