🥂🍾 Ooh la la, Champagne for one? Don’t mind if I do! Technically, I could have shared this petite bottle of Champagne Delamotte Brut NV (375ml, around $30) since it does contain enough for two glasses, but I felt like pampering myself! A delicious blend of Chardonnay (55%), Pinot Noir (35%), and Pinot Meunier (10%) from vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, it is crisp and slightly creamy with a subtle touch of toast and vibrant flavors of citrus, pear, and chamomile. Founded in 1760, Champagne Delamotte is the fifth oldest house in the Champagne region.
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I always say that a sip of wine can stir up a memory! Tonight, in NYC, I’m sipping Domäne Wachau Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Terrassen 2021 from Austria ($18.99) and it’s bringing back fun memories of my time in Aspen, Colorado. A few days ago, I led the seminar “Sweet & Salty: Chocolate & Cheese with Wine” at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the tasting included the 2020 vintage of this zippy and dry white wine. Crisp and bright with perky acidity, it’s a perfect summertime sip. Medium-bodied with a pop of salinity and flavors of green apple, lime, mango, and a kiss of sage and white pepper. Delicious!
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Today, I led my first seminar at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen! Leading 120 lively folks through a tasting of wine, chocolate, cheese was quite an experience! And I get to do it again on Sunday! 🙏🏾
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Ooh la la, look at this bevy of beauties! I heard through the grapevine that today is National Rosè Day, so I’ve selected a few to sip over the next few days. I love pink wines from all corners of the globe, but by chance, Provence, the catalyst for the astounding popularity of pink wines, dominates this assortment. But the lineup also includes Sonoma and Rioja. I’ll share tasting notes after I’ve tasted each. Are you sipping rosè today?
From left to right:
- Raeburn Russian River Valley Rosé 2021
- Routas 2021, Provence
- STUDIO by Miraval 2021, Provence
- Miraval 2021, Provence
- The Pale 2021, Provence
- Muga 2020, Rioja (because I love a rosè with a little age on it!)
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No, you’re not hallucinating; you really are seeing Camilla Lunelli (@ferraritrento) and Laura Catena (@catenawines) side-by-side! These two dynamic women recently joined forces for an engaging conversation on Zoom. Their family’s wineries are on two different continents and make different styles of wine, but Ferrari Trentodoc and Bodega y Viñedos Catena have a great deal in common. Both wineries have 120 years of history and are credited with elevating the quality and reputation of wines from their region. True trailblazers!
Ferrari Trentodoc, based in Trento, are the innovators and leaders of traditional method sparkling wine in Italy. The Catena family’s prowess and devotion to Malbec put the wines of Mendoza, Argentina on the global stage. And like many Argentines, the Catena family has roots in Italy. During the chat, Camilla and Laura talked about their years-long friendship and mutual admiration, the importance of collaboration, the blessings and challenges of a family business, succession planning, responsible corporate citizenship, high-altitude viticulture, sustainability, and more. They are both complex, charming, and compassionate women: Laura is also an emergency room physician and Camilla worked with the United Nations in Niger and Uganda.
Remarks that stuck with me:
Laura said, “Everyone wants to be the best, but we need to collaborate.”
Camilla emphasized the importance of “Running a company in a serious ethical way.”
The conversation was paired with a beautiful bottle of wine from each winery: Ferrari Perlé Trentodoc 2016 (100% Chardonnay, around $45)) and Catena Alta Historic Rows Malbec 2018 (100% Malbec, around $46). I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Laura and Camilla in real life and visiting their wineries. It was such a joy to spend time with them virtually.
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🍷 I love the feeling of sharing a bottle with someone special, and they don't just enjoy the wine, but they fall head-over-heels in love with it. Well, my favorite drinking companion, who has a highly discerning palate, loved Aperture Soil Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 ($70) so much that he ordered two bottles! It's never polite to say I told you so, but I did tell him that Aperture's wines were something special.
I first met Aperture winemaker Jesse Katz in 2019 and was immediately impressed by the elegance and drinkability of his wines. A native of Colorado, Jesse spent his formative years accompanying his father, renowned photographer Andy Katz, on journeys to some of the world's most famous wineries. By the age of 18, Jesse knew that winemaking was his destiny. He spent two decades working harvests around the globe before starting Aperture Cellars in Sonoma. "Aperture Cellars champions a range of expressive Bordeaux style wines from Sonoma County's premier cool-climate Bordeaux varietal vineyard sites."
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is Aperture's 11th vintage and the first red wine within the Soil Series to be 100% produced from the vineyards at the Aperture Estate. It blends 96% Cabernet Sauvignon from mineral-rich, volcanic soil sites with 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec. The wine was aged for 18 months in 55% new French oak barrels. Rich yet, fresh and silky with a rounding touch of earth, the fruit sings in this unfiltered and unfined wine.
The label showcases Andy Katz's striking image of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and the bottle contains Jesse's artfully made wine. And I'm not the only one to notice Jesse's talent: "He was the first winemaker ever to be included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, a Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker, and had been named a Wine Spectator "Rising Star."
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