Corks and Forks: Thirty Years of Wine and Food

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Counterpoint Press, 2006 - Cooking - 160 pages
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Some may remember Robert Finigan's private wine newsletter, published from 1972 to 1990. Others will know him as the author of the esteemed Robert Finigan's Essentials of Wine. As a critic-at-large, Finigan has dined in the best restaurants and tasted in the finest cellars of the world, and in Corks and Forks he jovially recounts his experiences and the celebrity chefs and winemakers he met along the way.

The events Finigan took part in are now legendary. For the famous Paris Tasting of 1976, Finigan recommended many California Cabernets and Chardonnays that shockingly outpointed their French counterparts. With nine of the world's most distinguished wine tasting professionals, he conducted the re-evaluation of the 1855 Bordeaux classification -- the first in 140 years. He has stepped into the private kitchens of Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, James Beard, Jeremiah Tower, Michel Guerard, and Jean Troisgros, and sipped wine with Robert Mondavi, Ernest Gallo, and Kermit Lynch -- to name just a few of the luminaries profiled in this delightful collection.

As much a chronicle of the developments in food and wine as it is a memoir of the man who witnessed them, Corks and Forks is sure to whet anyone's palate.
 

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The title of this book could just as well have beenPeople, Places and Wines I've Known. Finigan, a well-known wine critic from San Francisco, has supped at the tables of none less than Julia Child ... Read full review

Contents

Rolling the Dice
3
Distinguishing Famous
62
Popping the Cork in Champagne
70
How I Found Prime Italian Vineyards with
77
Seeking the Unusual in Dining
87
The Particular Wine World of London
100
How It Happened
120
1855 Reexamined 140 Years Later
129
The Fascination of Alsace
143
My Worst Nightmares on the Wine and Food Front
151
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