Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Washington DC does not lack for very good restaurants, but several of the best can claim to be under the control of one man. In the case of ten restaurants in the city, that master restaurateur is New Delhi-born Ashok Bajaj, who might be compared to New York’s Danny Meyer or Chicago’s Rich Melman, operators for whom the word “sufficient” is not to be found in their vocabularies. The Washington Post called him “a major force” on the fine dining scene; The New York Times called him “arguably the most successful restaurateur in Washington”; and GQ magazine named him one of the "50 Most Powerful People in Washington." Remarkably, Bajaj has achieved all he has by diverting from his safe zone of Indian cuisine into Italian, American and French, and my recent visit to Washington proved he’s lost none of his knack for quality control. He is known to his patrons and staff as a restaurateur who visits each of his … [Read more...] about With Ten Restaurants In DC, Ashok Bajaj Is The City’s Gastronomic Powerbroker
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin You hear reports now and then about how many people can’t tell the difference between a red wine and a white wine if tasted blind, much less one red or white wine from another. This is no cause for being smug for the simple reason that all wines are nothing but fermented grape juice, and a great number of white wines are made from red grapes. The fact is that wine experts make mistakes all the time about what they’re tasting, including Harry Waugh, a legendary British connoisseur who, when asked when was the last time he’d mistaken a Bordeaux for a Burgundy, responded, “What time was lunch?” Which is one of the reasons American wine critic Robert Parker refused ever to taste wines blind. The prospects of committing a whopper of an error are huge. Still, those who labor intensely, sometimes for years, and often fail exams as often as would-be lawyers to become an officially designated Master of Wine (there are only … [Read more...] about Why Do So Many Wines Taste So Different And Why Do So Many Taste The Same?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When it comes to summer entertaining, delicious food and wine is key to a good time. If you’re having trouble picking what wines to pour during your next soiree, check out the four Banfi wines below. Whether you’re serving grilled meat or a tomato-based pasta, or something in between, one of these wines will make the perfect accompaniment! “There is no right or wrong way to pair food and wine, but a well-made wine will always enhance and complement the appropriate food,” says Dino Altomare, Director of Education for Banfi. “The name of the game is experimenting to find things you like, but there are a few general ideas that can help guide you on this journey.” The Rosa Regale This rosé is only in contact with the skins for a few hours, allowing for a much lighter and fresher style of Brachetto that resembles a Provence Rosé in color and character. This sparkling rosé can pair with anything from ceviche to grilled fish … [Read more...] about 4 Italian Wines Ideal For Summer Entertaining, And Tips On Food Pairings