Global Gourmet

Creature From the Deep Blue Sea

Kelpie, the newest expression from Ardbeg

Ardbeg is a single malt of dramatic proportions, a whisky that conjures images of an untamed, windswept Scottish coast. Located on the tiny island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, it has been producing whisky since 1798. When we last reviewed them, one year ago, they had just released Dark Cove ($110), proclaimed to be “the darkest Ardbeg ever.” This…

The Montrachet of Verona

Prosecco from the Cartizze Hill

In the heart of Prosecco country—that stretch between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the province of Treviso—there is no better location than the hill of Cartizze. Planted at 1000 feet, its 260 acres of vines are owned by 140 growers. Land here can cost as much as $2 million per acre, an unheard-of price in Italy, and the…

Donelan Family Wines

Subtle, Elegant and Complex

Joe Donelan was a paper executive who believed in the power of reinvention. Like many successful people, he traveled in California and France and fell in love with wine—not wine by itself, but the culinary universe that accompanied it, along with the fellowship and bonhomie that wine culture inspired. That passion eventually caused him to actualize his belief in reinvention…

Etch Restaurant, Nashville

New-wave fusion cuisine in Music City

The conventional wisdom is that Nashville is the new Charleston, but there are differences. In Nashville, the frenzied pace of high-rise construction is obliterating what’s left of the historic downtown. Like Charleston, though, restaurants exist on one end of a continuum: either rustic, down-home BBQ joints or temples of new-wave fusion. Etch, located at 3030 Demonbreun St., blends tradition with…

Grape Archaeology

The Resurrection of Arneis

In 2017 it’s hard to believe that Italy was once an emerging wine region, but there was a time when perception of Italian wine quality in this country couldn’t have been lower

Blintzes, Blinis, Crepes and Palatschinke

The Mystique of the Thin Pancake

April 3 was National Blintz Day, which may not mean much if you didn’t grow up with an Eastern European heritage. Still, the appeal of the blintz goes far beyond the former Iron Curtain countries. Who can deny the charms of blini with caviar, or the sweet and savory crêpes sold throughout France? You may have eaten pancakes as a…

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Current Releases from the Napa Valley Collection

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is deeply intertwined with the history of California wine. Without Stag’s Leap, in fact, California wine might not exist in the form it does today. On May 24, 1976, a blind tasting occurred in Paris. The tasting paired Bordeaux against California Cabernet, and matched the best white Burgundies against Chardonnay from the Golden State. The universe…