The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of eating and drinking my way around France. The breads, the cheeses, the meats, the wines, the pastries…..the good food and drink was endless. It is really hard to pick one thing as a stand-out for the week. But, during lunch one day, it was not the cheese table that I was drawn to, but rather the dessert table. Sitting on the table were delicious looking pastries that looked like they could be doughnuts or cronuts. What were they? Chocolate covered pogne de Romans. So delicious and so memorable, it had to be the Please The Palate “pick of the week.”
This story originally appeared in the Napa Valley Register.
Visiting a wine region for the first time can be a daunting experience. For those of us who regularly visit wine regions, we forget how overwhelming it can be.
For example, if you were heading to Napa for the first time, would you know the difference between Atlas Peak, Diamond Mountain District and Howell Mountain? Would you know if one area is better known for a grape variety than another? Would you know that the cabernet sauvignon from Atlas Peak has more cherry fruit and acidity than the cabernet sauvignon from Howell Mountain that has notes of blackberry and rich tannins?
I have the privilege to travel to many wine regions. I regularly go to Santa Barbara, Napa and Sonoma, as well as some international areas, and over multiple visits have gotten to know these regions and what differentiates one designated AVA over another.
I take for granted this knowledge and insight of Santa Barbara wine regions that I have, as I realized when I traveled there this past week with some friends. They had not spent significant time in Santa Barbara wine country, and it was an opportunity to delve into the diversity of the region. Being told about how the transverse mountain range affects the climates from Santa Maria to Happy Canyon is informative, but is difficult to truly comprehend without tasting.
Of course, the ideal is to spend time in each AVA, tasting a few wines in each area in order to get a sense of place. But if time does not allow, there are two places that offer an opportunity to gain an understanding of the entire region in one place.
The Valley Project
2017 is flying by! How did it get to be April already?!?! As this newsletter arrives in your inbox, I am traveling in France and attending the Decouvertes du Rhone, a week long festival to explore the vineyards of the Rhone Valley. I look forward to sharing experiences from my trip in future stories but for now, you can check out photos on Instagram.
One of the new things that I started for 2017 is the Please The Palate “Pick of the Week”. With all of the eating, drinking and traveling at Please The Palate, each week I will share the one item that stood out, be it food, wine, cocktails or something special. I hope you enjoy my “pick of the week” and find your own each week as well.
Celebrity Cruises Leading Edge Mobile Cinema Tour
March 29 – June 20
The Celebrity Cruises Leading Edge Mobile Cinema Tour is coming to the following cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Wichita, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami, Tampa, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Washington DC, Boston, Chicago and Canada
Celebrity Cruises is bringing a new experience to lovers of cinema and travel across North America with a unique mobile cinema tour. The story of Celebrity Edge℠ is going on a cross-country journey; making 48 stops over 12 weeks, from March 29 through June 20.
At each tour stop, attendees will be welcomed on a red carpet as they enter Celebrity’s state-of-the-art, custom-built 91-seat high-definition mobile cinema for a 15-minute cinematic experience, including a 3-D animatic reveal of Celebrity’s newest class of ships in nearly a decade – Edge Class. Inside, guests will enjoy beverages and gourmet truffle popcorn, and have the opportunity to win one of more than 50 modern luxury giveaways with Celebrity.
Sample tour stops include: California Jazz & Wine Festival, California Wine Festival, 50th Houston International Film Festival, SPAC Rock & Run, CitiCenter DC, Arlington Heights Promenade of Art, and the Toronto Wine & Spirits Festival on Sugar Beach. At select tour stops, Celebrity’s own Marine Research Naturalist Brent Nixon will provide an “Oceans Alive” experience featuring high definition 4K under water filming encounters with sharks, turtles, stingrays, and majestic humpback whales, allowing guests to feel the “pulse” of the living oceans Celebrity sails around the world.
Read the full April 2017 Newsletter.