A Balancing Act

It’s no secret many wine enthusiasts consider the traditional Thanksgiving feast a daunting challenge for wine. The combination of savory and sweet aromas would seem to contradict normal assumptions about food and wine pairings. Truth be told, though it’s tricky, the Thanksgiving feast is a rare opportunity to focus on the most important aspect of…

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.…