Author: Ken Eskenazi

Thanksgiving Wine Tips & Unexpected Pairings

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This Thanksgiving shake things up a little. Yes, I could be talking about cocktails, but that’s Greg’s arena. And no, I’m not talking about excluding friends or family members from your table. What I am talking about (again) is wine. Just say no to Beaujolais Nouveau and try to stretch your imagination beyond Pinot Noir…

Frank Family Chardonnay 2014

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Greg’s Caramelized Sweet Onion Soup – creamy, rich, layered – needs a wine that can stand up to it. Generally speaking, you can go two ways in choosing a wine pairing: you can either mirror the flavors and textures in the dish or contrast them. This time, I felt a strong sense of simpatico was…

Grover Zampa: Wine from India

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I recently attended a wine pairing luncheon at India’s Tandoori in Brentwood, CA featuring Grover Zampa wines from India. Indian wine…who knew? This story began in the 1970s when Kanwal Grover met George Vessel, Technical Director of Vineyards at Mumm in Champagne and had a thought: why not try to make fine wine from French…

Clos Marsalette Blanc

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Ah, nothing like a fine Bordeaux! I know you, you’re thinking about big, expensive red wines classified way back in 1855. While it’s undeniable that many fine red Bordeaux blends deserve your attention (predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon on the Left Bank, mostly Merlot on the Right Bank)– assuming you can afford them– I ask you to…

Portuguese Wine in the Hollywood Hills

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This week was a twofer. I found myself clinking glasses with two world-class winemakers– the first was the illustrious Patrizia Felluga owner of Zuani Wine in Italy and the second was the award-winning ‘antipodean flying winemaker’ David Baverstock of Esporão and Quinta dos Murças wines in Portugal. The earlier event was an elegant luncheon held…

Zuani Wine: A Family Affair

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If I hadn’t just driven a couple of miles down La Brea Avenue, I would have sworn I was in Italy. I had the good fortune to be included in a Zuani wine tasting seminar and luncheon at one of LA’s best restaurants, République. Winery owners Patrizia Felluga and Antonio Zanon were in town to…