My old friend Fred Plotkin, food and opera writer extraordinaire, once told me that Austrian food is his second favorite cuisine in the world (Italian, of course, about which he’s written many books, is his first). I was dumbstruck. When he told me this, about five years ago, I barely knew what Austrian food was; I had never even thought of it as a special category.
2010 The Big Easy, Santa Barbara County Red Wine, Fess Parker Winery (you can find it for as little as $25)
There’s lots of surprises here for me. I am not usually a fan of big California reds…especially not of Syrah! But the mind can play funny tricks. When I tasted this big red from Santa Barbara last week, I only knew that the winery was paying homage on the label to the sensuality of New Orleans. Grape varieties?
The Cobb Salad was invented by Bob Cobb, manager of the legendary Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood in the 1920s. The story goes that he threw it together out of left-overs in the restaurant’s fridge, that Jack Warner and his buddies wandered in–and that the Cobb Salad then and there joined the recently discovered Caesar Salad as the light meal of choice for the Hollywood set.
There’s a certain kind of American in Paris…the kind who likes his or her luxury! And within that class of traveler can be found bands of loyalists who keep returning to the same Parisian hotel over and over again: the Plaza-Athenée coterie, the Ritz clique, the Le Crillon klatch. Though I’m always trying to downscale my restaurants in Paris (to get at the REAL food), I fully understand the impulse to live in the lap of luxury in the world’s most luxurious city.
2013 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand ($25)
I normally try to bring you more “hidden” wines in this slot, wines you likely haven’t heard much about…but the new release of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc that I tasted this week knocked me out!
About David Rosengarten
Journalist, television personality, and cookbook author, David Rosengarten has covered great food products, restaurants, wines, gastronomic travel destinations, and related subjects for over 25 years...
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