Being an American expat in Italy isn’t always romantic. Even after 17 years, there are certain times like Thanksgiving that can make you feel especially nostalgic.
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As an American living in France, I love mixing the traditions from home with those of my family and friends here. I’m hosting a Thanksgiving in Burgundy this month. The Franco-American holiday of Thanksgiving is a celebration for us of heritage, culture, family, friends and of course, that means food and wine.
“Why do bartenders and mixologists adore sherry? Because the category gives us so much creative freedom,” says Chantal Tseng, founder of Custom Cocktails for the End Times. “With Sherry’s complex aromatic profile, over 300 volatile aromatic compounds at any given sniff, one could just as easily add brilliant, savoury nuance to a stirred aperitif as incorporate rich chocolatey structure to a seven ingredient tropical rum combination. Sherry is simply the perfect host when mixing.”
What is a sommelier exactly? How has the pandemic disrupted the “Sommunity” and how will it recover? Hooper was the Wine Director for Faith and Flower in Los Angeles but lost his job because of the pandemic. He’s now writing for Wine & Spirits magazine, and this is his Op-Ed on how the pandemic is shaking up the somms’ restaurant world.