When you visit Montalcino, you’ll quickly learn that Brunello is king. And, all that fantastic Brunello pairs perfectly with the Tuscan cuisine—roasted meats, whole fish and those delectable pastas.
If you want to buy the best wine for the least amount of money, you need a friend. A trusted wine expert who has not only studied wine but who also samples a lot of wines to learn even more. In San Antonio, my Wine Guy is Ralph Cortez, the longtime wine manager at the H-E-B Plus store at 1604 & Blanco…
One of the most valuable friends a wine lover can have is a trusted wine expert…someone who not only has extensively studied wine but who also samples a lot of wines to learn even more. That person will save you countless dollars over the years. I speak from experience!
One of my favorite cookbooks is The Escoffier Cookbook, given to me by an old friend of many years ago. Auguste Escoffier’s original cookbook that this version is based on was published in France in 1903. He was truly a master of French cuisine and opened the world’s eyes to its genius.
It was a glass of Brunello that changed my future forever! And, after spending one afternoon lounging at a wine maker’s home in Tuscany, a book I purchased by Kevin Zraly — my first foray into wine — that truly piqued my passion and has affected my lifelong outlook as an eager-to-learn, wine enthusiast.