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Last week, I attended the Chablis Dinner at The Bouley Test Kitchen.  It was a fabulous evening, full of great wine, plates, and company! Winemakers Christian Moreau and Jean-Marc Brocard were in attendance and my favorite pours of the night were Chablis 1er cru Vaillons 2009 Christian Moreau Pere et Fils, and Chablis Grand Cru Preuses 2007 Domaine Nathalie et Gilles Fevre, which is all about mica, and was served with Organic Connecticut Farm Egg with Comté Foam, Polenta and Carrot Powder.  Divine!

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A few days after opening, Eataly’s Bierreria, the new rooftop beer garden with a bird’s eye view of the Flatiron, gave way to an event to announce the new Food and Wine MBA at Alma Graduate School at the University of Bologna.  There was a panel with Italian food personality, Lidia Bastianich, and the owner if Eataly, Oscar Farinetti.  But it was Fabio Parasecoli, the coordinator of the New School Food Studies Program, who best summarized the marriage between the MBA and Food and Wine.  “How do we manage to brand–to promote– to understand the value of food…Consumers are interested in understanding stories, histories…What do I buy when I buy this food?  How do I create an industry around this tradition?”  And so, since it’s always a good time to recreate oneself, which can best be done through travel and school, the curious should consider and if interested, apply for one of the ten full-scholarships that are currently being offered, for this one-year immersion program.  Deadline is July 15th.  Apply here.

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Drink.Think

Brainchild of Kara Newman, author of Spice & Ice, and more…, Drink.Think is a spoken-word event “dedicated to celebrating what we drink.” Next Wednesday, I’ll be reading wine poetry at Lolita Bar, alongside a host of talented writers. It’s bound to be a fabulous evening. You can read more about the event here. I hope to see you there!

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Celebrating Monday’s Champagne Grand Tasting 2011, at the Plaza with a bit of prose in notes:

Disgorged just seven months back

This dame’s done her time

On lees

A whiff of perfumed talc

He breathes deeper as she passed

Apple stalked by savory

She takes her own hand

And circles

Becoming one with herself

St. Chamant Brut Blanc de Blanc 1999

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In 2006, when Ellen and I were in Romania, this is how we bought wine.  Sec or Demi-Sec.  Those were the options at the co-op in Suceava, and I remember thinking that the wine wasn’t bad.  It was certainly better than what we’d been drinking in bottles, and it was fresh.  But, unlike Bulgaria–where Ellen and I had just visited, after spending time there in ’96, years before we met–Romania was still producing wines that didn’t seem qualified for export.  Bulgaria’s wine industry had exploded in the past ten years; we couldn’t believe the variety and quality of wines we could get.  In Romania–blame Ceausescu–if such a market was in existence, we hadn’t been able to find it.  And so, five years later, I was delighted to attend the “Select Wines of Romania,” a tasting downtown featuring six Romanian Wineries.

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The other week, the Wine Media Guild of New York hosted a luncheon to showcase a number of California’s Centenary Wineries.  Schramsberg, Wente, Buena Vista, Charles Krug, Beaulieu, Simi, and Gundlach Bundschu–all the players were there.  And with a number of older vintages on hand, this was an awesome opportunity to taste the state of west coast wines before they fell victim [in]to the vat of jam.

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Unable to attend the trade’s portfolio tasting on Monday, I swung by Astor Center on Saturday, with David and Ellen, to taste a few new releases from Jenny & François Selections.  And though there were a number of wines with light acidity thrown into the mix, I give Jenny & François great credit–for two of my most favorite producers on that day were from California, and I cannot remember the last time I left a tasting (other than their 2010 fall portfolio event) screaming the praises of wines from the West Coast.

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