The hip, cozy watering hole known as Backbar occupies a back room of Journeyman restaurant in Somerville’s Union Square. With its usual team of cocktail jockeys off at a trade event a couple of years ago, then GM Meg Grady-Troia filled the void with a few somms-for-a-day. I was pleased to be asked in. My topic: Continue Reading »
With the approach of the holiday dedicated to love and lovers, this wine from the northernmost Beaujolais Cru, Saint-Amour, gets all the attention it deserves!
Less known than Barolo and Barbaresco, the Alto-Piemonte (Upper Piemonte) is home to some equally amazing Nebbiolo wines. The Vallana family’s vineyard produces particularly elegant and charming bottles.
Crafted by the Courrèges family on France’s “Île de Beauté,” this Corsican red wine is wonderful with seared lamb chops and roasted Brussels sprouts.
We love this highly drinkable wine from the town of Le Pradet, in southern Provence!
Sergio Mottura's family produces some of our favorite Central Italian wines, and a visit to their organic vineyard makes it clear why those wines are so great.
A trip through the French Basque country is one of distinct sights, scents, and flavors. Rolling hills of green pastures are punctuated by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys, and sheep are everywhere!
Last fall, I had the opportunity to visit the winery of Jean David, in the town of Seguret in the southern Rhône valley.
Recently, a lot of the hype at Neal’s Yard Dairy has been about a new cheese from Wales called Hafod. I’m pretty excited, as it is the first new cheese that’s become available since I took on the role of British Isles cheese buyer, so I’d love to say a bit about the rather cool story behind it.