Monday, November 23, 2009

Back from California...and Weekend News Roundup

What an amazing experience. Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to California to attend the Harlan Estate 25th anniversary dinner at Poggio in Sausalito. I’ll be posting tasting notes and impressions here in the coming weeks, and will be writing a longer piece on the experience for John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet (which I’ll link up as soon as it runs). But for now, it’ll have to suffice to say that everything about the experience--from the food and the wine to the people I met at the dinner--exceeded even my highest expectations. Wine highlights belonged to the 1999 Bond Vecina and the 1997 Harlan, though all of the bottles opened this past Thursday night were spectacular. Keep an eye out for tasting notes and photos in the next week or two.

As far as wine news, here are a couple of links to check out as you ease your way back into the work week--shortened though it may be by Thanksgiving...

The New York Times ran its annual roundup of wine books for the holiday season. They make great gifts for both wine lovers and people just getting into it. The link is right here.

Yesterday, The San Francisco Chronicle’s web site featured an article on American sparkling wines for the holidays. There are some great ones out there these days, and Thanksgiving week is the perfect time to start sampling them. For details, click here.

Finally, Wine Spectator has posted the videos for its top 10 wines of the year. The link for the number-one wine (produced by Columbia Crest) is right here.


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