FRENCHIE: DOG-FRIENDLY WINERY

We’ve all encountered winery dogs. But to name a wine after your pooch? That’s what Burgundy vintner Jean Charles Boisset is up to. Jean Charles (fondly known as JCB), president of Boisset Family Estates is serious about winemaking. I’ve been to the family estate Domain de la Vougeraie in Burgundy and his recent acquisitions – […]

RAVENS’ CO-CREATIVE VEGAN CUISINE AT STANFORD INN

  Too many cooks spoil the broth, doesn’t hold true at Stanford Inn’s Ravens Restaurant. The cook, the gardener, the nutritionist, the proprietor, and the kitchen staff all join in to co-create the vegan cuisine at Mendocino’s eco-friendly lodge. On my recent visit to Northern California’s wine country I had some amazing meals, but  what’s […]

COLGIN & KELLER

   Life doesn’t get better than this. Thomas Keller’s French Laundry cuisine paired with Colgin Cellars wines served at Ann Colgin and Joe Wender’s hillside “IX Estate” property in the scenic Pritchard Hill of Napa Valley. The first weekend of June, I was at one of my favorite wine events — Auction Napa Valley, a […]

WINES of SAINT HONORAT

WINES OF SAINT HONORAT The monks of Saint Honorat pray in silence, live in harmony with nature…and make very good wine! I am at the 2011 Cannes film festival, and before the fest-frenzy kicks in, I take the 20 minute boat ride to nearby St. Honorat. Here I take in the serenity of the tiny […]

Le MENU de CANNES

Le MENU de CANNES Film festivals are becoming prime showcases for chefs. Sundance spawned ChefDance, Berlin birthed Culinary Cinema and the 2011 Cannes film festival premiered its Le Menu de Cannes – a cook-off challenge between Gallic flavor and a taste of Russia. The battle was to create a meal befitting Cannes jury president Robert […]