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Hedonist's Gazette
Wild Boar Rôtisserie at Le Hameau de Barboron

The new venue for my Burgundy blind tasting group’s biannual meetings is Le Hameau de Barboron, a rustic hunting lodge located in the hills above Savigny-lès-Beaune that’s largely devoted to the pursuit and consumption of wild boar. While it’s only 10 minutes’ leisurely drive from Beaune, the Hameau is a secluded spot, and its charming bedrooms and tranquil ambiance would make it a lovely base for anyone exploring Burgundy’s vineyards. For larger groups, Le Hameau’s resident chasseur and rôtisseur, Marcel,...

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Ma Cuisine - Beaune

Pierre Escoffier's cozy restaurant off the Place Carnot is well worth a visit....

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Coche-Dury & Keller at Beaune’s 1243 Club

A cold night in January found two of the world’s greatest winemaking families convened under one roof: Jean-François and Raphaël Coche-Dury representing France, and Klaus-Peter and Julia Keller representing Germany. The location was Beaune’s elegantly discreet 1243 Club, and entering its candlelit cloisters, I imagine I wasn’t the only guest to feel a distinct thrill of anticipation at the wines we were to drink: fully 11 vintages of Coche’s Corton-Charlemagne, one of Burgundy’s greatest white wines, and six of Keller’s...

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Amics: Friends in Priorat

Get to know this restaurant inside the Buil & Giné winery and hotel....

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Dinner with Jean-Louis Chave at La Balena, Carmel

Jean-Louis Chave was in town for the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, and a group of friends convened to celebrate the occasion with some great food and bottles. Since I wasn’t far away reviewing wines in the Central Coast, I didn’t hesitate to drive to Carmel for the evening—a place that holds fond associations for me as one of the places where my wife and I honeymooned after our wedding in 2014. ......

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Kiro Sushi: Ginza in Rioja?

Step inside the Michelin-starred 10-seat sushi counter in the heart of Rioja....

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Venta Moncalvillo: A Must for Wine Lovers Visiting Rioja

This restaurant by the Escapresto brothers is not to be missed....

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Piazza Duomo (Ceretto Winery Lunch) – Alba, Piedmont

Turns out 2017 was a great year for both wine and truffles....

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Restaurante Elías: The 100-point Paella

I’ve been meaning to write about the rice at Restaurante Elías for a long time—I mentioned it in a previous article on the wines from the Mediterranean strip of Spain last year. But even if I sometimes dream about their crunchy, tasty rice with snails and rabbit, I haven’t had the chance to go back until I had to taste the wines from Jumilla, Yecla and Alicante again, the appellations closest to the village of Xinorlet (or Chinorlet, you might...

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Chez Michelle – Singapore

Two of our reviewers felt right at home at a friend's spectacular dinner in Singapore....

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