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July 2013

Big Wines in the Mountains
The Little Nell revamps its Grand Award winner in Aspen
Posted: Jul 19, 2013 10:21am ET

Aspen, Colo., tucked high in the Rocky Mountains, may not be an ideal indicator of economic trends in America. But at the luxury hotel the Little Nell, the expensive wines have started to fly out of the cellar. It has sommelier Carlton McCoy shaking his head in wonder.

Bottles and magnums of first-growth Bordeaux and big-name Burgundy stud a 700-bottle glassed-in wine storage unit that holds a bottle or two of the most-ordered wines and some top-shelf labels. It runs the length of a cocktail bar at the entrance to Element 47, the awkwardly renamed restaurant that won a Wine Spectator Grand Award as Montagna, its previous incarnation.


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A Wine Writer Turns Vintner
Washington wine book author Paul Gregutt switches gears with Waitsburg Cellars, and his first vintage looks promising
Posted: Jul 10, 2013 5:03pm ET

Washington wine writer Paul Gregutt got himself into quite a kerfuffle earlier this year when he sprung Waitsburg Cellars onto the world.

The longtime resident of the Evergreen state is a veteran critic and author of Washington Wines and Wineries, the definitive book on Washington wine, whose wine reviews appeared on his own blog and in several print publications. He had never been a winemaker, but in 2011 partnered with Precept Wines, the state's third-largest wine company, to craft his own wines for the new label. Questions were raised. Could a wine critic also be a winemaker without raising conflict-of-interest issues? Could an untrained neophyte's wines be any good?

Well, I tasted them blind with their peers, as we always do around here, and I can say they are better than good.


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Behind the B.S. About Wine Tasting
How critics of the critics miss the point
Posted: Jul 3, 2013 3:12pm ET

The news media has jumped on a new study of judges at the California State Fair wine competition as evidence that all wine tasting is baloney. But the author of the study says that's not what he meant. Not by a mile.


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