Aside from a corkscrew, the two wine accoutrements I use almost as frequently are a decanter, for warming up and aerating chilled wines, and a funnel, which I use to return the wine to its vessel. Which started me thinking about the essential wine gadgets every wine lover must have, and thanks to my tasting staff, here’s a list of things we use regularly and think you’ll find handy too.
Depending on how you keep score, I either went four for seven or three for six or one for seven on Saturday’s editors’ blind tasting at the New York Wine Experience. I didn’t have any trouble picking out the wine I submitted to this triple-blind tasting.
I’m preparing for our senior editors’ blind tasting Saturday morning by doing nothing. That’s right, nothing. Each of us has been asked to choose a wine for this seminar, which is part of the New York Wine Experience.
How long before we see a Two-Buck Chuck Pinot Noir? Maybe sooner than you expect. And maybe the sooner the better. Two-Buck Chuck, formally known as Charles Shaw , is vintner Fred Franzia’s line of California varietal wines that sell for $2 a bottle in California and $3 elsewhere.
Before he bought Screaming Eagle (along with business partner Stanley Kroenke), which placed him at the apex of the Napa Valley wine world, Charles Banks staked a claim in Santa Barbara County. Planting what amounted to be an experimental vineyard there in 2000 was, he said, “a total crapshoot.
I had my second tasting of Tim Mondavi’s new wine Continuum last week and once again it impressed me for its elegance, finesse and complexity. Mondavi stopped by my office in Napa to taste the wine with me and talk about his new venture, and you can see him in my video clip.
One of these days someone is going to put together a tasting of all of Paloma’s wines and I hope they can find and include the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon. Until Saturday night, I’d only had this wine twice.
The first time I heard of, and then saw, the Cleavage Creek label , I suspected it was the mischievous work of the frat boys from Animal House, and I decided to ignore it. In the interim, the label changed hands and I’m happy to report that there’s more to the Cleavage Creek label than, well, you know.
When you taste a Grenache as delicious as the 2005 McPrice Myers, it’s easy to imagine this grape achieving great things in California and I’d put this vintner on the “worth watching” list. Myers’ passion is for Rhone-style reds and whites.
Friday’s steady rain made ducks, lawns and sturgeon fishermen happy, but not anxious North Coast vintners. The weekend weather turned appreciably warmer and allowed vineyard crews to swarm through the vines in what one vintner described as “panic picking” in Napa Valley.
Monday night’s Babbo Barolo Blowout seemed impossible to top … until Tuesday night rolled around and we reassembled for dinner. (My colleagues Harvey Steiman and James Suckling both wrote blogs on the subject of Monday's dinner.
No matter where you stand on the great debate over corks—love ’em, hate ’em, or still undecided— To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance and the Battle for the Wine Bottle (Scribner, 2007, $26), by George M.
I arrived in New York yesterday as afternoon turned to evening. It had been one of those long travel days. Up at 4 a.m., to Oakland International Airport for a 7:30 a.m. Jet Blue flight, then a 90-minute delay at the gate, with no air conditioning, which got old fast.
Movie and book reviewers have it easy. They sit in the theater, or turn the pages, and report on their reactions. There’s no question about methodology, and each reviewer has the same experience of the work of art they’re evaluating.
I first met Milt and Barbara Eisele in the early 1980s at a hospitality lunch they hosted at their home for one of the early Napa Valley Wine Auctions. The couple lived south of Calistoga, where they tended their namesake vineyard.
Brian’s string of questions from yesterday’s blog gives me a chance to expound on a couple of points. My preference for “younger, fruitier” wines is a generalization. I do enjoy wines that are delicate, subtle and elegant.
I visited with Barney Rhodes at his home in Rutherford on Friday. Barney will turn 87 this year and is in fair to good health. He’s an old friend and one of the great wine men of Napa Valley and beyond, a true connoisseur with an incredible cellar (actually two) who knows fine wine about as well as anyone.
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