Category: Wine – Bibliography

Julia Child – America’s First Celebrity Chef

This season I am enjoying the series Julia that explores the second half of her life, defined by the moment when Julia Child enrolled in the Le Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris to learn to savor and prepare French cuisine. The year was 1948. She met two women who became dear friends, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, in her studies. The friendships changed American cuisine and history when the three women opened their own cooking school, L’Ecole des Trois Gourmandes. Their teaching style and collaboration led to their famous cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking which was published in 1961.

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Searching for American Heritage Wine Grapes In Missouri, Ohio and Texas

Which grapes dominate winemaking today? There are six grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling – that dominate winemaking, and all of them are grown in San Luis Obispo County. They have been referred to as the “noble grapes” by generations of wine writers and authorities who identified these grapes at the top of an aristocratic hierarchy in Vitis vinifera. They are European grapes – none are American Heritage Grapes.

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American Rhone: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink by Patrick J. Comiskey.

American Rhone Wines have seen dramatic growth as the American palate matures. More acreage is devoted to growing the grapes each year and more winemakers are producing the wines. Syrah is one of the most exciting varietals. Patrick writes the history of the American Rhone movement; it is timely and a compelling story which is most enjoyable to read as you sip your favorite varietal.

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