Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

It was 1965 when Mel and I, as newlyweds, left England to spend three months living in an old wine press house in Jerez de la Frontera, called Cerro Viejo. He was 20 and I was 19 and this was our first year in the wine business. Mel had been offered a trainee position...
From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Now I know that you all think of Las Vegas as a fun place with great hotels, restaurants and casinos.  Mel and I haven’t been there since 1974.  It’s changed! We were taking my sister Georgia and her Italian architect partner of 15 years on a trip to the Grand Canyon...
Charlie’s Wedding

Charlie’s Wedding

Our beloved son Charles married the girl of OUR dreams.  Forget ‘the girl of HIS dreams’ and concentrate on Mel and me for a moment. This extraordinary young woman, Mona Fahmy, is the sort of daughter-in-law we parents secretly know is just the perfect human being who...

Food, Wines, Cars, and Bourbon

Spring was in the air when Mel and I took the train from Boston to New York to have dinner with some dear friends of our from our 1990 restaurant days in Colorado.  They chose the glitzy Mark Hotel where Jean-Georges Vongerichten oversees the Mark restaurant. We all...