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June 2010 - Posts

Fume Blanc? Any idea what it is exactly? I didn’t until just a few years ago. In a nutshell, Fume Blanc is a marketing term conceived of and utilized by the late great Robert Mondavi to sell a rather fine batch of Sauvignon Blanc, a grape much maligned in the United States until the 1970′s. Despite the fact that wine lovers had been buying and loving Loire Valley Pouilly Fume for decades (made from the exact same varietal) attempts to successfully market and sell this particular grape had fallen flat. A clever play on Sauvignon Blanc and Pouilly Fume, this “new” wine, Fume Blanc, was an immediate hit in the wine world and Mr. Mondavi had a home run with his first bottling, way back in 1968! Read More...
Confession: I am a cork dork. I love wine. I love drinking it, I love reading about it and (often to the dismay of my friends) I love talking about it. In a previous life, I had the great pleasure of working for a very discriminating wine importer and distributor in New York. I had the opportunity to visit vineyards, meet with wine makers and taste some of the finest wines in the world. I have been spoiled. Read More...
If you are planning to be on the Mayan Riviera in the Fall of 2010, don't miss Taste of Playa 2010!! Taste of Playa is an annual culinary event in Playa del Carmen that celebrates the creativity and cultural influences of chefs throughout the Riviera Read More...
Reduced to $220,000 usd this sleek, modern 3 bedroom/3 bath Penthouse in downtown Playa del Carmen. Located in a popular, upscale north end neighborhood, this sleek penthouse has been cleverly converted from a two bedroom into a three bedroom without Read More...
It began with an impassioned invitation on Facebook a few weeks ago, a call to action from local celebrity Chef John Gray for all of us to wake up! Wake up and start really thinking about the food we put into our mouths. Where the vegetables and fruits Read More...
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of accompanying Cole's class from El Papalote School on a field trip to the aquarium at Xcaret. Admittedly, we have not spent a great deal of time exploring all that this local cultural park has to offer, but I was surprised Read More...