LETTER FROM THE RHONE

Before dinosaurs roamed the earth, back in 1969, Mel and I left England to live in Provence. It was the beginning of our wine journey. Mel used that time to co-author his book on the “Wines of the Rhone”. His partner-in-wine was John Livingstone Learmonth who has...

French trip December 2011 by Janie

“Merde!” muttered Mel (that’s British for “Suffering succotash!”) as we drove at dawn down the A-6 from Paris toward Burgundy, “Why is it always raining in December?” Of course, Murphy’s (or Sod’s) lament that ‘if anything can go wrong, it will’ is always present when...

STEVEN SPURRIER’S 70TH I first met Steven in the mid 1960’s when we were both saplings in the British wine trade. He and his wife, Bella are two of our dearest buddies and we have shared many wonderful meals together and even more fine bottles! Steven is now one of...

Tasting “Blind” and Janie’s Recipes

When I was first in the wine business I always enjoyed the challenge of tasting wines “blind” and hazarding a guess as to their provenance. In those days it was a hundred times easier than today because all one usually had to consider was Burgundy, Bordeaux or Rhone....

A GREAT FRENCH CHEF by Janie Master

When Mel and I moved to Provence in 1969, not only was our love of food expanded ten-fold but we also befriended some of the top chefs in France. One of them was the great Paul Bocuse, in Lyon, who had just acquired his third star (the highest accolade) from the...