Greetings! I know, it's been way too long since I've posted. It's been a very busy harvest season in the napa valley! Finally, we had some heat spikes late September, that led to a flurry of activity in the vineyards. While there has been some unevenness of ripening, the cooler summer and early rains should prove to be beneficial to producing grapes with nice acidity and lower sugar content. Yields in some areas maybe down a bit but, there should be greater focus on quality over quantity in the 2011 vintage. In my neighborhood the Los Carneros, we are just wrapping things up.
At Dean & Deluca in St. Helena, we have been quite busy feeding all of the local workers and visitors that pass through each day. Most notably, we have revamped the prepared foods counter offering more seasonal and local ingredients in our preparations. We hope you will come by and see what's new!
In the meantime, I have landed in Des Moines, IA enroute to visiting La Quercia prosciutto and salumi artisan producers. Along with our chef from our store in Soho, Aaron Albrecht, we will embark on a 3 day venture of making some custom Salumi&Charcuterie for Dean & Deluca! I will be posting more soon from our trip