Chatting with Maestro Plácido Domingo

by Sophie Gayot
Those who know me know that I don’t really get intimidated. But last night when the time came to speak on camera with maestro Plácido Domingo, I was. The “King of Opera” had just finished conducting the world premiere of opera Dulce Rosa at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

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Burgundy Takes Manhattan

Wine and food combination at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room
Wine and food combination at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

by Michelle Kwan

 

The region of Burgundy (English for “Bourgogne”), situated in the heart of France, contains five wine-producing areas: Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais. Primarily comprised of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the wines grown here are noted for their quality, diversity and adaptability to virtually every type of fare. To prove this, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) selected some top New York City restaurants to serve as testing grounds for the compatibility between Burgundy wines and various international cuisines.

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The New Persian Kitchen — Book Review

The New Persian Kitchen

By Louisa Shafia

(Ten Speed Press, 2013)

The New Persian Kitchen by Louisa Shafia
The New Persian Kitchen by Louisa Shafia


In The New Persian Kitchen, Louisa Shafia draws on her Iranian heritage to create modern dishes that blend Old World Persian cuisine with contemporary farm-to-table cooking. The book’s 75 recipes combine time-honored Iranian ingredients like pomegranates and pistachios with non-traditional foods such as amaranth and quinoa.

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Divine Vintage – Book Review

Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age

By Randall Heskett & Joel Butler

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age by Randall Heskett & Joel Butler
Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail from Genesis to the Modern Age by Randall Heskett & Joel Butler


What wines would Jesus drink? Would he choose a classic French Champagne, a cult Napa Cab or perhaps a kosher wine from Israel? The authors of Divine Vintage speculate that if Jesus were alive today he would drink wines flavored with resin, spiced with honey or mixed with seawater — ancient styles with which he would already be familiar. Mas des Tourelles in France, for example, makes such wines today under the guidance of archaeologists.


Despite the title, Divine Vintage is less a book about religion than about eastern Mediterranean wine. Randall Heskett, a biblical scholar, and Joel Butler, a Master of Wine, each bring their own expertise to bear on the region’s ancient winemaking history as well as its contemporary wine industry. The first half of Divine Vintage is primarily concerned with references to wine in the Bible, which are put into a wider historical context and illustrated by archaeological finds, such as earthenware wine jugs and stone winepresses.

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Dingač Vinarija 2008 Postup – Wine of the Week Review

Dingač Vinarija 2008 Postup
Dingač Vinarija 2008 Postup

Price: $28

Rating: 14/20

Region: Southern Dalmatia, Croatia

Varietal: 100 percent Plavac Mali

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Like its cousin Zinfandel, the Plavac Mali varietal makes bold red wines characterized by black fruit flavors and high alcohol content. The Dinga
č Vinarija 2008 Postup is a bright, intense wine showing firm tannins and complex mineral notes.


Food Pairings: Olives, anchovies, meaty stews


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