Please note: This event, which was cancelled due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m.
If you think an oenophile is someone you wouldn’t want living in your neighborhood, you don’t know Ed Moulin. A Great Neck resident and second generation wine connoisseur, Moulin will present a program on wine, complete with tastings, at Temple Isaiah on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.
Moulin presentation will answer, “What makes a wine great—and how do all the rating systems stack up? Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Robert Parker—how helpful are they, really?”
Moulin grew up in New Orleans, a community of serious eaters and drinkers, where food preparation and wine pairing discussions were an everyday occurrence. His father went to work for the California Wine Advisory Board in 1958, covering the southern U.S. He promoted wine drinking particularly with meals. An accomplished chef, he often appeared on local television stations’ midday programs, cooking gourmet dishes that included wine in their recipes. He hosted wine tastings, organized wine fairs and testified in state legislative hearings on bills that dismantled the restrictive laws still in place at the local level years after the repeal of prohibition. “My dad really was a wine expert,” said Moulin, “and a pioneer in promoting wines made in the U.S. I learned a great deal from him.”
Moulin will be talking about the wines he’s purchased over the years to cellar, and drank when properly aged. He’ll discuss familiar varieties, like those produced in Bordeaux and Burgundy, together with some suggestions about other places in the world that are producing very good wines with these French varietals. Since so many of us eat out in Italian restaurants, he’ll also comment on the wines of Italy. He’ll discuss the changes in wine-making and the wine business, particularly in the U.S., during the past 50 years.
Moulin will also discuss everyday wines, the kind most of us want to drink tonight for dinner—something enjoyable that won’t break the bank. Some of these are from grapes and wine regions that are less well-known and, as a result, are often good bargains.
Temple Isaiah of Great Neck is located at 1 Chelsea Place. The community is invited to attend. The cost is $25, which includes all wine and cheese samples. Call the temple office at 516-487-5373 to reserve for this event.
—Submitted by Temple Isaiah of Great Neck