Marcus Garcia – Striking The Perfect Chord!

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Hubert Keller, a native of France’s breathtaking, eastern-Alsace region, caught the attention of some of the country’s finest chefs at just sixteen. Towering, innovative culinary artisans like Paul Haeberlin, Gaston Lenôtre, Paul Bocuse and Roger Vergé recognized his promise early on, training him in their kitchens and nurturing his talent. When chef Keller and wife Chantal moved to San Francisco in 1982 to open 500 Sutter restaurant at the behest of Roger Vergé, their love for […]

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Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – The numbers don’t lie: with two short harvests in a row, French producers from Bordeaux to Burgundy and beyond are witnessing a significant spike in prices that reflects the disconcerting yet inexorable realities of supply and demand.  A La Une  (news en français) – The historical, sweet, dessert […]

John Lancaster – Destem, Decant, Deliver!

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In full view of Treasure Island, the city’s eastern waterfront and the imposing, battleship-grey bay bridge lies the Auddifred building – a 19th-century jewel of San Francisco’s illustrious past and home to one of the city’s (and nation’s) most beloved and enduring dining destinations. Launched in 1993 by master chef Nancy Oakes and renowned designer […]

Vine Buzz

Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – In late November, when the world is dancing gaily in the streets with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau in hand, the reverberations of an historic gavel announce one of the premiere events in the world of wine  – the charity auction of the Hospices de […]

Veuve Clicquot – The Widow’s Empire

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The house of Veuve Clicquot has been a driving force in Champagne since its creation in 1772. Its range of exceptional champagnes defines luxury.  The intrepid Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who at just twenty-seven and newly widowed acceded to the head of the house in 1805, at once displayed a vision and spirit of innovation that would turn this brand […]

Pete Palmer – A Somm of Many Parts (Take Two)

Jamais deux sans trois!

While San Francisco has been synonymous with gastronomy and fine wine for some time, at the end of the last century, back in the heady days of the dot.com boom,  a veritable explosion of newly-minted, passionate and dedicated food and wine professionals moved the region to a new level. Of the many sommeliers/gastronomes to have left an […]

Vine Buzz

A dispatch from the south of France Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – After a very wet and challenging first half of the year, wine professionals from Bordeaux to Bourgogne are guardedly optimistic about the quality of the harvest for 2013.  A La Une  (news en français) – No sooner had the weather […]

I, Caviste – The Future Is Bright!

A Sign of the Vines.

It is said that there are two sides to every coin. In the world of fine wine, while the restaurant segment seems to more often engage the imagination with glamorous imagery that continuously draws the attention of the press, wine shops, with their row-upon-row of multi-colored bottles adorned with both classic and exotic labels, afford the consumer […]

There’s No Place Like Beaune

The spirit of winemakers past!

Boris Champy is a soft-spoken winemaker whose focused demeanor speaks of a passion motivated by a singular objective – to seize each opportunity and create world-class wines . He currently directs a team of like-minded individuals at one of Burgundy’s most prestigious domains – the house of Louis Latour. I spoke with him in late March about his career in the industry. (This is […]

The Heart of Burgundy

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Boris Champy is a soft-spoken winemaker whose focused demeanor speaks of a passion motivated by a singular objective – to seize each opportunity and create world-class wines . He currently directs a team of like-minded individuals at one of Burgundy’s most prestigious domains – the house of Louis Latour. I spoke with him in late March about his career in […]