|Limoncello by symbiosis at Domenica|
I love New Orleans; I feel my ancestor’s spirits roaming the streets of the French Quarter. Along with San Francisco, New Orleans feeds my soul, my spirit and my belly. I come here to recharge, even when it is a paltry three days filled with tastings, meetings and a hectic work schedule. And here it is, we are on the cusp of the dreaded (and highly anticipated) O-N-D selling season. To those of us in the wine business, this is the holiday season.
|Stunningly beautiful 2007 Barbaresco "Faset" from Marziano Abbona|
|Crostini with liver pate, hard boiled egg and capers at Domenica|
A world apart from an Italian “concept” restaurant. You know the ones: their PR person sends out all manner of blather about unique, authentic, and humble and then you look at the menu and see Chilean Sea Bass slathered with Dungeness crab and topped with a creamy “Alfaro” sauce. Or "Aristocrat” - Alfredo with a touch of Marinara and Parmesan I can’t make this up better than the stuff I run into. And you don’t even want to look at the wine lists coming out of those places – It’s as if the only wines that existed were Sassicaia and Ornellaia – sure a good choice for humble seafood dishes which source their components from every sea but the one right out back. Yes, Alice, there are still folks getting into the restaurant business that should have never gotten off their donkeys.
|Photo by Teresa Rafidi|
And on that note, Buona Notte and Buon Weekend!