🤨where in the world is dat vineyard? 👆👆👆
in Yunnan province in china 🤯LVMH has invested heavily in a vineyard near Shangri-La at the Himalayan foothills (pictured). And it is an utterly spell-binding mountain terroir – which has no equivalent anywhere else on the planet. The steeply terraced vineyards are at a breath-taking (almost literally) 2,200-2,600m – hence the name Ao Yun, which means flying or roaming above the clouds.
nyc wine critic Eric Asimov tells wine school readers to try top mass produced wines in the US readership revolts ✊while Eric is left to dissect the comments from those that love the wines and those that don’t. Though over on this camp, we’re not a fan of his selections - Apothic Red California Winemaker’s Blend 2016, $10; Meiomi Monterey County/Santa Barbara County/Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2016, $18; The Prisoner Napa Valley Red Wine 2017, $42 - because number one they are overly processed for our tastes and quite expensive on top of that - we do agree that to know why wine, you must experience the good and the bad.
grew up on baby carrots 🥕? well it’s likely that you like cork-tainted wine. UC Davis professor Linda Bisson, who has been teaching at UC Davis a wine introductory class for 30 years, noticed an alarming trend - her students year over year increasingly could not identify cork taint - and in fact if they did, they liked the aroma. She finally made the connection that baby carrots - have a high-risk for developing TCA - the same chemical compound that infects wine corks. So, what was once an aroma that should induce a gag reflex, is now linked to pleasant memories of childhood.
🍽where to wine or dine this week
hottest desert of the year...is burnt ⬛️this shrek like cheesecake was birthed at La Viña in Spain’s San Sebastián, a neighborhood snack joint. New York’s Dominque Ansel, viral dessert master is jumping on the bandwagon and making his own version at Dominique Ansel Kitchen, starting Feb. 13….and it’s already sold-out 😖. Don’t have time to wait for that thirst pic? Stay at home and make your own with Food52’s recipe
📖what we're reading this week
listen to “Becoming’ - Michelle Obama’s memoir an intimate look into her rise from modest origins to the White House. PRO TIP from newsletter reader Kelly - “the audiobook is especially good - she reads it herself!” 🙌