Our first taste of Lugana wine was at an exquisitely romantic restaurant overlooking Lake Garda in the storybook commune of Sirmione in Lombardy.
It was 1985, our first trip to Europe together, kind of a pre-honeymoon as we were to be married in the coming fall.
Wanting to savor every part of Italy in it's truest form we followed the advice of a food and wine writer and always ordered the "Vino Locale" with our meals. On this night we had seafood and so it was "Vino Bianco Locale." And of course it was a Lugana, the "white wine of Lake Garda." We loved it.
We first enjoyed Kim Crawford wines well over a decade ago just about the time his wine was first hitting the US market. They were bright and exciting and gained immense popularity. Crawford helped put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the world stage and innovated with the now so popular screw tops.
Fast forward about 15 years and here we are tasting three contemporary bottles from the winery that still bears his name, a new wine maker, Anthony Walkenhorst, is creating wines that serve the Crawford legacy well.
My mentor, friend, source of endless inspiration and learned guide.
As I pour over this book, yes literally, the excitement builds. Having learned so much of the advanced art of cocktail creation, from Warren Bobrow's previous two books. I am beside myself with delight.
Well sorry New Jersey, we have bid you a fond adieu. Mano a Vino began in Montclair, NJ and we had a lot of fun there. Our wine coverage tried to keep to wines you could buy in New Jersey. But we have moved north across the Hudson River to the glorious area called the Hudson Highlands. We will still be reporting from there but mostly from hudsonvalleypleasures.com and newyorkcorkreport.com
While we have you let me share a pairing of Barberani Polago Red.
Until now, when I thought of Moet & Chandon Champagne, images of four star restaurants came to mind, weddings that appear in the NY Times, or a lavish New Year's Eve in Monaco, all good, but I now know that this view was missing the many, the boundless, occasions there are to enjoy this fabulous wine.
To prove the point Elise Losfelt,the charming, well spoken, exquisitely French, winemaker and oenologist for Moet & Chandon, took her champagne manifesto to the streets. Do read on.