Thursday, November 12, 2009


It reminded me of Wes Anderson's early films with his U of T roomate Owen Wilson, but Bottlenotes is quite different from Bottleshock but a good name all the same...there are a lot of wine sites out there but Bottlenotes seems well-organized with a good UI and actually some interesting information. Started by a Stanford MBA, the site is at once an informational database, social media platform/community for wine lovers, and an events website. The founders call it "Daily Candy meets US Weekly". There's even a profile from Ms. Goop herself, Gwyneth Paltrow. Here's her Q&A:

Q1: Where did you grow up?
A1: I was born in Los Angeles, California.
Q2: What was the first time you remember drinking wine?
A2: My father was a big wine collector and a wine lover. I remember having tiny sips of his red wine when I was little. I loved it even then. The romance of it all. Watching him decant, analyze the cork, the pleasure he derived from the whole thing.
Q3: Where do you drink wine mostly?
A3: In my garden in London on a summers eve and out on Long Island during Thanksgiving weekend.
Q4: What are your favorite types of wine? Varietals? Regions?
A4: My absolute favorite wines are Chateaux Figeac and Ausone. I also love California Pinot Noirs. And St. Emilions, of course
Q5: What are your favorite kinds of food?
A5: Rustic Italian food. Japanese.
Q6: What are your favorite restaurants?
A6: Mozza and the old katsu ya in LA. Babbo, Pearl Oyster Bar, Elios in NYC. Locanda Locatelli, The River Cafe, Chez Bruce and Chisou in London.
Q7: What is your favorite wine and food pairing?
A7: I like my home made duck ragu on fresh pasta with a lovely Burgundy
Q8: Do you cook? If so, what kind of food and for whom?
A8: I cook very frequently. I cook lots of fish, veggies and pasta. I cook for myself, I cook for friends. I absolutely love to cook.
Q9: If you were stranded on a desert island, what one type of food/wine would choose to have?
A9: Are we being practical here? I could live off of fresh coconuts, I drink coconut water everyday. I love the idea of the fresh fish out of the sea, and foraging for food. I would need to grow a little herb garden, though. I would need seeds and some manni Olive oil from Tuscany and a very cold Sancerre to go with the oysters I would learn to dive for.


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