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Fourways Restaurant, Bermuda

Fancy dining with top notch wines.

The baroness and I are dining at Fourways in Paget. History is in the walls. The original building dates back to 1727.

Executive Chef, Tommy Poh is considered to be one of the very best in Bermuda. And the wine list is the best in Bermuda, especially if you measure by the selection of high end wines. The representation of vintage Bordeaux, Italian, and California are exceptional. We opted for a half bottle chablis to go with grilled salmon for her and a seafood trio (scampi, scallops, crab cakes) for myself. Live piano serenaded us in the background. The next table was having a birthday celebration and two of them had the classic Chateaubriand. It looked very nice from my vantage point. We finished with their specialty soufflé. Perfect.

This restaurant does it all the traditional way, with quality in every aspect of the experience, from food to wine to attentive service. Next visit, I’d like to go back for their well known Sunday brunch!


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Tempest Bistro, St. George, Bermuda wows us with a top notch wine list & superb dining. Recommended!

The baroness and I are starting our Bermuda visit in St. George’s. There are a number of dining experiences we want to try. Tempest on Water Street is at the top of our list.

The venue has nice exposed brick inside. The overall visual impression is bright and cheerful. It’s right on the water, so the view out the windows is a bonus too. The hostess, servers, and proprietor Mark are all friendly and helpful. They are on to some cutting edge styles and techniques to their creative cuisine here. And the wine list has only the best wines from an affordable range. It’s a fun, upbeat wine list. She starts with Aix Rosé, Coteaux d’Aix En Provence and I go for the Duckhorn Decoy, Sauvignon Blanc. Both are stunners. 

Duckhorn pairs beautifully with the tiger shrimp and scallops;  the rosé goes nicely with the Rockfish. Both come with very tasty vegetables and mashed potatoes. Really tasty! This restaurant could be in Paris, the food is so good! Both wines are truly memorable. 

Wonderful location directly on St. George’s Harbour in this beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Update: Now that our visit to Bermuda is nearly over, I can compare with the rest. This turned out to be one of the best of our Bermuda visit. We loved this experience! 

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Wine pairings at The Briars Resort tonight. Fall discoveries…

The following pairings went over big tonight with 55 dinner guests





The Greek white by Boutari and the Viewpointe red blend were especially popular tonight! And the food tonight was exceptional.

….. Spencer's (Burlington) photo album of visit by The Wine Baron & Zoltan Szabo. From foie gras & stuffed zuccini flower to battered Lk Erie Perch...The Wine Baron

Posted in dining, French wine, Wine

Paris restaurant wows us. Outstanding French Cuisine.


Remember the name. There are great restaurants in Paris and not so great. Drouant is great! When in Paris, be sure to dine here

This historic Parisian restaurant was founded in 1880, and has been the recipient of the famous Goncourt and Renaudot prizes since 1914. Antoine Westermann became owner and chef in 2006.

The restaurant was just a one block walk from our hotel, the Hotel de Noailles at 9 Rue de la Michodière, 75002 Paris. It was all very proper. The Sommelier came first to take our wine order and make some pairing suggestions. We settled on Le Vendangeur Masqué Bourgogne (means masked picker) Chablis, see photo. A bit about the producer here, and  about the wine here:

Alice and Olivier de Moor make pure, natural wines from small plots in Chablis.

They have been tending their organic vines near their village of Courgis for over sixteen years. Corgis is northwest of Dijon. The area is cold, leading to low yields from the vines. Both Alice and Olivier share the winemaking.

All grapes are picked by hand. Only natural yeasts are used and the wines are matured in oak barrels that are generally one to four years old so that the oak does not dominate the delicate chardonnay flavours.

The waiter then came and took our food orders. We went for braised lamb in gravy with full garlic cloves and of course, French fries. The fries were the best I’ve ever had.

Other Typical Menu Items


Souper, dès 21h30…
Nos suggestions à déguster dans l’ordre

ou, le désordre…

Pâté en croûte de Drouant – 25 euros

Tartare de saumon à l’aneth – 17 euros

Minestrone de légumes au pistou – 18 euros

Salade d’endives & de pommes, Fourme d’Ambert – 17 euros


Suprême de pintade de Challans rôti,
fricassée de pomme de terre Grenaille
& de champignons – 23 euros

Tartare de boeuf,
frites maison & salade verte – 27 euros

Dos de cabillaud poêlé, jus au persil
& fricassée de légumes de saison – 29 euros


Millefeuille à la vanille Bourbon – 14 euros

Le Paris-Brest – 14 euros

Le Baba au Rhum de Drouant – 16 euros

Le Crumble aux pommes, glace à la vanille – 16 euros


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Fantastic wine & BBQ pairings @briarsresort last night. Good times on Lake Simcoe

Passing the mike to Proprietor Hugh Sibbald. I’d just described the latest wine and food pairing, and then Hugh told one of his many informative, historical, and humorous stories of the evening. We featured Viewpointe pinot grigio barrel fermented chardonnay, big bluff red wine blends, and auxerrois. The grilled salmon, halibut, Ontario lamb, and other fine foods were beautifully prepared by chefs Trevor and Matt. Good times! The next event will be Italian wines with beautifully prepared Italian cuisine and hosted by myself and Zoltan Szabo. Hope you can join us…
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