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In his wonderful book BAD: Or, the Dumbing of America, the late Paul Fussell developed a theory about altitude: the higher the restaurant, the worse the food.
When my name first started appearing at the top of this page each month, I promised myself there was one topic that I would strenuously avoid. Eighteen months in, I’m about to break that promise…
A vivacious woman with a warm, gregarious personality, Jeanne-Marie attended business school before moving to Burgundy with her then-husband and having two daughters. One could only imagine how difficult it must have been for a woman to be taken seriously by men – especially the kind of old-school producers who may not have encountered women in that capacity before.
VINIPAX was created in 2007, organized entirely by the Beja municipality and enologist Anibal Jose-Coutinho, leading wine authority and the author of many books and guides on Portuguese wines. Anibal is passionate about Portuguese wine and is working hard to put it on the world’s map.
Hervé Dechamps is the seventh person to hold the Chef de Cave position in 204 years, and I've been lucky enough to meet with him many times over the years, always learning something new about himself, his approach to wine, and winemaking in general.