Can you ever tire of drinking Champagne? Perhaps, but I didn't reach my limits last week enjoying Champagne Collet on assignment at the source. Over a period of two days, I sipped Collet in progress from barrels in their cellars in Ay, in a flight of nine different labels in their new tasting room and in several restaurants around the area - with crayfish in butter sauce at La Grillade Gourmande, with lobster and quinoa at Les Berceaux and with chicken and morels at Chateau d'Etoges. You'll be reading about, and seeing more of, Champagne Collet in the coming months. Have your flute or white wine glass ready.
Earlier this month I spent a birthday week visiting Rias Baixas and tasting its lovely Albarinos and Albarino blends. Here are links to my first two pieces, one in Palate Pess and one in Daily Meal: http://palatepress.com/2014/06/wine/rias-baixas-spains-little-green-giant/ and http://www.thedailymeal.com/pilgrimage-r-baixas/61314
Authenticity. The wide use of the word by winemakers around the world often puzzles me, because they usually don't answer the obvious question: Authentic to what? "Authentic" must have a reference point of a place and a time - and it seldom is given one. For the summer issue of the American Wine Society Journal, I asked six famous winemakers - Robert Drouhin, James Symington, Marco Felluga, Joe Babich ,Mike Grgich and Angelo Gaja - what winemaking was like 50 years ago during the 1963 vintage in their part of the world. What did authenticity mean in 1963?
I live in Chester County, PA, which means that I live in Mushroom Country - almost half of the nation's fresh mushrooms are grown here. Read more in my article at http://modernfarmer.com/2014/05/welcome-mushroom-country-population-nearly-half-u-s-mushrooms/
This weekend is the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia and my article on the event and some of the people in it appears online in Town & Country at http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/sporting/big-daddy-aberdeen-dad-vail-regatta.
Roger Morris writes about wine, food, and travel for several publications including Town & Country, Robb Report, Wine Enthusiast, Intermezzo, USA Today Magazines, Sante', The Daily Meal, Sommelier Journal, Beverage Media, Drinks, Drinks Business (UK), Writer's Digest and Details.com.
Morris may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to 25 Millstone Court, Landenberg, PA 19350, USA