Thursday, May 29, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Robert Gerald Mondavi June 18, 1913–May 16 2008 was a leading American vineyard operator whose technical improvements and marketing strategies brought worldwide recognition for the wines of the Napa Valleyin California. From an early period, Mondavi aggressively promoted labeling wines by variety rather than generically. This is now the standard for New World Wines
In 1968 he made a dry oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc, an unpopular variety in California at the time, and labeled it "Fumé Blanc". The wine was a success and, in time, Fumé Blanc became accepted as a synonym for Sauvignon Blanc.
Mondavi successfully developed a number of premium wines that earned the respect of connoisseurs and vintners alike. In 1979, he built the Mondavi Woodbridge Winery in Lodi, California developing it into a leader of popular-premium wines. He also entered into a joint venture the Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild to create Opus One Winery, and since the 1990s has set up joint ventures with local partners in Europe, South America and Australia.
In the Grand European Jury Wine Tasting of 1997, the Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve was ranked number one.
In Robert Mondavi was nominated and inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame by the Culinary Institute of America. The election was based upon ballots from seventy wine journalists. The decision for their election of Mondavi is for contributions to the wine industry of California during his life-time.
Inductions with Robert Mondavi on March 7, 2007 included Agoston Haraszthy, Andre Tchelistcheff, Georges de Latour, Charles Krug, Gustave Niebaum, Brother Timothy, Maynard Amerine and Harold Olmo.
2005 Robert Mondavi and his younger brother Peter made wine together for the first time after their feud. Using grapes from both family vineyards, they produced one barrel of cabernet blend, which was sold under the name "Ancora Una Volta" ("Once Again")
Robert Mondavi died at his Yountville home on May 16, 2008 at the age of 94.
We never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Mondavi in person but his legacy will go on forever and all of us in the Food and Wine Industry owe our professional existence to him. Join Vino Las Vegas in raising a glass of California Sparkling wine and say " Thank you Mr Mondavai , Cheers !
Thursday, May 22, 2008
wineries. Sandalford offers award winning premium wines. Many of which are allocated.
Sandalford's Chief Winemaker Paul Boulden began his career in the 1980's in the the McLaren Vale region of South Australia as a cellar hand with Ingoldby Wines and Thomas Fern Hill Winery.
He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1993 where he won the chemistry award while studying Oenology. In his third year of the undergraduate program he worked as Assistant Winemaker at Tarrawarra in the Yarra Valley of Victoria.
He spent his graduate year as vintage Winemaker at Stonier Wines in Victoria under the guidance of Tod Dexter. After completing the vintage of 1993 he accepted a position as winemaker for Chateau Monbazillac in the Bordeaux region in France. His work took Paul to the Penedes region of Catalunya each week to oversee production of both traditional and non-traditional Spanish wines.
From Europe Paul returned to South Australia as a winemaker with Yalumba Wines in the Barossa region of South Australia. In 1997 he made the move to Western Australia to a well-known boutique winery, Killerby, located in the Geographe region of the state. Within a year he also undertook the role of General Manager as well as winemaker.
After four years at Killerby he started with the 2001 vintage at Sandalford Wines as Chief Winemaker. At Sandalford he has won consecutively the state's, "Most Successful Exhibitor" at the annual Western Australian Sheraton Wine Awards. Paul also has multiple trophy and Gold medal wine successes at all of the Australian Capital City wine shows, in addition to numerous outstanding wine reviews by the national wine press.
His focus has been on developing the premium Sandalford wines from the company's 33-yr. old dry grown Margaret River vineyard, one of the largest and oldest vineyards in this famed wine region. Aside from this he sees the development of the Element range of wines as critical to the ongoing fine reputation of Western Australian wines.
One of the Sandalford wines that really stood out for us was the Sandalford Premium Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River Western Australia 2007. With
summer upon us we can not think of a better wine than this 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. It has a typical Sauvignon Blanc profile but the Semillon adds wonderful citrus notes that are refreshing on a warm summer day. It also scored a Gold Medal at the Australian National Wine show in 2007.
All of these wines really stood out and many are allocated. We here in the Northern Hemisplere are truely lucky to have these premium limited prodcution wines for us to enjoy.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
and Guy Savoy how could you go wrong with any of them. The
answer to that is , you cant . We attended the Payard Master's
Series Dinner hosted by Chef Francois Payard and award winning
in Paris he earned his way into several of France's finest kitchens.
Carton with renown chef Alain Senderns.
Chef of the Year" by the James Beard Foundation. Francois is now
paired with Chartogne-Taillet "Cuvee St Anne" Merfy Montagne De Reims, Champagne,France
The Appetizer consisted of Aspragus Salad, Artchoke & Tamarind Dressing paired with Skouras Moschofilero 2006 Peloponnese Greece
wine pairing we have had.
Bon Appetit Magazine named Las Vegas one of the top five
restaurant cities in the U.S and Travelocity ranked the city second among the world's top gourmet destinations. It is only natural that Bon Appetit once again, chose Las Vegas as home for one of their most exciting culinary events of the year.
Vino Las Vegas is based in this world-renowned entertainment and culinary destination city. Bon Appetit came to town with their Vegas Uncorked for a four day celebration of culinary excellence so we had to stop in for several of these events.
The Grand Tasting sip and stroll was like walking through a culinary Disney world. We walked
into the event took our glasses and paused at the sight before us. We saw legends like Guy Savoy,Wolfgang Puck, Todd English, and Daniel Boulud serving up their best to the guests.
One of our first stops was RM seafood to sample seafood from
Chef / Author Rick Moonen. Having been at the Francois Payard
Master Series Dinner the night before, we had to stop by for
another taste of his luscious creations. Guy Savoy is a culinary
icon and also present at this prestigious culinary event.
Emeril Lagssee's presence was in the house as well with Table 10's executive Chef Jean Paul Labadie serving his newest creations from the latest Emeril restaurant located in the Palazzo Hotel and Casino.
Many of the Bon Appetit staff was on hand as well. Executive Chef Cat Cora was present along with Editor-in-Chief Barbara Fairchild.
There was much more to enjoy. Every isle we explored brought us names like B&B Ristorante, Joes Seafood and Stone Crab, David Burke, Mesa Grill, Bistro Zinc, Spago, Border Grill, Bradley
Ogden, Aureole,L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon, Alize and so many more.
Just these names alone can give a "foodie" sensory overload.One of the best parts of this event was most of the "big"names were present to represent their restaurant in person.
These culinary stars were very approachable and available for book signings or just to stop by
and say how much you enjoy their creations.
We had the opportunity to speak with colleagues and others in the field that attend many events throughout the year. Almost everyone agreed nowhere in the world could you stand under one
roof and enjoy food of this quality except in Las Vegas. This great city has perhaps the largest collection of "celebrity" chefs and renown restaurants found anywhere in the world. There are
more Master Sommeliers in Las Vegas than any other city.
Las Vegas has been on the world stage in many capacities over its short but colorful history. But
now with AAA Five Diamond Award winners and recently the prestigious Michelin Guide awarding the only three star rating to Joel Robuchon at the MGM Grand for Las Vegas and Los Angeles, lets Las Vegas take its right full place among the world's best culinary cities.
Take a slip and stroll with Elaine and Scott of Vino Las Vegas as we talk to a few Chefs, winemakers and sample some culinary creations we will not soon forget.
VINO LAS VEGAS watches Chefs and Celebraties go head to head at the Bon Appetit Vegas Uncorked Culinary Pro-Am Masters vs Rookies
four day culinary event.
Paul Bartolotta and young upcoming Chefs like Carlo Buscaglia
Anderson to prepare a meal in 30 minuets for a tough panel
The big twist in the competition was there was a secret ingredient
that had be the focus of the dish. And to make it more interesting, the meal would be judged by a panel of culinary experts and in front of a live audience.
Susan Feniger who did a great job explaining the rules and keeping
The judging panel was quite impressive with Barbara Fairchild
Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appetit, Alan Richman Bon Appetit's
Special Correspondent , Andrew Knowlton Bon Appetit's
they would use Lobster as it is fairly common and not to mention one of the competing chefs is renown world wide for his seafood.
works of art. Once we saw the finished creations it was hard
to believe these dishes were done within 30 minutes without knowing the "secret" ingredient.
skills to the test against the young and very talented Chef Carlo
Buscaglia. Of course, team Bartolotta would not be complete with
out the help of actor John O' Hurley.
revealed to be Squash Blossoms. We knew this ingredient would
really push their culinary skills to the limit to be able to impress
After a tough battle and alot of laughs from the John O' Hurley team, Bartolotta was declared the winner. In a competition like this we all winners to be able to see culinary talent like this put to the test.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Adam and Dianna Lee winemakers from Siduri and Novy wines visits Double Helix Boutique in Palazzo Resort and speak to Vino Las Vegas
Adam and Dianna made a stop at the Wine Spectator Grand Tour
event they held a wine tasting at one of our favorite stops ,
philosophy and work together very well. They feed off each other
appellations where they get their fruit. These are some of the most prestigious
vineyard specific labels read like a who's who of California vineyard owners and wine growers.
It was a pleasure to meet this great team and couple and spend a few
minutes talking with them about their past and future plans.
If you are in Las Vegas, Double Helix is a great place to stop for wine, food
and events located right on the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Richard has done a great job producing his other varietals under the Otter Cove label and we expect he will do the same with his new label of OH Wines.
Like most of his fellow winemakers in Monterey County you can taste the labor and passion that has gone into making these wines. Richard likes to experiment with aromas and flavors to produce some classic varietals with his own unique twist. It is very good to see young winemakers such as Richard really begin to come into their own by making quality wines that are recognized by experts in the Food and Wine industry worldwide.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Vino Las Vegas samples the best of Las Vegas at the Epicurean Affair 2008 poolside at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino
to the 18th annual Epicurean Affair which features the best of Las Vegas's Food and Beverage Industry.
really showed the world the diversity Las Vegas has to offer in Food and Beverage.
tropical pool at the Flamingo. It was decked out with lights,
music and of course surrounded by some of the biggest names
in the culinary world.
smelling the culinary creations of such renown Chefs as Guy
While you are walking in Tropical Paradise at the Flamingo over
70 signature dishes from some of these renown chefs were
available for tasting and many of the world class clubs were
present to temp us with their beverage creations as well.
to offer. One thought kept coming to our minds as we walked
around the pool sampling the food and beverages.
Las Vegas has come along was from its beginnings as mainly an
entertainment city. This great city has the ability to change with
the times as it has many times in the past. Entertainment has
always been world class in Las Vegas and will continue to lead
the world as a major entertainment destination.
When you attend an event like this it
what Las Vegas has become. No other
city can offer the combination of world
class entertainment , gaming , award
winning world renown Chefs and
nightlife that is unmatched.
Las Vegas strip , try their luck in
many of the famous hotel casinos or
is truly a memorable experience and should not be passed up.
for weeks if you saw a different show every night. There is a show
for most any taste from a traditional Las Vegas show to Broadway
musicals. There is something available 7 days a week.
Las Vegas has always been known for its nightlife and still has
no rival in the world. Guests travel from the 4 corners of the
world to experience these clubs with multiple levels, music and sensory experiences.
around the historic Flamingo Hotel we could not help but have those thoughts as we got a first hand view of what Las Vegas has
become and will continue to evolve into.