Monday, August 30, 2010

Tasting with the Stars, Part 1

I returned late last night from a three-day whirlwind in Los Angeles with Wine Chateau’s President and CEO Saurabh Abrol and 50 or 60 of the top names in television. We were out West to taste and discuss wine with more than four dozen Emmy nominees and presenters at the GBK Productions gift lounge at the breathtaking SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, where we also stayed during our time in LA.

I’ll be posting photos and video in the coming days and weeks, as well as details about who liked which wines. For now, however, it’ll have to suffice to say that the experience was unlike anything we’ve ever done before. Drinking Tenuta Valleselle’s Amarone della Valpolicella “Aurum” with Gregory Itzin (24’s President Logan), or Cakebread Chardonnay Reserve with Daniel Dae Kim and Henry Ian Cusick (Lost’s Jin and Desmond, respectively) is definitely not how we usually spend our time away, but then again, nothing about these past few days was ordinary.

And it wasn’t just the whole tasting-wine-with-Emmy-nominees part of the time that made the weekend. No, it was the entire experience, including one of the best meals we’ve ever had the good fortune to enjoy. Our hotel was home to what John Mariani named restaurant of the year 2009 in Esquire Magazine: The Bazaar by Jose Andres, where we ate Friday night.

I’ll write more about that meal in a separate post (any restaurant that serves foie gras cotton candy, a margarita with “salt air,” and a Philly cheese steak with “air bread” and molten cheese, deserves its own description), but for now it’ll have to suffice to say that this past weekend, in its entirety, was one that we’ll remember for a very long time to come.

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