But First, Wine

But First, Wine

If you’re like most restaurant diners, you scrutinize the menu long before you peek at the wine list. That’s the normal approach to restaurant wine. I’ve come to embrace a different approach, however, inspired in part by a couple of extraordinary dining experiences that veered off in another direction. Several years ago, during a tour…

Fall Classics

Fall Classics

It was on a damp, chilly autumn afternoon just outside Beaune, in the heart of France’s Burgundy region, that I came to the realization that wines are seasonal. I stood in the doorway of a humble country restaurant with a wood-burning stove that served a dual purpose, in that it also warmed the dining room.…

Somms Know Value Wines, Too

Somms Know Value Wines, Too

It’s not exactly news that professional sommeliers are generally well-informed on the latest and greatest from the world of wine. What isn’t so well-known is that most top-notch somms appreciate wines from across a broad spectrum of price. They understand that price is based on a variety of factors, some having little to do with…