About a week ago, I attended the annual Wine Writers’ Symposium, based at the splendid Meadowood Resort on Silverado Trail. Increasingly, the Symposium has also shared facilities with the CIA, just across the valley floor in St. Helena. Now, as you may already know…..Napa Valley wine, at its most scale-tipping typical…..is not exactly my cup of tea. So I didn’t go into this thing expecting any wine revelations. I also thought I knew what to expect Symposium-wise, having spoken there four years ago. But lots of things rocked my world during this most enjoyable visit. Here are the five most interesting and relatable things I took away from my week in Napa Valley:
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To start, palate-invigorating Champagne…
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.”
Rather than surveying the whole international wine constellation every time a wine is needed for, say, fried chicken…why don’t we simply train ourselves to recognize “wine groups” that always go well with food? Like five or ten of them? Doesn’t that make life a lot easier?
Without doubt, it was the painting in my hotel room that got to me most of all. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that no single detail in a hotel room, in recent memory, has affected me this much.