Last night we walked up to Luci Ancora for dinner (or I should say down … it’s all downhill from our house). I’ve been there many times for wine business lunches, but haven’t been for dinner in a couple of years. Also, since for most lunches I’m there with a winemaker or winery rep, there […]
I had been trying to get to Surdyk’s Flights, the new wine bar, deli, and wine shop inside Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport, for months. I’d flown out of town about five times in the previous twelve weeks, but each and every time I flew out of the Humphrey Terminal (now confusingly and blandly called Terminal […]
Two nights ago I conducted a fantastic class called “Battle of the Cabernets”. It was a great event, and an eye-opener for everybody involved. I’m not a fan of blind tasting in the way that most approach it. I don’t like being handed a glass of wine with somebody asking “What do you think it […]
I taught a great Ultimate Intro to Wine Class last night … a fun group, great questions, good energy (it’s always the students that really make the class). One of the topics we talked about is the role of the wine cellar in historical context and present definition. In the past, when many wines were […]
Image is from the wonderful not to be missed Dr. Vino blog (Tyler Coleman) who has an another good story of wine and snow. I awoke early this morning, looked out the window, and smiled. It’s a snowday. The predictions are in the range of 15 to 24 inches of the white stuff, with strong […]
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. It truly is my favorite of all the holidays … the one day per year that we as a country and a culture come together to eat and drink and give thanks (for the magic of fermentation amongst other things). I love it, and I absolutely hate what has […]
Late notice, but there are a few seats still available. Chef Joan Ida and I are doing a fantastic dinner inspired by Rhone varieties, tomorrow night at the Highland Grill. Only $65 per person, and it’s bound to be a terrific night! Look here for more info.