Roger Morris

Capital Eats

The center of the emerging mid-Atlantic cuisine, Washington, D.C., is now on the map as a true dining destination. Since the turn of the century, the nation’s capital has become known not only as a United Nations of menus but also for developing its own distinctive food style—dubbed mid-Atlantic cuisine—which was acknowledged by Michelin last […]

Rhône Redux

Château-Grillet is restored to its former glory thanks to its new owner and his team at Château Latour.   Winemaker Alessandro Noli and I chat at the shaded end of a narrow lane that leads to a farmhouse compound below a natural amphitheater of stacked terraces planted with rows of gnarled grapevines. As Noli turns […]

Spirits: Oh, Brother!

The return of the long-lost sibling is a dramatic device thoroughly exhausted by novelists from Dickens to Dumas; yet this well-worn formula provides a plot twist in the ongoing story of Black Bowmore that will excite the palates of discriminating whisky drinkers around the world. Four expressions of this rare, unusually dense and dark whisky […]

Travel: Colca and a Smile

Though unsure of my exact altitude, I am certain—based on my surroundings and shortness of breath—that I am nowhere near sea level. Of course, my gasping also might owe to the precipitous drop directly in front of me, a sheer cliff that plunges into one of Earth’s deepest valleys. Snowcapped volcanic mountains rise above me, […]

Spirits: Lowland High Point

Breaking the seal on a bottle of rare, extra-aged, single-malt whisky often summons the ghost of years past. Indeed, much of our pleasure in owning such a spirit derives from the recollections it awakens of the happenings in the world and our own lives in the year that it was made. In 1965, when the […]

Grape Escapes: Hotel Marqués de Riscal

Arriving at the new Hotel Marqués de Riscal, perched atop the Riojan winery’s cavernous aging cellars at the edge of the medieval village of Elciego, Spain, recalls the scene from Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind in which Richard Dreyfuss tentatively approaches a pulsating UFO on a remote mountaintop. Gleaming, fixed titanium ribbons […]