Unfortunately, I don’t pass through Germany’s Pfalz region too often (it’s a lusty wine-growing area that I love, just to the east of France’s Alsace). But, when I do get there, the top of my gastronomic list is the uber-hearty local specialty of saumagen (pronounced ZOW-mahg-en). Yup. “Sau” means pig (as in sow), and “magen” means stomach. So what we have here, mein freund, is a stuffed pig’s stomach!
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SPECIAL REPORT: GETAWAY DAY—TODAY—PARIS TO NEW YORK
It has been a long, hard road trip—Turkey, France, Germany. But in a few months you will see the fruits in the form of breathtaking wines at good prices that I dug out and slurped up. One interesting note from Sunday lunch, yesterday, in Paris: On this trip everyone is telling me how popular “le hamburger” is, in France!
It was one of the most spectacular wine invitations of my life—and it turned out to be one of the most spectacular wine parties as well. I left New York this Monday for Istanbul, a guest of Dom Pérignon champagne. Why? Because they are launching just now a much-awaited wine—their “dark jewel,” as they call it—the 2002 Dom Pérignon Rosé. Both the wine and the city, the French say, are “rich and vivacious, mineral and sensual, ample and precise, inviting and mysterious…one legend calls for another.”
What happens when you can’t book passage from Santorini to Crete for a Cretan wine-tasting? You convince the Cretan winemakers to come to Santorini for lunch! Today’s offering from DRTV tells the whole, sun-drenched story.
Greek wine has been on the rise for decades…but what does it take to convince the world market that it’s not all Retsina? Well…how did California convince the world market that it’s not all jug red? In the latter case, the answer is…Mondavi. In the former case…the answer’s in this video from DRTV!