It wasn’t easy and frankly, I’m not sure how I survived the harrowing ordeal: please click here to read my “notes from the road” (PDF), tales from my Aspen trip published this month in The Tasting Panel.
I met restaurateur Brian Duncan in New York last year but I had never heard him speak. He really brought the house down with his “Wines that Love Food” seminar. And 1988 Massolino Barolo Margheria? Simply and awesomely unforgettable…
Above: one of the Twin Lakes, a shot I took about 15 minutes before reaching the village of Twin Lakes near Leadville, CO.
The beauty of Colorado leaves me speechless. Yesterday I crossed the Continental Divide (also known as the Great Divide) as I made my way from Boulder to Aspen. The awe-inspiring landscapes fill one’s soul with wonderment and marvel. The expanse of the horizon and the power of nature — and the accompanying introspection — puts a lot into emotional perspective.
Above: it had snowed earlier in the day in and around Aspen. I took this shot about 5 minutes before reaching the Continental Divide.
As I travel through these (for me) uncharted landscapes, I’m feeling a little like Lemuel Gulliver. And my arrival in Aspen brought even more wonderment. When I happened upon The Grog Shop, the town’s standby wine and spirits shop, it occurred to me that there is perhaps no other place in the U.S. where bottles of Haut-Brion and Gaja — ranging from $250 to $600 apiece — are displayed six-deep on the store’s shelves.
Seems that they live well on this side of the divide.
The Grog Shop
710 E Durant Ave #1
Aspen, CO 81611
In other news…
While browsing all the wines I cannot afford at the antithetically named Grog Shop, I couldn’t resist picking up a copy of The Wine Spectator’s “pizza issue.” I liked Harvey Steinman’s coverage of pizza in the U.S. but I was disappointed to see that the editors included only one Italian wine in the 75+ wines featured in their “Value Reds to Serve with Pizza” sidebar. It’s just as well: Italians generally serve beer with pizza (I have to confess, however, that one of my guilty pleasures is Nebbiolo and pepperoni pizza).
Earlier this year, I did a post on New York City pizzerie, including a few pizzaioli omitted by the Spectator.
In other other news…
The Aspen Food & Wine Classic officially begins tonight with the kick-off party… stay tuned…