This past weekend, the world of wine came to Nantucket Island. I sipped, spat, tasted, my way through several days, many events, and enjoyed oh-so-many conversations with fellow wine lovers.
One pairing that stood out on the Gala evening was a late harvest dessert wine with foie gras. An Hungarian Tokaji (similar to a Sauternes) was placed next to Hudson Valley Foie Gras. The Tokaji by itself was delicious. Deep, rich, and sweet, although not cloyingly so. The team at Hudson Valley Foie Gras took their excellent foie gras and incorporated it into a sublime parfait recipe (Recipe to follow). Paired with the Late Harvest wine? Perfection. One flavor complemented the other and each was improved exponentially. (more…)
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I met Denis way back when, when he was still an active sommelier at Le Languedoc. Before I went to graduate school, I waited tables at Cioppino’s Restaurant on Nantucket. After service, the ‘crew’ from Le Languedoc would fold into our tiny bar. I knew Denis was “The Wine Guy” at Le Languedoc, but I didn’t begin to appreciate the depth of hi