Friday, June 18, 2010

South African Wines and the World Cup

Soccer fever is also running high in South Africa's wine country these days. And with it, there's an overall spike in sales, to countries competing in the tournament.
And there is no doubt that South African wines are benefiting from the World Cup.

In previous decades, South Africa's isolation during the apartheid years held back both innovation and international expansion in the wine industry, but since the dawn of democracy the country's wines have become far more palatable and are increasing in popularity around the globe.

South African winemakers now say that they can compete with the rest of the world but at home, the situation has been more complex.

Catch a peek at the subject of South African wine right now in this video clip:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jacques Pépin, Columbia Commencement Day 2010

Recently here in New York, the late, great Julia Child's former partner, Chef Jacques Pépin stepped onto the podium at Columbia University, and graced it with his usual wisdom and style during their graduation ceremony.

Now standing in front of a captive audience with Ernest Hemingway looks (as well as a certain "bearded" elegance), Pépin shared his wealth of experience and passion as he told of his coming to America from France in the late 1950s. And of course, he spoke warmly of his time as a student at this very same prestigious university.
Pépin is a Columbia University General Studies graduate, who then went on to receive a Masters in French Literature from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. And, this is the first time he has ever given a commencement/graduation address.
Well done, Jacques. C'est magnifique! And super congratulations to the Class of 2010.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Terra Brockman: Live

Well, almost. From her own blog, Terra gives us her report of all the dish, glitz, and glamor of the 2010 James Beard Awards.
PhotobucketAnd word has it, that her book, The Seasons on Henry's Farm will be receiving some rave review in this weekend's New York Times Book Review. Stay tuned.