2004 La Storia Petite Sirah, AV Estate
$100 Value And A JOY
The 2004 P. Sirah is the second vintage bottled under the La Storia Line designation.
The Vintage started with very wet winter and spring time. The rain during the bloom of the vines reduced the crop level in some varieties including P. Sirah and ultimately led to spectacular and concentrated high quality wines.
As usual the grapes were picket at optimum ripeness between 25 and 27 Brix. About half of the grapes were fermented in small open top fermentors with punch down technique for gentle tannin extraction and increased flavor and color. The rest were fermented in stainless steel tanks. The primary yeast were L2226 and Syrah and the mallolactic fermentation was completed in barrels. The wine was aged in a mixture of French, European and American oak for sixteen months prior bottling.
This is a big, powerful wine with predominant aromas of ripe plums, blackberry and the typical, for the variety, blueberry. The second layer brings out graphite and smoky-tarry nuances of coffee and molasses. The mouth feel is definitely of a full bodied wine with massive but surprisingly civilized tannins leading to a long and unforgettable finish. Longevity is guaranteed with this variety for the next 10-15 years…or more!
THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BAR NEVER TO SERVE ALCOHOL – UNTIL NOW
The Big Screen’s Pat Cohan’s Bar
Opens Its Doors to Patrons for the First Time
Cong, Ireland, October 15, 2008 – Movie lovers will finally have the chance to drink at the legendary Pat Cohan’s Bar, immortalized in the 1952 Academy Award nominated film The Quiet Man.
Directed by John Ford and starring Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne, The Quiet Man is considered the most authentic depiction of rural Ireland in the 1930’s. Pat Cohan’s Bar served as the local watering-hole for John Wayne in the film. Today, after a two-year restoration, guests can enjoy a cold pint of “black beer” standing exactly where John Wayne stood 57 years ago. After the filming, the space existed as a supermarket and, in 2003, became a souvenir shop. The bar restoration began in 2006 and was completed by using still shots taken from a DVD of the movie and matching each detail to perfection, down to the wall hangings, pint glasses and even the antique wine cork.
Two of the film’s most memorable scenes were shot on the famous Ashford Castle Estate, a five minute walk from Pat Cohan’s Bar. The Quiet Man’s fight scene in which John Wayne punches Victor McLaglen into the river was shot on the Ashford Castle grounds and the climactic scene in which John Wayne drags his wife back from the Castletown train station to be reunited with her family was shot on the Ashford Castle Golf Course.
Restaurants Nationwide are Proving there’s Plenty of Dough to go Around Coast to Coast, Fresh Baked Bread is on the Rise
Placing homemade quality at the forefront of every dining experience, many restaurants across the country are preparing handmade, seasonal breads, ranging from biscuits to baguettes, pretzels to popovers. The simple [and free!] luxury of homemade bread before a meal is a treat we can all afford to savor year round.
Allen & Delancey
Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac
115 Allen St., NYC
212- 253- 5400
Allen & Delancey offers delicious array of homemade breads for brunch service as well as dinner. For brunch, selections include a basket of orange-cranberry scones, brioche, banana bread, carrot-zucchini muffins, sticky buns and housemade jams. For dinner, Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac prepares every batch for the table in varieties such as bacon-sage and classic baguettes.
FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY
PRESENTS CRYSTAL GAYLE AND LAURA BELL BUNDY
TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 1
FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post, will continue their 10th Anniversary season with the debut engagement of Grammy Award winner Crystal Gayle and Tony Award nominee Laura Bell Bundy, appearing together for the first time. “Kentucky Girlfriends” – which celebrates their home state and their southern heritage – will make its world premiere at the club from October 28 to November 1. All shows are at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).
In “Kentucky Girlfriends,” Ms. Gayle (hailing from Paintsville, KY) and Ms. Bundy (raised in Lexington, KY), pay tribute to their roots with songs ranging from “Blue Moon of Kentucky” to “That’s What I Love About the South” to “My Old Kentucky Home.” They will also salute The Everly Brothers, their fellow Kentucky-born performers. The show will also feature Ms. Gayle singing her signature hits including “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue?” and Ms. Bundy performing original music from her recent CD debut, “Longing for a Place Already Gone.”
LAURA BELL BUNDY has been performing lead and feature roles in New York and in Regional Theater since the age of nine. She is most familiar to Broadway audiences for originating the roles of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical, and Amber Von Tussle in the Tony Award winning musical, Hairspray, as well as a stint as Glinda in the smash hit, Wicked. In addition to her work in the theater, Ms. Bundy has also appeared as Marah Lewis in “Guiding Light” from 1999-2001 as well as guest appearances on “Cold Case,” “Veronica Mars,” and Comedy Central’s “Strangers With Candy.” She can also be found in such films as Dreamgirls, Life With Mickey and Jumanji. She covers everything from rockabilly to Dixie-flavored pop on her debut CD, Longing for a Place Already Gone, which she co-wrote and co-produced. She is performing with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall on November 7.
Michael Mina and SBE Open XIV on Sunset Boulevard
Celebrated Chef Partners with Hospitality Leader to Create
Innovative Restaurant Concept and Dining Experience
One of the country’s preeminent chefs, Michael Mina, has collaborated with SBE to debut the restaurant XIV, an innovative experience in dining that promises to add an exciting new dimension to the Los Angeles culinary landscape. Located on Sunset Boulevard and designed by Philippe Starck to evoke a European chateau, XIV will feature Mina’s modern American cuisine with a fluid, convivial atmosphere and unique menu structure.
“Michel Mina is an amazing chef as well as a longtime friend,” said SBE CEO Sam Nazarian. “The stars have truly aligned to integrate Michael’s culinary concept with the stunning design of Philippe Starck at this incredible location on Sunset Boulevard. XIV will offer Angelenos the chance to experience Mina’s masterful craft right here in LA.”
The collaboration marks Michael Mina’s return to Los Angeles after a 20-year absence: he began his career as a pastry chef at the Hotel Bel Air. Known for his modern approach to American cuisine, Mina has received numerous honors including the coveted Bon Appétit Chef of the Year 2005, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year 2005, as well as the James Beard Foundation Best California Chef in 2002 and Rising Star Chef in 1997. Beloved for his eponymous restaurant in San Francisco, which received two stars from the Michelin Guide in 2007, Mina has opened 14 concept restaurants throughout the country including Stonehill Tavern at Monarch Beach, which received a three-star review from the Los Angeles Times and was voted one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants by Zagat in 2008.
BRASSERIE 8½ CELEBRATES 8½ YEARS OF CUISINE AND ART
8 ½ Day Anniversary Planned for November 10-17th
Brasserie 8½ will celebrate its 8½ year anniversary this November, a unique milestone for the chic, creative French restaurant, which opened in 2000. For 8½ days, starting at lunch on November 10th through dinner on November 17th, the restaurant invites guests to toast the occasion with exclusive specials.
To celebrate this event, Executive Chef Julian Alonzo has prepared a special menu of his modern interpretations on brasserie classics, There will be a tasting of 8½ dishes, served in courses of two plates at a time, for $28.50 per person. Dishes include pork belly croque madame, short rib pot au feu, escargots with lamb sausage and garlic butter.