Posted: January 25, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
In Giza: Tummy full of butterflies. I had to pinch myself. Damn, I love my job. All the years of stinky butt/feet van tours, all the inedible food, all the sweaty gropers, the liars, lawyers, vampires, barnacles and mocking birds … All the bad weather, the delusional stalkers and the legions of voices in their heads, the underpaid and underqualified airport security staff waving wands across my bare feet looking for WMDs, the jet lag, the ambulance chasers and depositions, the neverending parade/revolving door of deaf-but-grinning record company execs … All the Spinal Tap moments that used to be funny until they happened to us, all the tantrums by/interactions with the socially and emotionally challenged, all the "Oh my god!" hotel bar and minibar bills … All of these things (and too many more to list) have been worth it since ALL of these experiences, added up, have brought me here.
Posted: January 25, 2007 By James Suckling
I had a fun dinner last night at the restaurant Campanile with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush. They are in Los Angeles finishing a new album that should be out very soon. Alex says it will be a new sound for Rush, “heavier and more powerful than before.
Posted: January 25, 2007 By James Molesworth
A number of Chilean wineries have been drawn to invest in Argentina, including Viña Montes ( Kaiken ), Concha y Toro ( TriVento ) and Viña Santa Rita ( Viña Dona Paula ). But up until now, no one has gone the other way, from Argentina to Chile.
Posted: January 25, 2007 By James Laube
It was sometime around 1990 when Jerry Seps approached me about how Wine Spectator might increase its coverage of Zinfandel. Seps is the owner-winemaker of Storybook Mountain in Napa Valley and a long-time champion of Zinfandel.
Posted: January 24, 2007 By David Myers
Paris is becoming a place where I feel more and more at home. Each time I arrive, I hit the ground running, and head straight to my friends' neighborhood, the 11th arrondissement, just off the Canal St.
Posted: January 24, 2007 By James Suckling
Only a few things are better than a great steak and a fabulous glass of red. I have been to many of the best restaurants in the world, but some of the most satisfying gastronomic experiences have been a simple grilled piece of meat and a glass of red.
Posted: January 24, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
Last fall when I reviewed Go Fish , the new Napa Valley seafood restaurant, it was a mixed bag. Ken Tominaga's sushi bar was turning out some splendid sashimi and sushi, but the western side of the kitchen seemed to be misfiring.
Posted: January 24, 2007 By James Laube
Call it naïveté, but when I started writing about wine in 1978, I had no idea that I'd also be totally immersed in the world of food. Wine was intimidating enough. Getting a handle on California wine seemed like a full plate at the time, and I took every opportunity to learn more about European wines.
Posted: January 23, 2007 By Larry Stone
The restaurant industry is filled with characters, running the gamut from noble to criminal. I have worked with nearly all of them. Usually, the noble and creatively eccentric geniuses in the business are the ones who succeed.
Posted: January 23, 2007 By James Suckling
Last weekend I was asked to retire with the men to partake in fine cigars and Vintage Port while the ladies chatted in the sitting room, and I was pinching myself a little bit. I couldn’t believe that my old high school buddy, Tom Unvert from Newport Harbor High School (I was known there as Jim Reordan), had finally conformed in Newport Beach to some of the civilized pleasures that I had learned while living in London.
Posted: January 23, 2007 By James Laube
On Sunday, I joined a group of Pinot Noir lovers in Danville, an East Bay suburb. They were gracious, congenial folks who either don't own TVs or don't have an obsessive interest in football. They were, to be sure, more concerned about the future of Pinot Noir than who will be tackling whom in Miami in two weeks.
Posted: January 22, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
And now for the shameless self-promotion portion of our program. As of Jan. 16, Eric Glomski (owner of Page Springs Cellars) and I (Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards) became the proud owners of the vineyard formerly known as Dos Cabezas (now to be called Arizona Vineyards) just south of Wilcox.
Posted: January 22, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
When I started planning this weekend , I went through my cellar and made a list of mature wines I have been saving for a special occasion. Then I contacted all the participants and asked what wines they would be willing to contribute to the proceedings.
Posted: January 22, 2007 By James Laube
I've had a few security breaches in the past with my personal cellar. Earlier this I year, I wrote about my then-teenage son and his buddies dipping into some of my rare, but mostly undrinkable, collectibles.
Posted: January 22, 2007 By James Suckling
James Laube shared some high-octane reds from his cellar over the weekend. And they were outstanding. They included 2004 Turley Petite Sirah Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard , 2004 Pride Syrah Sonoma County and 2002 Lewis Alec's Blend Napa Valley.
Posted: January 21, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
To celebrate a milestone birthday (OK, it's our 60th), my wife and I invited six friends who share our love of good food and wine to rent a big house with us in Napa Valley for four days. Many of them are serious cooks.
Posted: January 19, 2007 By James Laube
Given the choice, most wineries would prefer to keep their production figures top secret. But we always reveal how many cases were made of each wine that we review, because we know you're interested in these numbers, and we are too.
Posted: January 19, 2007 By James Suckling
I may have considered killing someone for a glass of good red last night, and James Laube would have been my accomplice. The two of us went up to St. Helena to celebrate the 60th birthday of none other than Mr.
Posted: January 19, 2007 By Larry Stone
Nearly all sommeliers are passionate about wine. They can even be militant about their own taste preferences, especially when they’re just starting out. Sometimes this can be misinterpreted as arrogance or high-pressure sales tactics.
Posted: January 19, 2007 By James Molesworth
We've all heard the news about how wine is growing in America. Stories about increased consumption, the new generation of wine drinkers, etc. But I'm always skeptical. That's because wine lovers are a vocal minority who tend to flock together, so all we see and hear is other wine lovers.
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