Above: the cover of the November issue of Los Angeles. When I was a kid growing up and going to school in southern California, no one could have ever imagined how the popularity of Italian cuisine would explode in the U.S.
Four years ago, I got a call from my good friend and college buddy Chef Steve Samson who lives in Los Angeles. It was the early spring of 2011.
“We’re opening our new restaurant Sotto next month,” he told me, “and we want you to write the wine list.”
Today, more than four years later, the restaurant is still going strong and I couldn’t be more proud of the (nearly) all southern Italian wine program that I run there with my colleague Christine Veys who manages the eatery.
For its Italian-themed November issue (which came online yesterday), Los Angeles magazine included a piece by super groovy LA sommelier Taylor Parsons of République, one of the leading wine professionals in the country, on “the best places to drink Italian wine” in the city.
I couldn’t be more thrilled that he included us. Check out the article here.
When I was growing up in southern California in the 70s and attending undergrad at UCLA in the 80s, Italian gastronomy was still relegated to a notch below continental cuisine. Today it reigns supreme, so much so that “the November issue of Los Angeles magazine is dedicated to the best Italian food this city has to offer,” as the editors write.
How cool is that?
Christine and I will be pouring four wines from Campania at Sotto on Monday, November 2 at 6:30. It’s only $35 for the flight and light bites by Chef Steve.
And later that week, I’ll be leading two tastings in Boulder, Colorado: Wednesday, November 4, I will be pouring four Franciacorta wines at a free in-store tasting at the Boulder Wine Merchant from 5:30-7 p.m. and then Thursday, November 5, from 5-7 p.m. when I will be pouring 12 wines (cost and location to be determined).
Tracie P and I are actually heading to Boulder tomorrow for a long weekend away and the Boulder Burgundy Festival where I am the event’s official blogger and the moderator on a panel on Sunday that includes Ray Isle and Paul Wasserman.
It should be a fun time so stay tuned!