Global Gourmet

The Montrachet of Verona

In the heart of Prosecco country---that stretch between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the province of Treviso---there is no better location than the hill of Cartizze. Planted at 1000 feet, its 260 acres of vines are owned by…

Gruet Sparkling Wine

In 1984 Gilbert Gruet---a man who had labored his entire life to create a Champagne label in Bethon, near Epernay---planted an experimental vineyard in New Mexico, of all places. How did such an improbable situation come about? Gruet was certainly…

Donelan Family Wines

Joe Donelan was a paper executive who believed in the power of reinvention. Like many successful people, he traveled in California and France and fell in love with wine--

The Billion-Dollar Tequila

Last week, beverage giant Diageo announced they were buying the Casamigos tequila brand for $1 billion: $700 million up front, and the rest in performance incentives. Casamigos was founded four years ago by George Clooney and his friend Rande Gerber, husband of supermodel Cindy Crawford.

Etch Restaurant, Nashville

The conventional wisdom is that Nashville is the new Charleston, but there are differences. In Nashville, the frenzied pace of high-rise construction is obliterating what’s left of the historic downtown.

The Bourbon Boom

Kentucky Bourbon is now an industry worth $8.5 billion annually; sales have increased by $3 billion per year since 2008, and no end appears to be in sight. Sound familiar? If you’re old enough, you remember a time when brown…

Let Them Eat Pastrami

It has been a rough decade for delicatessen. New York’s famed Stage Deli served its last overstuffed sandwich in 2012, and the Carnegie Deli closed last December. If two such icons can’t make it in the Big Apple, what hope…

Sidebar Cellars

I first met David Ramey in 1992, when he was in charge of the cellar at Chalk Hill. He was obviously a winemaker of great talent, and just as clearly his future was going to be brilliant.

Domaine de la Vougeraie

The flamboyant Jean-Charles Boisset has always been a bit of a maverick. The scion of a Burgundy vintner, he was determined from an early age to move to America. When he ultimately settled in San Francisco in the early 1990s…

Blintzes, Blinis, Crepes and Palatschinke

April 3 was National Blintz Day, which may not mean much if you didn’t grow up with an Eastern European heritage. Still, the appeal of the blintz goes far beyond the former Iron Curtain countries. Who can deny the charms…

Benovia Winery

The landscape of Napa and Sonoma is littered with wineries that were once family-owned, independent and fiercely focused on quality. Over the past decade, many of those wineries were absorbed by the Jacksons and Foleys of this world. In most…

Palm Beach Insider

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