What Difference Does the Letter “E” Make? At Mentone, the Answer May Surprise You.

Menton, written without the letter “e” at the end, is a picturesque city on the French Riviera close to the open border with Italy. It also is a high end, classically styled Boston restaurant run by Chef Barbara Lynch that focuses on French Provençal and Northwestern Italian coastal cooking. That much we can learn fromContinue reading “What Difference Does the Letter “E” Make? At Mentone, the Answer May Surprise You.”

Is Mendocino Ridge the Next Great Winemaking Frontier? Drew Family Wines Invite You to Discuss, but Quietly.

It is often remarked that listening is a lost art. I disagree. The listeners are out there, but most of them are waiting silently to be found. The trouble nowadays is that such strong and silent types are easily drowned out by today’s over saturated and often shrill media landscape. Including, of course, social mediaContinue reading “Is Mendocino Ridge the Next Great Winemaking Frontier? Drew Family Wines Invite You to Discuss, but Quietly.”

Peak Experiences and Summit Sensations: A Visit to Silver Mountain Vineyards (Santa Cruz Mountains AVA).

What are we trying so desperately to find when we travel somewhere special to taste fine wine? And how can we best describe the more elusive of the sensations we are searching for, above and beyond the momentary pleasures of a mild buzz? I set off recently on a visit to Silver Mountain Vineyards inContinue reading “Peak Experiences and Summit Sensations: A Visit to Silver Mountain Vineyards (Santa Cruz Mountains AVA).”