Tom Natan

    • A barrel of…questions

      A few weeks ago, Cy and I were having lunch when he had a question about oak barrels and winemaking. Is wine ever aged or stored in barrels made from other kinds of wood? You’d think it could be, right? I didn’t have an answer then, so I did a little research. It turns out that this is one of those things where the universe converges on one right answer because of the way ba ...

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  • The other champagne grapes

    … salt. And one of the ingredients is “polenta,” which might be used interchangeably for cornmeal — except that you can also buy polenta-grind cornmeal. That’s what I did, and the cake was a little bit more toothsome than I’d like. Also too crumbly. So now I use finely ground cornmeal instead. You’ll find Champagne Bernard Mante on our Fizz…

  • Small plates, big service

    … to have one last lovely dinner out, we found a small-plate restaurant that we’d go back to anytime. Joon Bar + Kitchen, in Provincetown, MA, does it right. And since it’s a small restaurant in an expensive town with a very short tourist season, if they can do it, anyone can. We knew we weren’t in the DC-small-plate scene the moment we walked in. We…

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  • Our wine is better than your water

    … festival. One of these villages, Cairanne, in the Southern Rhône Valley, just had its third annual Vendange des Artistes, or Artists’ Harvest. The wine cat of Cairanne, from a grape wagon at the Vendanges des Artistes. As I posted a couple of years ago, the festival started with local art students painting the wagons used to haul grapes from…

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