La Chiripada in Dixon has some lovely wines...not all of them, but a tiny little tasting room and a few good ones... Gruet is great, of course... Haven't been to the tasting room at Black Mesa (North of Espanola/Santa Fe) but had one of their wines at Il Piatto in Santa Fe and was very impressed...nice well balanced, full bodied red with good fruit. Casa Rodena does have a beautiful vineyard and tasting area, but I after a tasting I wouldn't pay for even a glass of one of their wines...each one was flat, lacking in body and character and flavor...blah.
I had the worst meal ever at American Sector last week...grits were watered down, buster po-bo was gritty and mushy and over-breaded, tomato soup watery....The "fried chicken" appetizer was actually overbreaded chicken wings... I sent back most of what I ordered. My entire party (3 of us) were thoroughly disappointed... I though Herbsaint last week was fabulous! Great pork belly and mussels, the boyfriend's fish (drum) was perfect. I am a fan of Cochon but would also recommend going around the corner to Butcher...house cured meats, small plates, great cheese plate and wonderful sandwiches...and killer house made pickles!!
----- Cochon 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Herbsaint 701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
When in Florence I fell in love with their hearty bread and vegetable soup, Ribollita, and don't often find it. With this chilly damp weather it would be the PERFECT time to consume some! Does anyone know of a restaurant that serves this soup?