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Galatoire’s

That was the system, we recalled. One course at a time. Finish the course, think about the next, talk about it, order it. A perfect way to turn a dinner into a celebration, to have an opportunity to chat, to observe the people in the dining room, even to join in to a couple of choruses of "Happy Birthday." We didn't leave until nearly 10 p.m., comfortably filled but not stuffed.
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2008 La Stella Vivace

La Stella Vivace is a fine example of the Okanagan coming through in the grape. Grown sustainably and organically, the Vivace is crisp and refreshing with citrus and green pears on the nose. The palate reveals a touch more citrus, a juicy splash of green tree fruits (apples & pears), hints of tropical fruit (think: pineapple) and an undertone of sage and stone that reminds me so much of the desert.
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Reading Beyond the Lines of Top 100 Lists

With but one thin page left on the calendar, media of all sorts are chiming in with “Best of 2009” and “The Year in _____” lists. With respect to wine, that means it’s time for Top 100 lists. This year, I thought it would be interesting to analyze the five major Top 100 lists by focusing not on the recommended wines, but rather on the tastemakers behind them. Let’s take a closer look…