SOMM: Into The Bottle – Movie Review

 

 

"SOMM: Into The Bottle" shares the history, politics and pleasure of wine told through opening ten very different bottles.
“SOMM: Into The Bottle” shares the history, politics and pleasure of wine told through opening ten very different bottles.

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Genre: Documentary
Directed by:
 Jason Wise
Starring:
 Fred Dame, Silvia Altare, Brian McClintic
Released by:
 Samuel Goldwyn Films
Run Time: 1h 30min
Year:
2015

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Directed by Jason Wise (“SOMM,” “90”), “SOMM: Into The Bottle” explores the world of wine by opening some of the rarest bottles of wine in the world. Through the eyes of a few of the finest sommeliers, the film looks at how history has impacted wine and discovers just how much goes into making a bottle of wine. Continue reading “SOMM: Into The Bottle – Movie Review” »

The Rise of the Ouled Thaleb Moroccan Wines

Guests at the Moroccan wine dinner
Guests at the Moroccan wine dinner


Dinner at the Whole Foods Market

by André Gayot

 

That a Moslem nation grows vine and makes wine with its grapes is a no-brainer established fact for a long time. Less expected is that its nationals — along with tourists though — drink it, as their religion prohibits the consumption of alcohol. Continue reading “The Rise of the Ouled Thaleb Moroccan Wines” »

Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes – Book Review

Cocktails: Fancy & Delicious Recipes for all Tastes

By Eliq Maranik

(H.F. Ullmann, 2013)

Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes
Cocktails: Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes


What’s summer without cocktails? Well, any time of the year is a good time for a stiff mixed drink, but rising mercury really puts us in the mood for Mojitos and Mai Tais.


If you’re a cocktail aficionado, it’s likely you already know how to mix a stand-up dry Martini. But why not ramp up your bartender repertoire with the creative concoctions in Cocktails – Fancy and Delicious Recipes for all Tastes? From a girly Pink Summer to a manly Hemingway Special or seductive Blackberry Bellini, simple recipes in this new book cover long drinks, short drinks, frozen ones, shooters and more.

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Cabernet Sauvignon Fits All Foods…Well, Almost

Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay
Chef Yousef Ghalaini’s smoked salmon salad at FIG restaurant requires Chardonnay

 

by André Gayot


Attractive and sporty Molly Hill, winemaker of seven years at Sequoia Grove (Rutherford, California), teamed up with Yousef Ghalaini, the new chef of FIG restaurant in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica, California) to pair her wines with his food.


As Sequoia Grove focuses on prime Cabernet Sauvignons, the theme of the demonstration was that Cabs can accommodate a whole variety of dishes. Maybe not the smoked salmon salad, though. For the fish, Sequoia Grove has a flowery Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28).
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Crystal Symphony – A Food and Wine Cruise in Southeast Asia

Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony ship
Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony ship

 

By John and Sandra Nowlan


More than six million people. At least four million motorcycles. We were each perched on the front of a pedicab, cycling through the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) trying to avoid collisions and blend with the relentless flow of humanity aboard two-wheeled Hondas and Yamahas.

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