I am still getting offers from wine merchants around the world for high end Bordeaux, Burgundies and other rarities, and I have to say that I hardly look at them any more. It just doesn’t seem relevant at the moment to what’s going on outside, with the economy continuing to melt down.
Power to the people! Down with outrageously expensive fermented grape juice! Thousand-dollar bottles for a hundred, and hundred-dollar bottles for ten—that’s what we need. Wine pricing revolution! I have to admit that I sometimes feel like screaming this out the window, especially the way the economy is going.
I made dinner for some friends in Havana the other night. I am in the Cuban capital for a couple of weeks reporting for Wine Spectator 's sister publication, Cigar Aficionado. Check out my daily blog from the island at cigaraficionado.
You are going to like 2004 Brunello di Montalcino. Do you remember the great 1997 and 2001, as well as the super 1999 Brunellos? Well, 2004 is along those lines of quality, but it's a different style. The vintage produced more perfumed, more refined Brunellos than other recent top vintages.
I finally got around to reading some of the long postings in our WineSpectator.com Forums about the Union des Grands Crus tastings in the States for 2006 Bordeaux. And I had to wonder why some people even bothered going? Many spent most of the threads bitching about the organization of the tastings instead of discussing the wines.
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