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James Molesworth

December 2006

Mushrooms and Truffles, the Simple Way
Posted: Dec 29, 2006 10:44am ET
Needless to say, the holiday provides us with a convenient excuse to eat, drink and be merry. At my house, that means we make some of our favorite fall/winter dishes, one of which is a recipe we've "borrowed" from Jean-Louis and Erin Chave, and which I thought I'd share here.
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Another Year, Another 360 South African Wines
Posted: Dec 28, 2006 4:01pm ET
I've just finished off the last of my South African tastings for my upcoming report (scheduled for the April 30 issue). Running the numbers, it turns out I've reviewed over 360 South African wines since my last report—the most I've ever reviewed in a single year since I began covering the region six years ago.
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My Holiday Wishes...
Posted: Dec 21, 2006 9:39am ET
With the holidays here, I thought a few wishes were in order. I've been pretty good this year, so hopefully Santa is listening right now... I wish more restaurants offered free corkage once a week. If they would just pick their slowest night of the week, and then allow anyone to bring in a bottle for no charge, my guess is they would double the covers they usually get on that night.
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CdP, CdP and More CdP
Posted: Dec 19, 2006 10:35am ET
It's not easy trying to keep up with my colleague, James Suckling, and his adventures. OK, I admit it—it's impossible to keep up. But I feel like I should at least try. So, I had a little Châteauneuf-du-Pape at dinner last night, accompanied by Didier Virot's cooking at Aix in New York.
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How Wines Stay in My Cellar
Posted: Dec 15, 2006 10:36am ET
In the last month or so, I've sent a few cases of wine off to auction. If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever sell these off— Harlan , Kistler , Dalla Valle —I would've said "never," having collected them and drunk them over nearly a decade's worth of vintages.
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A Sit Down With Nicolás Catena
Posted: Dec 13, 2006 9:48am ET
I sat down with Nicolás Catena last week to talk about the latest things happening in Argentina and at his own Bodega Catena Zapata winery. Catena, the industry leader for Argentina, is professorial in demeanor (not surprising, since he is also an economics professor).
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The Real Monster Palate in My House
Posted: Dec 11, 2006 10:28am ET
I've created a monster. A monster palate, that is. The problem is, it's not mine—it's my wife's. When we first met, she was a wine lover—but not a discriminating one. Her wine fridge was full of mostly cookie-cutter California Chardonnay.
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Who Gets Your Vote for the Best-Priced Wine List?
Posted: Dec 7, 2006 2:32pm ET
While Marvin has challenged restaurants to lower their wine prices on his blog , I'm curious to find out who you think has already done it. The number of restaurants with really customer-friendly wine list prices is limited.
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A Sit Down With Aurelio Montes
Posted: Dec 5, 2006 9:34am ET
Yesterday, I sat down with Aurelio Montes , owner and winemaker of Chile's Viña Montes. I was tempted by the opportunity to taste a complete vertical of his top two wines— Folly , a 100 percent Syrah, and Alpha M , a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend.
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