Harvest moon shinin’ down from the sky…is there anything in the heavens that causes more legends, rituals and myths on earth? It is an awesome sight, to be sure, hangin’ low and smoky just over the horizon…and it’s those awesome sights that for millennia have gotten the human sensibilities churning!
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One of my favorite “brands” in the New World for good-value wine is Alamos: bouncy reds (like Cabernet) and crisp whites (like this one). The quality in this Alamos line makes sense; Alamos is made by the Catena family in Mendoza, who also make some of the New World’s best expensive wines. Back down at the everyday level, the grape variety Torrontés is usually behind my favorite Argentine whites, particularly when grown, as this one is, in Salta (which is north of Mendoza).
David‘s Wine of the Week: 2012 Chablis Saint Jean, Louis Max ($23)
With grapes preponderantly from limestone soil, this Chablis–a light straw in the glass–is subtle and come-hither in the nose, but a nice touch of wet stone grows with aeration. The palate is where I was sold: dry, with stunning electric acidity, just like it oughta be in Chablis. As an extra thrill, a few Meursault-like nutty notes finally develop in the glass.
Raucous Blow-Out at Terroir in Murray Hill (NYC): Sneak Peek of the David Rosengarten Wine for Food Portfolio
My beloved group of new wine imports–each one of which says “A David Rosengarten Wine for Food”–took a giant leap forward yesterday as we hosted over a hundred very enthusiastic trade people and press people at Paul Grieco’s shrine to Riesling in Manhattan, Terroir in Murray Hill.
The principal reason I love Riesling as much as I do is obvious: it’s simply the joyful, nervy, exhilarating way it tastes…and how seamlessly that taste goes with food.
But…aha!…there are other reasons as well! No grape in the world (with the possible exception of Pinot Noir) leads as demonstrably to finished wine that is a document of its own geography.
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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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