Author: Ken Eskenazi

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…

Concha y Toro “Amelia” Chardonnay 2011

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I like an oaky chardonnay. There, I said it– don’t judge me. I realize that stainless steel is all the rage in everything from white wine fermentation vats to kitchen appliances, but as with most things preferences depend on circumstances. Saying you don’t like oaky chardonnay is like saying you don’t like rain. Sometimes you…

Wine Tasting in Jacksonville, Oregon?

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Roadtrips and wine tasting are one of my favorite pairings: you get to put the juice in context by seeing the scenery, sampling the food and talking with its people (including winemakers if you’re lucky). Greg and I were 16 days into a South-to-North-to-South West Coast adventure that included stops in California, Washington and finally…

La Caudrina “La Selvatica” Asti

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You blew your wad on a couple of lobster tails, yet you still want to serve an impressive nuanced bubbly alongside the meal. Champagne’s out. A quality Prosecco or Cava could work, but they don’t quite have the je ne sais quoi elegance you’re looking for. I’d like to propose a delicate, lightly sweet Moscato…

Cyprès de Climens

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Is it OK to be second? Not if you’re running for president. But most of us are perfectly happy to win Second Place in a Beauty Contest (even if it only pays a measly $10 in Monopoly money). And we all appreciate second chances. Now I’d like you to consider second wines. Specifically, the Cyprès…