While I spent a few days in Alto Adige tasting through a hundred or so whites, mostly 2006s from most of the top cooperatives in the region, I began thinking about how cooler regions may soon become warm regions, suitable for all sorts of different grape types and wine.
Just got back from the vineyards of Franz Pratzner in Naturns, in Alto Adige. His 12 acres of vineyards are steep slopes overlooking the Venosta Valley at about 2,000 feet above sea level. It reminds me of some of the steep vineyards in Germany’s Rhiengau and Mosel.
Boats and Champagne: It’s a nice combination in the summer. I was hanging out with some friends last weekend on their Leopard Sport 18 on the Tuscan coast and the ice-cold Champagne was going down just right.
I tasted about two dozen Vin Santos today in my office in a blind tasting, and I was wondering, how many of you out there drink these unique wines from Tuscany? I occasionally pull a cork on a bottle for dessert during a dinner party with friends, but I must say that I am not a big drinker of them.
I had lunch with a friend in Tuscany last week who is also a big-time wine trader in blue chip Bordeaux, and he brought a magnum of 1976 Cheval Blanc to lunch. We had this after a couple of gorgeous bottles of 1996 Barolos including a Roberto Voerzio Brunate and Pio Cesare Ornato with about a dozen or so people including a couple of wine producers.
I had some friends over for dinner the other night, about 16 in all! And I decided to serve only magnums from my cellar. Most were 1997 Super Tuscans, including Castello dei Rampolla Toscana Sammarco , Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto , and Fonterutoli Siepi.
Announcing that France's 2007 harvest is ruined seems a little exaggerated – at least for Bordeaux. But news reports, particularly in the British press, have been saying that the consistent rains and cold weather this summer have almost completely destroyed the young crop.
This thought-provoking comment was posted in response to yesterday's blog. "User Name: Peter Chang, Hong Kong Posted: 12:12 PM ET, July 11, 2007 It's funny to continue to see the animosity towards the French for raising prices on a less-than-stellar vintage, especially from the Americans.
In between tasting hundreds of Tuscan wines for the magazine over the last couple of weeks, I have been hearing some interesting things about 2006 Bordeaux futures. The US distributors I have spoken to say that they haven't sold a thing, and that consumers are totally uninterested.
I just heard that the 2006 Cheval-Blanc came out today in Bordeaux. It's very expensive—perhaps as much as $700 a bottle as a future. Yikes. I am not sure what to say about that. It made me think of another St.
I finished off the evening yesterday with a few glasses of Graham 10-year-old tawny Port and a cigar—Ramon Allones Specially Selected. I was looking out at the stars, having a conversation with one of my best friends, and thinking what a great deal this Port is.
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