According to legend, in the early 1200s, it was decided how the borders of Chianti would be settled. Two horseman should set off at cock’s crow on a designated day, and the boundary would be set where they met.
From a space buried under 2500 feet of obvious winter, the earth suddenly spasms as an opening is ripped through a giant glacial barricade three miles long and ten miles across. Thunder pounds across the freezing desert as an ocean of churning, vicious water swallows the world.
Human beings, as a whole, love sweet. Studies have shown that newborn babies, when given a choice, prefer sugar water over milk. We begin life with a sweet tooth, even while that bud is still locked inside the confines of our tiny gums. For most of us, the craving continues to haunt, delight, plague and pleasure us for the rest of our days.
How quickly can you name four white wines from France? If you’re reading Palate Press, you’ll probably have no trouble with that one: Chablis, Sancerre, Condrieu, Sauternes … the list goes on. So now try this one: What are four white wines from Italy? Pinot Grigio and … yes?
Eddie Lin, of Deep End Dining and NPR’s “Good Food,” recently asked a group of food bloggers to join him for a special off-the-menu “romantic dinner” hosted by Chef Lupe Liang. Each dish—prepared with love—is based on an ingredient that stimulates a certain spot on the map of human sexuality. Be it animal, vegetable, or mineral, the intention of the ingestion is to get one’s motor running.
$232,692. On October 29, 2010, a lot of three bottles of 1869 Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild moved across the auction table at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. When the hammer fell, the total price for the lot was a staggering $698,076. This means that each individual bottle carried a record-setting price tag of $232,692.