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2013 March 18
by Mike

I’d apologize for the light posting, but after a year of light posting, the three of you who are still following this site are surely accustomed to it. Anyway, it’s been a busy last month. I was in Tokyo for a week on a magazine assignment. Despite a crazy case of jet lag—I am not exaggerating when I say that I got 10 hours of sleep in total during the six nights I was there—it was a great trip. Tokyo is an amazing, amazing city, and I can’t wait to get back. The food was sensational. There was a lot of this:

That needs no explanation. And there were some unfamiliar things, too, like this:

That’s blowfish sperm sac. No, it didn’t kill me, but I did spend a few anxious minutes reflecting on my life after I ate it (I only learned what it was after I’d  swallowed). Maritime reproductive material was very much in season during my visit to Tokyo: In fact, I ate so much cod milt (it wasn’t by choice—it was one of those When in Rome things) that I started to fear I might return home pregnant with a cod. If you see me pushing a stroller with a fish tank in it, you’ll know.

After returning from Tokyo, I spent two days trying to catch up on sleep, and then I was off for the Paulée  de New York madness. The highlight for me was doing a Q&A with Aubert de Villaine as part of the Paulée program; he was amazing (no surprise), and the event went very well. I also got to drink some fabulous wines during the Paulée weekend (and not just Burgundies!). I will try to post some notes on what I drank later this week, along with notes for the 2010 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti wines.

Some good news: my Vanity Fair article about Rudy Kurniawan has been nominated for a James Beard Award. They announced the nominations this morning, and the winners will be announced at a dinner in New York in May.

Also—and apologies for the very short notice (not that you would expect otherwise from me)—I’m doing a Q&A on Wednesday night in New York with Jancis Robinson. Jancis has a new book called American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the United States, and we are going to be talking about the American wine scene. The event is taking place at the 92YTribeca at 5:30pm.  All 130 seats were sold as of this past weekend. However, because of the strong demand, the organizers are now making some additional seats available—and, yes, wine will be served! Click here for more information, and I hope to see a few of you on Wednesday.

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  1. February 14, 2014

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  2. Bruce Gutlove permalink
    March 25, 2013

    Silly me.
    Card-carrying AFWE Philistine that I am, I think I’ll take Mike’s recco.
    Something with a little gras, perhaps a Luneau-Papin?

    An acquired taste, to say the least. Here in Hokkaido, “tachi” (the regional name for cod milt) is very much a source of local pride, so it’s something I run into often enough. Have even learned to like it.
    By the way, they say that cod milt has strong aphrodisical qualities (“tachi” in Japanese means “to stand up”)… any truth to that, from your experience?

  3. Jack Bulkin permalink
    March 19, 2013

    Bruce I am truly shocked at your question of Mike. You must be joking. Why of course cod milt REQUIRES a 2007 CdP in magnum. I thought that everyone knew that.

  4. RobinC permalink
    March 19, 2013

    What a productive, glamorous life. You deserve every bit of it.

  5. Torres permalink
    March 19, 2013

    Definitely more than 3! I’m always happy to see a new Wine Diarist in my RSS reader, although I’m facing the same problem as Vinologue with the death of Google Reader =/

    Talking about books – any plans for a new one from you? I loved Au Revoir…

  6. March 19, 2013

    I second that there are indeed more than three of us, although with Google trashing Reader and we “geeks” who use it having to shift to other RSS feed systems, that number may dwindle…


  7. March 19, 2013

    There’s more than three of us! We might fill out a baseball roster, at least.
    Congrats on the Beard Award nomination — the Vanity Fair article was great work. I’m rooting for you.

    All the best,

    Nannette Eaton

  8. March 18, 2013

    Hi Bruce, I guess muscadet or chablis would be the obvious choices, but as I was eating the milt (and eating it again and again), I was thinking that maybe hard liquor, preferably in the form of multiple shots, would be the ideal pairing–something to help you forget what you are actually eating!

  9. Bruce Gutlove permalink
    March 18, 2013

    So, what’s your ideal wine pairing for cod milt?


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