Get ready to pop open those ‘70s cabernets—it’s the 40th Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris. On May 24, 1976 Napa wine came of age and beat Bordeaux’s best. And the diverse gang that made it happen still makes waves in the wine world.
Wine books worth reading: Tangled Vines is a gripping tale of “greed, murder, obsession and an arsonist in the vineyards of California”; Riesling Rediscovered: Bight, Bold and Dry depicts the noble wine’s many angles.
Proud Cypriots claim that their culture is the oldest in the world, boasting archeological evidence of human existence as early as 12,000 years ago. For them the practice of sourcing products locally is not a trend but a long-standing culinary tradition.
Today with the prevalence of social media, every single guest who walks into your restaurant should be considered a restaurant critic that will judge all aspects of their experience, from the food and service to the atmosphere of the restaurant. Worrying about the specialty menu or cocktail pairings can no longer be the main concern for restaurant owners. Instead, the entire dining experience should be carefully analyzed from the moment visitors walk in the door to the second they leave.
Añejo rums are smooth and luxurious. These aged rums have more in common with Cognac and Sherry than they do with their light rum, un-aged counterparts. They are elegant, sophisticated spirits best appreciated in a brandy snifter.
Bo Peep loses them in a nursery rhyme, insomniacs count them, and renegade family members are labeled as black ones. Sheep have been a cultural icon for millennia and their lamb a mainstay of menus around the globe for even longer. Grilled loin chops and roasted racks, crusted with herbs and garlic, can be found everywhere that Mary went, but some of the less frequently used cuts are the ones that are now creating the real buzz and bleats in professional kitchens.
While Chef Bahr is known for his winning appearance on the Food Network’s Chopped! as well as his command over ingredients such as oysters and duck, there is something else on the table at Restaurant Cotton and it’s no novelty.
Big aromas of ripe red and black summer berries, black cherry, cassis, clove, and black tea, over spicy oak and gamey notes. Rich and round on the mouth, with luscious black plum, sweet berry, currant, and bittersweet chocolate, over leather and earthy notes. Full and smooth finish of soft tannins and peppery spice. Great wine.
Fresh and lively, with aromas of summer berries, nectarine, and touches of floral and spice. Clean, crisp palate, featuring strawberry, white peach, and notes of citrus and minerals. Pleasant, easy finish.
Aromas of fresh grapefruit, kiwi, white peach, melon, and briney minerals. Lively on the palate, showing Meyer lemon, lime, green apple, and cut grass flavors. Good acidity and minerals on the finish. Great with seafood.
Ripe aromas of black cherry, red currant, and plum, over earthy notes and a touch of spice. Soft on the palate, with dark cherry, black summer berries, and baking spice. Easy tannins on the balanced finish.da Vinci
Plum and black cherry dominate the nose, with clove, star anise, and earthy notes. Round and silky on the palate, showing mature red and black fruit flavors, over notes of sandalwood and light smoke. Extended finish with a peppery end.
Enticing floral aromas of rich black summer berries, dark plum, blueberry, dried cherry and wild herbs, over spicy cedar and earthy mineral notes. Lush palate of black cherry, cooked plum, cassis, espresso, dried tobacco, dark chocolate, and a touch of earth and spicy oak. Rich and smooth finish, with silky tannins and peppery spice. Wonderful wine
Round and rich, with aromas of dark cherry, plum, and currant jam, with spicy oak and a touch of vanilla. Soft on the palate, with blackberry, Bing cherry, and cassis, over notes of earthy minerals and eucalyptus. Silky tannins on the lingering finish.
Rich aromas of black and red berries, dark plum, and cassis, over notes of baking spice and cedar. Full-flavored, with blackberry, dried currant, cooked plum, vanilla, and spice. Balance finish of smooth tannins and toasted oak. Very nice wine.
Aromas of sweet apple, pear, white peach, and bright citrus, with pineapple, guava, and a note of minerals. Creamy on the palate, offering apple, pear, lemon, and vanilla cream. Clean and fresh with a zesty finish. Great house pour.
Round and rich, with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, plum, and currant jam, over spicy oak, chocolate, and coffee. Ripe palate of dark fruit, cassis, cigar box, baking spice, and earthy minerals, with a note of eucalyptus. Silky tannins on the lingering finish. Good by-the-glass choice.
Subtle aromas of fresh red berries, watermelon, and rose hips, with just a touch of spice. Refreshingly bright on the palate, offering pomegranate and strawberry flavors, with great acidity and mineral notes on the end. Delicious.
Ripe pear, cantaloupe, mango, and Meyer lemon aromas, over notes of toast and warm oak. Beautifully balanced on the palate, offering fresh white peach, apricot, pear, and crème brûlée flavors, with hints of spice and minerals. Refreshing finish, with lemon, limestone, and yeasty notes on the end. A delicious wine.
Abundant aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis, and baking spice, over warm toasted oak, chocolate, and peppery mineral notes. Rich and juicy on the palate, showing black and red fruit compote, licorice, and baking spice, with a touch of vanilla caramel and earthy notes. Smooth tannins on the rich fruit and spice finish. Luscious.
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Opens with wonderful berry, dark cherry, and herbal aromas, with distinct floral and cedar notes. Ripe and rich red and black summer berries on the palate, over cassis, pomegranate, peppery spice, and subtle vanilla oak. A touch of spicy licorice on the long, fruity finish.
Stone fruit, pineapple, and citrus aromas open to touches of vanilla, sweet oak, and toast. Bright on the palate, with balanced flavors of sweet apple, white peach, and melon, over spicy minerals and citrus. Clean, balanced finish with lingering fruit and good acidity. Great structure
Mature black and red fruit, spicy cedar, licorice, and toasty vanilla aromas. Round and full on the palate, with blackberry, black cherry, cassis, desert spice, and smoky oak flavors. Smooth tannins on the balanced finish. Good value.
Aromas of pear, peach, apricot, and grapefruit, with light toasted oak and minerals. Balanced on the palate, showing Golden Delicious apple, pear, and fresh lemon flavors. Refreshing citrus finish, ending with briny mineral notes. Good value.
Rich, with lush aromas of cooked apple, apricot, Meyer lemon, toasted almonds, and vanilla crème, with light toasted oak. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, with Macintosh apple, yellow peach, fresh pear and lemon, over touches of peppery spice and minerals. Balanced acidity on the citrus and limestone finish. Very well crafted.
Bright and fresh, with aromas of ripe berries, pomegranate, and orange zest, over light spicy notes. Fruity and crisp on the palate, showing flavors of fresh strawberry, watermelon, citrus and minerals. Clean finish with balanced acidity on the end. Great food wine.
Spicy aromas of black pepper and herbs, with blackberry, raspberry, and plum fruit. Ripe on the palate, offering jammy black fruit, warm vanilla toast, and spicy oak, over touches leather and smoke. Balanced and rich finish. Great structure.