not drinking poison in paris
a wine blog
01 October 2018
let's talk about aix: the côteaux d'aix en provence AOC
When I spoke to Var natural vigneron Jean-Christophe Comor back in July, he aired certain criticisms of the Conseil Interprofessionnel...
30 August 2018
la courtille, tavel
The renown of Paris 20ème-arrondissement bistrot Le Baratin has a firm basis in the indisputable finesse of chef Raquel Carena'...
22 August 2018
restaurant éphémère, vauxrenard
This coming Saturday will be the last service of the season at Restaurant Éphémère , a lovely and unexpected pop-up lunch restaurant tuck...
16 August 2018
the tavel rosé of today: couleur tavel 2018
" Couleur Tavel " is an annual tasting festival held in the Gard village of Tavel to celebrate its eponymous rosé appellation. ...
01 August 2018
jean-christophe comor on natural rosé vinification
In early July I decided on the spur of the moment to join the Native Companion for an evening in the Provençal seaside town of Hyères, wh...
19 June 2018
as var as I know: 25 years of the côteaux varois en provence AOC
My first move, upon being freed from my recent restaurant work somewhat sooner than anticipated, was to belatedly accept a lot of press...
24 April 2018
a divorce with la vieille
Well, that was quick. As of earlier this month, I've left the manager and wine director position I held for the past eight months at ...
29 November 2017
at home chez la vieille
Early the other evening a client came into the restaurant and ordered a glass of Beaujolais primeur. There were few other clients at ...
17 August 2017
n.d.p. in marseille: les buvards, 13002
For a number of reasons, only one of which was my lack of money, the Native Companion and I wound up in Marseille for a micro-vacation ea...
09 August 2017
n.d.p. in beaujolais: sebastien congretel, régnié-durette
The Beaujolais is barren for good restaurants, and the village of Régnié-Durette is no exception. Any business in Régnié-Durette has the...
12 July 2017
a farewell to meat: super, 75011
UPDATE Aug. 2nd, 2017: David Loyola tells me he has named, or renamed, his primeur "SUPER," whereas until now everyone had refe...
06 July 2017
the île de porquerolles: domaine de l'île, domaine perzinksy & domaine de la courtade
I sometimes worry I come across as too principled . I so rarely get invited on press junkets. I suspect many PR people imagine me to be a...
19 June 2017
n.d.p. in lyon: le troisième fleuve, 69009
A few Saturdays ago my friend N and I found ourselves staggering north in Lyon after a lunch at Café Comptoir Abel ,* where the greatest ...
13 June 2017
n.d.p. in lyon: brasserie georges, 69002
To recommend a restaurant on the basis of anything other than food, service, or wine has always seemed very foolish, like recommending a ...
08 June 2017
deck & donohue la terrasse at bob's bake shop, 75018
As of early May, Montreuil micro-brewery Deck & Donohue has teamed up with 18ème-arrondissement vegetarian canteen Bob's Bake ...
27 May 2017
pork universe: l'avant comptoir du marché, 75006
I stand in awe of the sheer cheek of Yves Camdeborde's L'Avant Comptoir wine bars. Camdeborde had the insight to reproduce San Se...
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