Celebrating One Hundred Years of Caesar Salad: From Tijuana to Bordeaux

Classic Caesar salad savor the harvest

July fourth was the one hundred year anniversary of the Caesar Salad, one of my absolute favorites. The salad’s four-day celebratory festival taking place in Tijuana, Mexico ends today (July seventh). Tijuana you ask? It was there the salad was concocted by Césare Cardini, an Italian immigrant who arrived in Tijuana in 1920. His restaurant was appropriately named Cesare’s and… Read more »

Chignin-Bergeron – Wine to know from Savoie, an alpine region

Gonzague is as generous with the wines he shares as he is with his unwavering friendship. Knowing smaller producers and more unusual wines speak to me, this French man showed up at our door with a bottle of Chignin-Bergeron. This name on a label immediately means it’s from the Savoie. Let me first set the stage. Chignon-Bergeron is a cru,… Read more »

Cellar Frisach L’Abrunet Negre: Natural Wine from Terra Alta

Cellar Frisach Terra Alta

Arenales in San Sebastián, Spain, is a small restaurant and bar known for its natural wines. It offers a relaxed atmosphere with tasty small plates and various wines, including Cellar Frisach’s eco-friendly L’Abrunet Negre. The bar provides a unique alternative to traditional pinxto hopping.

Wild Asparagus and Wines – Yes, A Pairing is Possible

wild Bath asparagus wine pairing savor the harvest

Each year beginning in spring, I look for a vegetable slightly resembling asparagus. Sometimes called Bath Asparagus or Spiked Star of Bethlehem, it is distantly related to the common green asparagus we know. Just as delicious, I buy it often during the short availability window it appears in farmers’ markets and stores. With a milder flavor than green asparagus and… Read more »

Seguret and Chou Farci (Duck) with Domaine de Pourra

I met proprietor Jean-Christian Mayordome at Vignerons Indépendants in Bordeaux. A former doctor, his desire was to grow grapes and make wine was stronger than practicing medicine, thus he created this estate from scratch in 1998. He farms about 26h (63 acres) in the Southern Rhone: Gigondas AOC and Seguret Côtes du Rhone Villages areas. He used natural practices from… Read more »

Northern Italian Chardonnay Delivers Big Taste – Vie di Romans Winery

Mark and I recently had a surprise tasting with my wine-loving brother, who pulled out this wine from Vie di Romans: Ciampagnis Chardonnay vintage 2021 from the Fruili Isonzo DOC. So impressed with it, I reached out to the winery for more information. The Gallo Family, with winemaker Gianfranco Gallo (not the Californian Gallo empire), cultivate vines and produce wines… Read more »

Mencia Vino Tinto from Nanclares y Prieto Viticultores

Nanclares y Prieto Mencia

On a recent visit to San Sebastián, we purchased ‘a senda Vermella’ 2021, a Mencia-dominant wine from Nanclares y Prieto, Galician winemakers practicing biodynamic, organic methods. This small-production wine, which also includes Espadeiro and Caiño grapes, offers floral, fruity, and peppery notes with just 11.5% alcohol, perfect for relaxing evenings.