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).
Hoo-hah! Big news! I am getting into bed with Languedoc-Roussillon! I have long been fascinated by the wines, the red wines in particular, of this vast territory in south-central France.
And…as you perhaps know…I made the decision a year ago to start working on wine imports (I’ll STILL be wearing my journalist hat at the same time, of course!). I was just gettin’ tired of seeing the kinds of wines I love for food…so little available in the U.S.! So I grouped the hard-to-find, food-lovin’ wines into ten categories.
The Rosengarten Wine Portfolio rolls on!!! I am pleased beyond words to introduce into the U.S. market the amazing dry wines (white and red!) of Philipp Kuhn, one of Germany’s greatest winemakers, a perennial award-winner in Germany’s top wine magazines. Kuhn’s winery is in the burgeoning area of the Pfalz (formerly known as the Rheinpfalz)…a lush, historic region that includes many of the best young winemakers in German today. It is where the action is, undoubtedly!
I recently spent a thoroughly beguiling three nights at The Meadowood Resort on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley; really and truly, if you’re planning a Napa fantasy, you should most definitely book one of their mountainside cottages as your accommodation. The luxury, the pampering, the comfort…not to mention the fact that you feel so strongly that you are in a rural place.
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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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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