Month: February 2016

Sauvignon Blanc II
Wine

Sauvignon Blanc II

This now world famous and extremely popular grape variety is native to the Loire Valley, where it excels in Pouilly Fume and Sancerre. It has been so successful that Bordeaux to the southwest has adopted it, and now several other French wine regions (think Languedoc) plant it. Outside of France, […]

Russian Cuisine
Book Reviews

Book Review: Russian Cuisine

Russian cuisine details the development and evolution of traditional cooking this vast country. Russia is world’s largest country with 11 time zones, 180 ethnic groups, several climates, and foods that grow in each of these regions. People living in each of these regions use ingredients that are widely available and […]

Book Review: Best food writing 2014
Book Reviews

Book Review: Best food writing 2014

Best Food Writing 2014 contains an exceptional collection epicurious writing of outstanding writers, and cooks with fine writing talent. The editor selected from thousands of submissions, the best created by 49 outstanding, food-loving writers. The result of this rigorous selection will thrill you as a variety of food topics are […]

Book Review: The Oxford Companion to Wine
Book Reviews

Book Review: The Oxford Companion to Wine

This monumental, scholarly, impartial and refreshing wine reference book cum encyclopaedia, is an indispensable text for wine enthusiasts, students who are studying to become sommeliers, and those in hotel and restaurant management schools, not to mention wine writers and winemakers. The first edition of the Oxford Companion To Wine was […]

Vintages Release
Wine Wine Reviews

Professor B’s February 20 Vintages Release Recommendations

This release contains 114 wines and offers a selection of Australian and Ontario award-winning products.  All, except very few wines, were available for tasting. Surprisingly, the Australian selection tasted under whelming. Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley pinot noirs were not offered, which I expected. Ontario wines tasted fine. This release […]

Tasting Franciacorta Wines
Wine Wine Reviews

Tasting Franciacorta Wines

Franciacorta, Lombardy, is an important sparkling wine producing region in the hills immediately east of Brescia, with a relatively short history of using chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot blanc and employing the methode Champenoise. The consortium imposes strict classical production (methode Champenoise) techniques of dosage, second bottle fermentation, remuage (although […]