Talking about a wine often leads to a discussion about the winery. Here are three California wineries who make special efforts to welcome guests and share their wines and vineyard experiences with them.
It’s often the people and places behind a wine as much as detail on the nose and finish that create a wine’s value. People dine out to “meet” the winemaker and learn where they make their wine. The principals and terroir at two Italian wineries recently captured my attention.
From vodka made from milk to liqueur crafted with poblano chiles, from classic Bourbon with 1,001 barrel options to American single malt whiskey aged in local oak, the spirits world is popping with unique options.
When dining out at home, I chose a menu that included Pho noodle soup rather than lemon condiment courgette. I wondered how I was going to learn the lingo to write about this food. I could at least draw on my skills as a landscape designer and garden writer to appreciate what lay on my plate from a visual perspective.
On the fourth day, we worked on rough drafts of our stories. Jean-Loup Verdier, the co-owner of Hotel Evêché, invited me to sit at a table on the patio to write where the Provençal light provided illumination.