When I heard last week about the legal action taken against the Huy Fong company in Rosemead, California–makers of the Sriracha sauce that conquered America, and rang up $60 million in sales last year–I had all kinds of mixed emotions.
This excellent wine comes from a little-known appellation in southern France…hence its excellent price! Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan is one of many specific Vin de Pays appellations throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Do not think that there’s something inferior about a Vin de Pays designation from this area: some terrific wines are made in its name!
If you ask an Italian where the best food is in Italy, you almost always get the same answer. “Eh,” they like to say. “At my mother’s house!”…looking like “how could you be so stupid to not know that?”
When American wine-lovers think of Chile, they think of Sauvignon Blanc from cool-weather spots like Casablanca (especially Leyda), and they think of brawny New World reds, especially the old Bordeaux varietal now associated only with its chunky life in Chile, Carmenère. On a trip to Chile almost three years ago, I visited a new wine-making region…
When I was planning my first trip to Hong Kong, about 20 years ago, the head chef of a very elegant and famous Cantonese restaurant in that great eating city wrote to me, telling me how proud he was of his “stork.” He mentioned the “stork” several times in his letter, and I was tingling with the anticipation of tasting something completely new.
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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