Like oil and water
Ruby was complex
Topped with locks
Of strawberry and rhubarb
She crushed rocks until powder
Boasting her viscosity
Ruby lived fennel fronds
–Domaine de la Mordorée “Dame Rousse” Tavel 2009
The other week, I had dinner with the lovely Chiara Lungarotti and Frank de Falco, at Felidia Ristorante–home of the Wine Media Guild Luncheons–on the Upper East Side. Just in from Toronto, via Boston, Chiara was at the tale end of a twenty hour day, sharing six of her recent wines. Landlocked in Umbria, Chiara owns the family-run Cantine Lungarotti, which transformed from bulk-wine production to estate bottlings, under the guidance of her father, Giorgio Lungarotti in the late 1960′s.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a sponsored luncheon at Novecentro with Edgardo del Popolo, Head Viticulturalist at Doña Paula, along with a few others, including a handful of wine writers and bloggers. On a cold and rainy afternoon, we sat with two whites and five reds, while Edgardo talked of wine in Mendoza.
Last weekend, Ellen, Oscar, and I flew to Wisconsin to meet her pops, so that we might go hunting…for morels. With the early onset of spring, we arrived at the tail end of the season, passing many patches in the woods where Jim later pointed he’d found fungi just the other week. And though it was nearly freezing when we landed in Milwaukee at what felt like 5 (but was really 8 am), Jim had saved what he’d found and we were optimistic that there would still be some to pick.
Brooklyn Uncorked 2010, marks the second anniversary of Imbibe New York! And while yesterday’s event at BAM was the 4th sponsored by Edible Manhattan, Brooklyn, and East End, it was the 3rd that I’ve attended, and so let me say–this glorious day just gets better with every year that passes. In 2009, there were 31 (selected from nearly 50) Long Island wineries in attendance; yesterday there were 23. And believe it or not, we were grateful for the reduction. It seems to me that the participating wineries were more carefully selected, meaning that all of my favorites (with the exception of Paumanok) were there, offering samples of their most intoxicating wares.