Brunello di Montalcino producers were given a few extra weeks before their wines will be banned from the US market. On May 13, I reported in my blog post " Brunello's Mess Worsens " that producers had until June 9 to prove that what's on the label is consistent with what's in the bottle.
I am impressed. I have to say it. But I have tasted most of the top 2005 Barbarescos, and the wines are much better than I anticipated. I don’t see a lot of difference between 2004 and 2005. The two vintages produced aromatic and delicious Nebbiolos with lovely perfumes of ripe fruit and flowers and refined palates of strawberries, fine tannins and fresh acidity.
I was flying to Rome from London on British Airways on Friday and I read an interesting story on the art auction market in the current issue of the Economist – and it made me think about the wine auction market.
You are going to see a lot less Brunello di Montalcino in the United States very soon if Italian authorities and wine producers don’t get their act together. The Italian Embassy in Washington DC recently received notification from the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) warning that, beginning on June 9, imports of Brunello di Montalcino to the United States will be blocked unless producers can guarantee that their wines are pure Sangiovese, as required by Italian wine law.
When I taste young Bordeaux from top estates such as Château Latour , I often wonder which could be the next 1990 , 1982 or 1961. The later three vintages at Latour are some of the greatest red wines ever produced, and they certainly are reference points for the château itself.
For some Bordeaux châteaus, it truly has been a golden age in the new millennium. In particular, I am thinking of Château Latour , the famous first growth wine estate in Pauillac. The thought occurred to me a couple of nights ago during a Latour dinner at the Berkeley Hotel in London, which was organized by wine merchants Farr Vintners.
I went last night with some Armenian friends in London to Noura Belgravia, a Lebanese restaurant that is part of a small restaurant group with a number of outlets in the British capital as well as in Paris.
The Las Vegas Grand Tour was rockin' on Saturday night. The ballroom of the Venetian Hotel was packed, and everybody was having a lot of fun. As much as I love New York , Vegas really has the buzz when it comes to the Spec’s Grand Tour.
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