Tasting Notes: A wine varietal native to France, Tannat is now considered to be Uruguay’s signature varietal, where it produces full-bodied red wines boasting dark fruit flavors with spicy, peppery notes. The Artesana 2011 Tannat is well-balanced and surprisingly light on the palate, considering its high alcohol content.
Food Pairings: Strong cheeses, roasted or grilled meats
May 23 is National Chardonnay Day, which the folks at Livermore’s Wente Vineyards celebrated with a televised live toast and gala dinner whose four courses — created by executive chef of catering Jeff Farlow— were paired with four Wente Chardonnays. And where better to mark this occasion with what promises to become an annual affair than this panoramic property a stone’s throw from San Francisco which is credited with introducing Chardonnay to the USA?
We’ve been a fan of Stefan’s at L.A. Farm in Santa Monica since its launch almost four years ago. Chef Stefan Richter opened his restaurant after competing on season 5 of “Top Chef,” in which he was a runner-up. Monday night, we had the opportunity to sample his delicious new menu for summer 2013, as chef Stefan mingled with guests and posed for photos.
Months after shipping Siri out on the road in select Honda models, Apple is now further infiltrating the auto market with the iBeetle, the stylish, high-tech product of a partnership between Volkswagen and the Silicon Valley giant. Available in both coupe and convertible forms, this special-edition Beetle not only offers Apple-inspired design features and color schemes, but also advanced integration for the iPhone and other Macintosh products. Along with an in-dash iPhone dock that allows easy access to Apple’s Siri personal assistant and navigation system, Volkswagen and Apple have also teamed up for an app that allows your phone to communicate directly with your car. Offering Spotify and iTunes integration, a detailed vehicle monitoring system, and a variety of social media platforms that keep drivers connected while on the road, the iBeetle blurs the lines between computer and car. Check back for more information on this innovative vehicle as we near its release date early next year.
Tasting Notes: A complex, food-friendly wine, the Sequoia Grove 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay features fresh lemongrass, golden apple and baked bread aromas. Crisp and clean in the mouth, it reveals mineral and almond notes with hints of nutmeg on the finish.
Food Pairings: Herb salad, white fish, brie cheese