Posts Tagged ‘MiPiace!’

It’s Oulili, was Volubilis

With apologies to rhyme patterns and They Might Be Giants, it’s both the ancient Roman settlement of Volubilis and the then- and current Berber village of Oulili. Considering we’d only been in Fès for a few days of the Festival and with more to come, we opted to head out to visit, at least according…

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When in Fès

So, you find yourself going to Fès (or Fez, as I had always thought it spelled) for seven days of the Fès Festival of Sacred Music and you’re looking for a place to stay. You want some place that’s convenient, but not too loud or in the middle of the medina. You’d like a comfortably…

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Welcome Back!

Since the last posts from Austria and the Italian Alps, we’ve also managed to ride a boat in a glacial lake and tent overnight in the Sahara desert. For a preview from the most recent trip, you can pop over to http://vsco.co/tastoid/journal and see some photos there. Stay tuned.

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Ride on, Vienna

    Why did we end up in Vienna—Waltz? No.  Mozart? Nope. Fluency in German? Nein. Love pastries? Not really. @Bourdain?Brainbuzz, germinate a few years, back burner, a “someday we’ll go there, maybe” place. @Louonwine? “High acid, low alcohol, heuriger, biodynamic, crisp, refreshing”. Yes, that sounds about right.   We were due for a visit to Venice…

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Porchswing at SoBou

When traveling, sometimes it’s fun to try something new and then stick with all of its iterations and permutations. OK, “all” is a bit strong a phrase, maybe it should have been “oft”. So, now we’re oft… We had our first Porchswings at dinner our first night in New Orleans at a place called Brigtsen’s.…

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Mira! Another good rose

Currently ranked #2 for summer rosés at our house, Miraval, by celebrity winemakers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie really is a good one. Nicely produced by Rhone powerhouse Chateau Beaucastel (who just happen to be partner-owners of California’s Tablas Creek), this wine delivers just what you’d expect: a sophisticated summer rose with plenty of flavor,…

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Chop! Enjoy! Repeat!

On a recent visit to the best wine in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, we enjoyed a lunch which started with some delicious salumi. We asked if it was made in-house, like their delicious mortadella, and were told that it was from a small butchery/charcuterie firm in Portland called Chop. Before we heading heading home from Santa…

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Vesuvio Rosso

Here’s a nice sub-$20 food wine. Nice acid and balance, a little bright cherry and a hint of smoke from the volcanic soil. Pretty ruby color. This could very well be wine that Pompeians drank as the sky darkened and ash began to fall. Or maybe not. But if they did, they’d probably have this…

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Si, c’est bon

https://vine.co/v/MgETrtFVQzi/embed Here’s another excellent rose, although it’s not the stereotypical crisp, minerally yet fruity summer wine. It has a little more body and flavor than most. Since the label says it “was aged on lees and under a fine veil of flor for one year in 100-year-old foudres”, I was expecting it to be wilder…

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Summer Friday Evenings

A nicely balanced, refreshing Oregonian rosé. It was good with a little late afternoon sunshine and even better with Pad Thai and a Thai spicy beef salad. Very low alcohol, so you need not be afraid when you notice the bottle is more than half gone. We’ll be having this again!

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