One of the most fascinating places I have ever visited in South America is Bolivia. Albeit my trip was too short and too focused on recovering lost luggage when I visited many years ago with the intent on hiking. But the images still remain in my mind, and I am eager to revisit and linger longer.
Bolivians consider Lake Titicaca a sacred place.
I remember taking a boat ride on Lake Titicaca on Christmas Day. I remember the other-worldly Valley of the Moon.
Bolivia’s Valley of the Moon
I remember the fragrant markets and the women wearing colorful clothes and bowler hats.
It seemed like everyone wore this type of hat when I visited Bolivia
Yes, I remember the stunning visuals of this landlocked country located deep in the heart of South America just below Brazil that I knew nothing about when I first visited.
What I don’t remember is the food.
So when the opportunity came up to visit with Kamilla Seidler, Executive Chef for Gustu Gastronomia S.A., a leader in the “Bolivian Gastronomy Integration (MIGA)” on The Connected Table LIVE! David and I couldn’t resist. Read more »
The official arrival of 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau arrived last week. Following decades-old French tradition, the wine was uncorked at one past minute on the third Thursday in November. The arrival of Nouveau around the world is akin to the arrival of the holiday tree in Rockefeller Center, celebrating of the start of the holiday season.
On Wednesday, November 25, 2pm EST we visit with Carolyn Von Klitzing, owner of Château de la Chaize in Brouilly, one of the oldest and most historic estates in Beaujolais. This stately home and winery has been in Caroline’s family since the 1600s. Caroline was raised and educated in Paris and worked at Christie’s Auction house for several years before taking over the export markets for Château de la Chaize. She moved back to Paris in 2006 to manage the winery and is committed to preserving the natural habitat through non-invasive, sustainable methods.
Caroline von Klitzing
The Brouilly grape is exclusively gamay, a variety with black skin and white flesh that lends itself to the ripe juiciness in Beaujolais wines. At Château de la Chaize 50% of the vineyard is older than 40 years old, some plants even reaching 80 years. This wine estate is the largest in one block in the whole of Beaujolais and Burgundy (99 hectares/ 250 acres).
Red wine with fish? What wine to drink with Chinese food? Wine expert and sought after speaker and educator, Josh Wesson has always taken an innovative look at pairing wine with food. Josh has taught many of us that wine should be thought of as an essential accessory to complement your food and not a second thought.
Josh also taught us that accessorizing wine with food did not have to be the “Chanel bag” of wines. In fact, it could be a Sportsac if it was great quality. That’s why he created Best Cellars, a wine shop like no other at the time that offered quality wines to enjoy everyday for $15 and under. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P grocery store chain to everyday shoppers) took note and acquired Best Cellars in 2007. Today Josh continues to lecture and consult around the world and owns the wine shop Best Bottles in Manhattan and has a few more projects in the works which he will share on our November 25th show.
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