Aug 292013
Caprese avec Goûts d'Ici + Pinot Grigio

So, this crazy language-soup title… I don’t speak much French — just basic travel French, and even that is pretty spotty sometimes. But this phrase “avec goûts d’ici” has stuck with me since the time I was forced — yes, forced — to go to a French restaurant on my first night of a visit to Milan years ago. I mean, what kind of sense does that make, I ask […]

May 302013
Honey Clove Poached Apricots and Triple Cream Cheese + Late Harvest Riesling

I absolutely love this kind of dessert cheese course at restaurants, but too often don’t bother to create one at home. Just small-ish tastes of cheese, fruit, something sweet — with some attention to detail — paired with a lovely glass of dessert wine. It beats the heck out of most all-sweet desserts, if you ask me, and I think it’s especially appealing in warm weather months on those evenings […]

May 052013
Burrata with Roasted Garlic + Alto Adige Pinot Bianco

I’m just home from California. The trip started in Paso Robles, then up Highway 1 to Carmel. While I get unpacked, dig out from under mountains of emails, and settle back into a regular work week, I thought I’d put this quick pairing together. It’s a simple treatment of burrata, that creamy Italian cheese that has shot to chef-y popularity in recent years. At Carmel’s La Bicyclette, it was served […]