Notes from the Wine Star Awards
Last night’s gala event at the 42nd. St. Public Library here in snowy, cold NYC went off perfectly. Seen and enjoyed: Vic Motto, the Lohr family, the one and only J-C Boisset (alone, alas; the Missus is enceinte), Chris Indelicato, Nicholas Catena, Josh Wesson (funny guy), the Mondavi bros, Michael and Tim, Margrit Mondavi, Bill Foley (our person of the year), Baron Eric de Rothschild (pouring, what else, Lafite), David Taub, Harry Chapman, Leonardo Locascio, Ray Chadwick, Mel Dick, Jeff Meier (my dinner partner, superb company), the wonderous Genevieve Janssens (whom I introduced–my first date with a Tele-Prompt-R), Rob Cooper, of St. Germain (and I’d had tea earlier with their chief mixologist, my friend Philip Pepperdine), Tyler Florence, and others too numerous to mention.
In other words, we were the Center of the Wine World last night.
Lots of great wine, of course. The food wasn’t bad, as far as big banquets go. Outside it was FYAO weather (figure it out) but inside the spotlit and beflowered ballroom all was cozy. Baron de Rothschild described a nice conceit in making wine: “It is like a parabola. If you don’t do enough, you don’t get to the top. If you do too much, you’re on the way down.”
This morning (Tuesday) more snow, but at least the temperature mercifully is in the twenties. Now, off to MOMA for the Wine Market Council report, then to Wine Enthusiast World Headquarters, then back in sunny, warm Cali tomorrow. So this is a really quick post. Have a nice day!