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Robert Parker Gala Dinner #2

Following the Robert Parker Gala Dinner #1, the same group of chefs prepared an even bigger Gala #2 the following evening at the Hotel Shilla to conclude my educational tastings in Seoul. Other than the Champagnes, we enjoyed a different assortment of wines that I had chosen. There were over 300 guests in attendance, and once again, the impeccable quality of service and the attention to detail was as meticulous as I have ever seen. Every wine and course was...

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Robert Parker Gala Dinner #1

For anyone visiting Korea, Hotel Shilla is a must stop, a remarkable venue sitting high on a bluff with views in all directions. All of the hotel’s restaurants, including the world-beating buffet breakfast, and their French, Japanese, and Chinese-themed restaurants (interestingly, there is no Korean venue), boast world-class service and quality. This meal, prepared in conjunction with the educational effort I was doing on behalf of the holders of Samsung’s credit card, was a collective effort of all the restaurant’s...

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The Great Wall of China, Black Tie Dinner

One of the great modern-day Cabernet Sauvignons is consistently Shafer’s Hillside Select, and the 2002, a vintage that produced many classic Cabernets, was sensational. Inky blue/purple-colored, it offered up notes of pain grillé, crème de cassis, licorice, and smoke. Full-bodied and beautifully pure with seamlessly integrated acidity, tannin, wood, and lofty alcohol, this superb Cabernet Sauvignon should drink graciously for another 15+ years. One of the French guests said to me that he had drunk several cases of 1989 Haut-Brion in Bordeaux, but had never had...

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Dinner with Daniel Boulud for The Wine Advocate Foundation September 2007

Two extraordinarily gracious donors spent more than $100,000 to have wines from my cellar served with a meal cooked by Daniel Boulud in their home. This was a memorable evening on so many different accounts, including the extraordinary generosity of the donors, and the exceptionally warm hospitality they extended to us. The meal prepared by Daniel Boulud and two of his apprentices was exquisite. The hors d’Oeuvre were terrific, including his famed crispy parmesan with herbed goat cheese, and the...

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The Park B. Smith 2003 Châteauneuf du Pape Invitational

Park B. Smith, the renowned wine collector and proprietor of Veritas (his real job is actually in textiles, where he is a highly respected magnate), has been a wine lover for over fifty years. During that time, he has been one of the few people to acquire and taste just about every great wine ever made. His remarkable wine cellar, which has been profiled in the New York Times, is a treasure-trove of the finest wines of Bordeaux, California, northern Italy,...

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Charity Dinner - 2007 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Chef: Daniel Boulud Special Guests: Elaine and Manfred Krankl, Sine Qua Non The venue for this dinner, hosted by two generous members of the Naples community to benefit local children’s charities, was a sensational 12,000 square foot penthouse overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The food and wine were as spectacular as the extraordinary views. We started with a terrific selection of hors d’oeuvre from Chef Daniel Boulud and his superb sous chef, Eddy Leroux. The summer roll of crab and...

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Private Dinner to Benefit the Grand Teton Music Festival

The food for this meal was prepared by the great French chef, Daniel Boulud, and was, of course, stunning. He deserves even more praise for accomplishing this in the kitchen of a private home. The tuna tartar was sensational, the porcini lobster civet with summer root vegetables rich, but light on its feet, the amazing Pennsylvania squab with figs was incredible, and Daniel's classic short ribs and roasted rib-eye took beef to a level of perfection that matched the wines....

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Dinner for The Wine Advocate Fund for Philanthropy Halcyon House

As one can see, the food from so many great chefs was outrageous, and everyone marveled at how they could do such precision service, perfectly prepared plates, and get everything out to 150 diners in such incredible condition. There were a lot of amazing dishes, but my favorites among the main dishes included Chef Frank Ruta's Navarin of Maine lobster, the filet of pigeonneau with foie gras from Chef Alain Dutournier (who flew in from his famed Paris restaurant, Carré...

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Dinner for The Wine Advocate Fund for Philanthropy at the residence of Ambassador Jean-David and Madame Marie-Cecile Levitte

The first night of two extraordinarily successful inaugural charity meals to benefit cancer research at the Dana Farber Institute in Boston and for the AppleTree Institute which supports disadvantaged children in the Washington, DC area. The net amount of money raised was $1,300,000 plus. The extraordinary meal began with Daniel Boulud's famous, knock-out hors d'Oeuvres of crispy parmesan baskets with herbed goat cheese and tarte flambée with onion and pancetta (prepared by his Chef at Bistro DB, Olivier Müller). They...

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