Just before December hit, I had some wine friends over and got to try a great bottle of 1997 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. I also tried a nice bottle of wine from Virginia made from the Norton grape, appropriate given my current reading: Thomas Jefferson on Wine by John Hailman--I’m almost finished. (Next on my list is The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty.)
I received several excellent quality knives for Christmas. Very exciting as I’ve learned one of the secrets to making good food is having the right knives. I believe there are many things that can do double duty in a kitchen so I’m not a gadget-y person. In most cases, I believe less is more. But when it comes to knives, there’s no substitute for the real thing. I’m excited to continue my culinary exploits using some excellent new tools.
Speaking of, just last week I made what I believe to be my best pasta dish yet: homemade ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce. It was pretty amazing. At least I thought so. Happy to share the recipe if you’re interested.
As I look forward to the coming year I’m excited to ramp back up my writing and hope to find new opportunities and outlets for wine education. I’ve got at least one trip planned to wine country so stay tuned for that. And I’m excited to continue learning from you and answering your questions about wine. So here's to 2015. Santé!