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FlashbACK…Nantucket Wine Festival 2014

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Dominique Demarville, Chef du Cave Veuve Clicquot, at currentVintage

Nantucket Wine Fest is very special to me.  My husband been an organizer since the very beginning and through NWF, I have met amazing people, sipped oh-so-fine wine and had some incredible experiences…

Great Wines in Grand Homes Burgundy dinners…DRC & Comte de Vogue with Eric Asimov at La Fete…divine wine & cheese pairings with Ihsan Gurdhal…a Hospices de Beaune luncheon with Anthony Hanson…all epic on my scale.

Each winter, we are on the road for weeks visiting winemakers from Sonoma to Barcelona, and now, we have the great pleasure of welcoming many friends on our home turf.

cV positivley throbs with excitement this week!  We are hosting:  Lynanne & Pablo Nyarady of Trifecta Wines, Erni Loosen & Jay Somers of Dr. Loosen & J. Christopher wineries, Hervé Birnie-Scott & Cheval des Andes, and, as always, a Veuve Clicquot champagne tasting with Dominique Demarville, Chef du Cave.  Yes, I love NWF!

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Manuel Louzada, Bodega Numanthia, at cV

So much happens in those few fabulous days of clinking, drinking, dining & discovery that it takes us a year to post our pics!  Now, as NWF 2015 fast approaches, we are looking back at last year and getting excited yet again, for this world class event that takes place on our island.

NWF Harbor Gala 2014

NWF Harbor Gala 2014

Priorat

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, travel, Wine | Posted on 02-12-2014

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Porrera, Priorat, Catalonia, Spain

Porrera, Priorat, Catalonia, Spain

While one can have a wine tour of Spain via the tapas bars of Barcelona (which we most certainly did), nothing beats standing in the vineyard with a winemaker in understanding a wine.

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Much of our travel to wine regions is appointment driven; each year we go to Napa & Sonoma,  Paso & Santa Barbara, and somewhere in Europe, usually Burgundy, with the purpose of wine discovery for currentVintage.  Our two weeks in Spain, much like our time in Sicily last year, was much more cultural adventure than wine mission.  We spent equal amounts of time on food, drink and sights and more time in city than country.  This has been a refreshing change for me–now I don’t fall in love with just a wine, but a region.

Priorat is arguably the most prestigious wine region of Spain;  one of only 2 DOQ, the other being the larger, more famous Rioja.  The renaissance of the region has become  legendary in recent times.  Five friends, led by Rene Barbier of Clos Mogador, bought land in the late 80s, gambling that the old vines of Priorat, with proper attention and vineyard management would yield amazing juice.  They planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, etc, to complement the existing Carignan and Grenache growing in the distinct slate “llicorella”, and the rest is history.  Check the prices for L’Ermita and Clos Erasmus on winesearcher.com to get an idea of their success.

I clearly remember my first sip of Clos Erasmus (by Daphne Glorian, one of the five aforementioned) on the deck of the Sconset Market a few years back, so there was no way I was going to Barcelona and not visiting this part of Catalonia, however briefly.  We invited friends on holiday in Barcelona to join us and other friends drove down from Toulouse, France.  It was a fun-filled couple of days, to say the least.  We enjoyed famous wines, such as Clos Mogador and made new discoveries, such as the honest wines of Capafons-Osso.  We visited folks my husband, Mark, met when a doing film with the Nantucket Wine Festival and Plum TV on some of the wine regions of Spain awhile back.  We had a fabulous morning and lunch with Roger Simo of Vall LLach in the charming village of Porrera.  We four-wheeled through the lovingly tended organic vineyards of Capafons-Osso.  We swooned over everything by the Esther Nin.  She is now the winemaker for Clos Erasmus, but her own biodynamic wines, Nit de Nin and Planetes de Nin were the ones that touched me most.  I got to meet Jordi Vidal, who makes the compelling “Les Brugueres” Garnacha Blanxa (a rare & acclaimed white from the Priorat) that we sell at cV.  The winery is La Conreria d’ Scala Dei in the tiny northern hamlet of Escaladei and it was a strikingly different perspective on Priorat, eg white vines and more clay.

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Escaladei

I love this video of Rene Barbier, Daphne Glorian, Alvaro Palacios & Josep Lluis Perez looking back on 25 years in the region and how they took the leap of faith that has re-invigorated the Priorat.  It is a truly great story.

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Vall LLach

Another great story is that of Lluis Llach, a famous Catalan folk singer and songwriter.  He retreated to Porrera, where he had spent much time growing up, to write music around the same time the Band of Five was planting like crazy on the other side of hills.  His saw that his tiny village was dying and that the local cooperative could not employ the next generation.  He founded the winery Vall Llach, which was followed by a dozen more in recent years, and ow the whole community is living the life of wine, once again.  It is impossible to visit Vall Llach and not feel the love Lluis has for Priorat, for Porrera, for his founding partner Enric Costa and for his dear friend, the late poet Miquel Martí i Pol.  It is a winery based on quality and community and I was profoundly impressed.  Now that Porrera is back on its feet, Lluis is investing his time and treasure in Senegal.  He is a shining star in the world of wine.

Michael Kors Fashion Show for Theatre Workshop Nantucket

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, Events, Fashion, Nantucket | Posted on 29-08-2014

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IMG_9451The Michael Kors fashion show for Theatre Workshop took place on August 15 and was, for many the highlight of the summer on Nantucket!  Such a gorgeous setting, a great cause–and the clothes–to die for!

Held at a private home in Sconset, it began with photos,shopping & hors d’oeuvres, then a full runway fashion show of the Michael Kors Fall collection, followed by poolside dancing in the moonlight…What a magical evening for a great cause and currentVintage was most proud to be a sponsor!

Here are a few snaps of the evening:

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cV VC “Vintage & Vintage” Fashion Show with Veuve Clicquot

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, Events, Fashion, Nantucket, Vintage | Posted on 07-08-2014

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cV VC BI VG EE frame-Galley Beach-691The #ClicquotMail Truck rolled off the boat and on to Nantucket in July–first stop, currentVintage!

It was a flurry of fun as we popped the corks on Vintage Rosé & La Grande Dame 2004 and posed for photos with the VC photo booth.  That was just the warm up, as the next day, currentVintage staged a sold out fashion show with The Nantucket blACKbook at swank Galley Beach…

Here are some of the looks…

Photos by Zelda Hessler

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currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket: Chapter 2!

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, Events, Fashion, Nantucket, Vintage | Posted on 01-08-2013

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currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket 2013

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket 2013

Our last post featured highlights from the currentVintage Galley Beach & Veuve Clicquot “Wish You Were Here” Fashion Show…

However, can there really be too many  photos of beautiful girls (and a guy) in fabu vintage fashions on a beach?!  Really??

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

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Paula romper smile Galley 2013Paula coral chiffon mini Galley 2013Paula romantic dress Galley 2013

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Kelly Blk PUCCI Galley 2013Alex close Galley 2013Sarah Finale Galley 2013KF SF hug Galley 2013

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currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

SIPPING IN SAN SEBASTIAN

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, Food, travel, Wine | Posted on 28-11-2012

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San Sebastian

Most people look to food, art & architecture for insight into a culture when they travel.  I also like to get out into the suburbs to see how the middle class live and possibly pop into a shopping center or mall.  In France, LeClerc is a lot of fun–a Home Depot and Walmart Superstore rolled into one, but way better.  Advertising and local products are also of interest;  I find that monuments and historical sites don’t always photograph well, but at least I am amused by a snapshot of a billboard or pack of cigarettes.

San Sebastian, Spain, is just beyond the resort towns of Biarritz and St. Jean-de-Luz, over the Southwest France border–Basque country.  Fiercely independent, we actually saw a separatist protest when we were there–but for all we know, they happen daily.  San Sebastian is known for food and beaches, but the bigger attraction in the off season is definitely the restaurant scene–two very different scenes, actually.  The first is the local Basque tapas known as “pintxos” (pronounced “peenchos”).  The old town is chockablock with little and large bars with platters of pintxos displayed on counter tops and blackboard menus listing others.  Each generally has a specialty, eg Iberico ham or spider crab or eels, but there are number of more modern bar/restaurants often bigger and more inventive menus.  Like much of Spain, there is one foot in the new world and one foot squarely in the old.

It may be known for sunning in season, but in November it was cold and rainy, so we did a lot of sipping.  When in Basque, drink as the Basque.  While that could also mean beer, cider or Rioja, to me it meant Txakoli (pronounced Chokali; sp. Txakolina in Basque), the local white wine with a bit of effervescence.  You can buy a bottle of Txacoli at currentVintage, but to get the full effect, you will need to pour it from at least two feet above your glass or as high as your arm can reach.  Skip the wine glass and use a tumbler to decrease your (spilled) wine loss–they generally do.

The other restaurant scene San Sebastian is famous for is of the Michelin-starred variety–more stars per square meter than any other city in Europe!  It is the birthplace of “Cuisine Molecular”;  El Bulli, the most famous, was considered the best restaurant in the world for nearly fifteen years until they closed their doors last year, apparently exhausted form being booked a year in advance for so long.  There are a number of pioneering chefs still in the kitchen, cooking alongside the next generation, as well as a new wave of chefs who learned form the old guard and are now doing their own thing.  One such is Mugaritz, a 2*, where we had a leisurely 4.5 hour lunch.  It was 11 or 13 courses–I lost count.  I will never forget the fist course, however–a piece of “paper” presented in an envelope, after opening which we dipped in a lovely tapenade and then ate.  The amuse bouche of pigeon-blood pudding guised as a chocolate macaron made an impression, as well.  So clever, so imaginative, so expensive, but only sometimes delicious.  The highlight for us was trying a series of unusual Spanish varietal wines thoughtfully chosen by sommelier, Nic–priceless!

A visit to Bilbao is a must, if only to see the spectacular Guggenheim.  Four days in San Sebastian and I felt we hardly made a dent in it or Bilbao, and there is the port of Getaria, home of Txakoli, in between.  Perhaps we did to too much sipping?

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San Sebastian

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Me in San Sebastian

Me in San Sebastian

Jorge Otoiza sculpture on Paseo Nuevo promenade

Jorge Otoiza sculpture on Paseo Nuevo promenade

Mention of Nantucket in Basque!

Mention of Nantucket in Basque!

Whaling Exhibit at Naval Museum

Whaling Exhibit at Naval Museum

La Concha Beach

Playa de La Concha

San Sebastian

San Sebastian

Pomegranate ceviche, A Fuego Negro

Pomegranate ceviche, A Fuego Negro

Modern Pinxos

Modern Pintxos

Kobe slider

Kobe slider

Tempura at A Fuego Negro

Tempura at A Fuego Negro

Iberico Ham
Old school pinxos

Old school pintxos

Fresh cod

Fresh cod

Txakolina

Txakolina

Working for our lunch at Mugaritz

Working for our lunch at Mugaritz

First course, Mugaritz

First course, Mugaritz

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Mugaritz

Mugaritz

Mugaritz

Local vino

Local vino

Decanting is fun

Decanting is fun

Louise Bourgeois "Maman"

Louise Bourgeois "Maman"

Puppy

Jeff Koons "Puppy"

Kapoor "Tall Tree & the Eye"

Kapoor "Tall Tree & the Eye"

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Bilbao

Daniel Buren "Arcos Rojos"

Daniel Buren "Arcos Rojos"

Bilbao Bride

Bilbao Bride

Old Town Bilbao

Old Town Bilbao

Smoking--Not good for teeth?

Smoking--Not good for teeth?

Smoking kills

Smoking kills

BILBAO Silken Gran Hotel Domine

Fountain in Silken Gran Hotel Domine BILBAO

Anti-bullfighting ad

Anti-bullfighting ad

eternal youth.

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This photo haunts me and has haunted me since I flipped open that issue of Vogue in 2009.  The esprit de youth mixed with beauty, $ and the brink of fame is a potent cocktail.  This is my mindseye reference to joie de vivre.

Olivia Thirlby & Zoe Kravitz

Olivia Thirlby & Zoe Kravitz

Labor Day 1970

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, Fashion, Vintage | Posted on 30-08-2012

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Not surprisingly, I have always wanted to live in a Slim Aarons photo.  Not surprisingly, because that was the point of Slim’s picture perfect documentation of the beautiful life.

This 1970 series of a pool party in Palm Springs is just the beautiful life I long to inhabit–with a name like Helen Dzo Dzo and an outfit to match, the world is your oyster.  Perhaps it was Labor Day…

Poolside Gossip:  A desert house in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar Kaufman. Lita Baron approaches Nelda Linsk, right, wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk who is talking to a friend, Helen Dzo Dzo.

Poolside Gossip: A house in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra for Edgar Kaufman. Lita Baron approaches Nelda Linsk, right, wife of art dealer Joseph Linsk who is talking to a friend, Helen Dzo Dzo.

Slim Aarons photo Palm Springs 1970

Slim Aarons photo Palm Springs 1970

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, Fashion, Vintage | Posted on 22-08-2012

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I came across a photo archive of Elizabeth Taylor recently.  While it began with recent years and looked backward, I prefer to focus on the beautiful shots of her in the 60s…this one, in particular.  Not the ingenue or widow or aging starlet, but a confident, worldly woman, for whom there were few things that a tan, a cigarette and a drink couldn’t fix.  Let’s just freeze frame and revel in the glamour…before it got so sad.

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Summer on Nantucket

Posted by admin | Posted in Culture, currentVintage, Events, Nantucket, travel | Posted on 28-06-2012

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Straight Wharf sunset, Nantucket

Straight Wharf sunset, Nantucket

Summertime on Nantucket…and the living is Busy.

There is an endless calendar of social events, a dizzying number of fine dining destinations–and countless tranquil locations to get away from it all when you need a break.

If you need to know what’s happening, check out Nantucket’s newest website, NantucketChronicle.com.  It is all things Nantucket–Dining, Real Estate, Arts, Wellness, Commerce…There are recipes, a community calendar, restaurant write-ups, photo contests, and so on.   It is becoming a terrific resource, as well as a whole lot of fun!  The recipe below can also be found on NantucketChronicle.com in the Dining section.

The Mahon About Town Social calendar is a comprehensive listing of Island happenings from films to fundraisers to music to tastings.  Reading through it, I am always struck by how many amazing cultural opportunities we have on any given day–even in the dead of winter!

But it’s summer now, so why not enjoy as much the island has to offer as you possibly can, beginning with this perennial favorite from Nantucket chef-author Sarah Leah Chase.  It is a savory mouthful of summer:)

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Nantucket double rainbow-- More Nantucket photos by http://womaninfield.tumblr.com/

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Mahon About Town

TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

“I was first introduced to this simple yet truly irresistible Italian appetizer not in Italy, but on Nantucket where my friend Elena Latici localized a recipe learned from relatives back in Italy by using vine-ripened tomatoes from Bartlett’s Farm and toasted Portuguese bread from the Nantucket Bake Shop. I’ve since had bruschetta many times in the course of travels through Tuscany and can testify this Nantucket version, made in season, is as good as it gets.’–Sarah Leah Chase
3 cups seeded and diced vine-ripened tomatoes

1 tablespoon minced garlic

5 tablespoons slivered fresh basil leaves

1⁄3 cup really good extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste

6 thick (half- to three-quarter-inch) slices Portuguese bread, either grilled or toasted

Combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let marinate at room temperature for 45 minutes.
Place the slices of grilled or toasted bread on six individual salad plates. Spoon the tomato mixture equally over the bread, letting all the wonderful juices soak in. Serve with a knife and fork as an appetizer or antipasto.
Serves 6.

Suggested Pairing:
Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Flowers and footprints on the beach

Flowers & footprints on the beach