Occasionally, people have accused me of being biased towards French cuisine. I don’t think I am—I love just about all cuisines. But I do admit, having being raised in pre-culinary aware England, that my awakening to serious food came through early trips to France.
This is a round about way of saying that it doesn’t take much to lure me to Le Crocodile, especially when the star of the show (aside from Michel Jacob’s food) just happens to be the charming Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle.
The well traveled president of Marnier-Lapostolle (and great granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier) slipped through Vancouver last week to present wines from the family’s various ventures. And while the emphasis was on the Chilean Cuvée Alexandre wines, there was no escaping Ms. Lapostolle’s obvious enthusiasm for recently introduced Kappa Pisco, or the latest incarnation of Grand Marnier liqueur—the less sugared, more nuanced, peach and raspberry kissed Signature Collection No. 2.
It’s been a while since I was at the Apalta winery but I have some indelible memories. It’s a truly remarkable, dramatic, modern design that enjoys spectacular views across the valley. The architecture is quite spectacular and the decor luxurious and elegant without being over the top.