Le coucou, Daniel Rose’s first New York restaurant, is the new definition of classic French  cuisine in New York city. The restaurant has very quickly established itself as the best and most  sought-after ‘table’ in NY. In fact, the accolade of ‘Best New Restaurant in America’ was  bestowed upon Rose and restaurateur Stephen Starr’s new baby by the James Beard Foundation this past Spring. Enter sommelier charles Puglia, a New York area born and raised local who most recently spent nearly five years at the helm of one of the greatest American institutions of fine-dining, Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Puglia readily admits that he came into the  restaurant business a little ahead of the ‘new generation’ of … Continue reading CHARLES PUGLIA – LE COUCOU, New York City

HIDÉ ISHIZUKA – Le Petit Verdot, Paris

NON-SOMMELIER The Japanese chefs who come to make their name in France may now be too many to count, but  a visit to Hidé Ishizuka’s restaurant remains essential. chef and sommelier, he partnered with  Thierry Marx before taking over Le Petit Verdot 12 years ago. This tiny restaurant in Rue du  cherche-Midi is as unpretentious as its owner, respecting French gastronomy with a wine list filled with wonders. First opened as Le Châtaignier in 1935, the restaurant gained two Michelin stars in 1958 and, in  1964, was described by Henri Gault and christian Millau as “One of the finest temples of French cuisine”. But then things went downhill, with several changes of ownership before 2005, when Hidé took over. After … Continue reading HIDÉ ISHIZUKA – Le Petit Verdot, Paris


THE 3RD DIMENSION SOMMELIER “A Pauillac with fish? Of course!” Devotees of fish and seafood couldn’t wait for this iconic restaurant in Paris’s Invalides quarter to reopen its doors. Founded in 1983 by chef Jacques le Divellec, then closed in 2013, it was brought back to life a year ago and in spectacular style, took just few months to win a star in the 2017 Michelin guide. The driving force behind the rebirth is chef Mathieu Pacaud, who in 2015 opened two restaurants under one Parisian roof, Hexagone and Histoires, boasting one and two stars respectively. Divellec also owes its rapid success to some thirty staff, among them head sommelier Frédéric Turpaud. “We’re proud of our star – it’s the … Continue reading FRÉDÉRIC TURPAUD – DIVELLEC, Paris


Café Stella on West Sunset Boulevard in the burgeoning neighborhood of Silver lake is a Los Angeles mainstay of French cuisine. classic bistro / brasserie, one can leave Café Stella after a meal of escargots, moules frites, and côte de boeuf fully believing that the next stop for the evening will be the Butte Montmartre. Owner and chef Gareth Kantner, who has been at the helm of “Stella” for over two decades, may be seen as the protector of all things “classique”, but don’t let well-curated appearances fool you. The list of wines at Café Stella is constructed  around the great wine regions of France, the de rigueur favorites of its Francophile audience of  artists, actors and well-healed regulars – … Continue reading JESS KIEFER – CAFÉ STELLA, Los Angeles


Jared Hooper would like you to share your wine… with other  tables. Faith and Flower’s opening sommelier is a gregarious, well-travelled, and wickedly fun character. Brooklynite by birth,  graduate of columbia university and the Hamptons, NY restaurant scene, Hooper has never been afraid to experiment. Out of school Jared was drawn to the beaches of the East End of long Island where he spent time as the gatekeeper for a private group of houses while working odd jobs on the side and working on the great American novel. A stint as a sculptor’s assistant for the owner of channing Daughters winery (Hooper holds a degree in writing and literature with some studies in sculpture for good measure) unexpectedly morphed into … Continue reading JARED HOOPER – FAITH & FLOWER, Los Angeles


October 2017 - News

With only 120 numbered copies worldwide, the DUCLOT BORDEAUX RE-COLLECTION 2007 Case has only just revealed its precious content… Nine bottles amongst the greatest Bordeaux wines are assembled for this exclusive reissue of the 2007 case, after resting peacefully 10 years in our cellars. Château Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, Chateau Cheval Blanc, Petrus and Château d’Yquem; another great Bordeaux wine – Château Lafleur – has joined for the first time this prestigious case. Today, these great 2007 red Bordeaux have a lot to offer to fine wine connoisseurs, with two unquestionable virtues of this vintage: harmony and delicacy. They are the result of the winegrowers’ high standards, coupled with the excellence … Continue reading The DUCLOT BORDEAUX RE-COLLECTION Case 2007