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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Dinky Pinot Discovery

Posted: October 31, 2006  By James Laube

What to do with a wine with only 99 cases? Well, this one I’m recommending. It’s the 2004 Native 9 Santa Maria Valley Rancho Ontiveros Vineyards Pinot Noir, and it’s a smooth, rich, supple charmer with sassafras and black cherry fruit that retails for $48.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Arriving in the Rhône

Posted: October 31, 2006  By James Molesworth

Well, I finally made it. After nearly 24 hours of transit, thanks to a flight that took off nearly three hours late, which led to a missed train connection and an extra four-hour layover in the Charles de Gaulle TGV station.

Blogs  :  Brian Loring: Ramblings from Pinot Prison

Creating Single-Vineyard Wines

Posted: October 31, 2006  By Brian Loring

After our post- Wine Experience discussion of optimal berry size during a cab ride ( discussed in my last blog post ), my fellow Pinot producer Adam Lee was primed for more discussions once we arrived at the Bubble Lounge and met wine directors David Mokha and Kevin Vogt.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Thoughts on the Sale of Pichon Lalande

Posted: October 31, 2006  By James Suckling

I don’t like to bother people on their holiday, but I had to know what was going on with Château Pichon Longueville Lalande , following the various reports on a deal involving the property and the owners of Louis Roederer.

Blogs  :  Kevin Vogt: From the Floor

Wine … In … Space

Posted: October 30, 2006  By Kevin Vogt

Wine would taste different in space, wouldn’t it? I started pondering this question when my boss, chef Emeril Lagasse, joined the team at NASA to be the first celebrity chef to produce a gourmet meal for astronauts in space.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Go Fish Hooks a New Chef After Only Six Weeks

Posted: October 30, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Go Fish, the Napa Valley seafood restaurant that opened only last month, picked up an ace when it hired chef Victor Scargle to take over the kitchen. The chef since 2003 at Julia's Kitchen , the restaurant at Copia in Napa, Scargle starts the week after Thanksgiving.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Road Warrior’s View of the Tuscan Harvest in 2006

Posted: October 30, 2006  By James Suckling

I spoke to Stefano Chioccioli over the weekend at home in Tuscany on the telephone. Stefano said he was exhausted from this year’s harvest in Italy. It was one of the longest in memory, lasting almost two months.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Savoring the Colors of Fall

Posted: October 30, 2006  By James Laube

On Sunday, I rode my bike from my home in Napa to Yountville, which is about 10 miles north of Napa. It’s the tail end of harvest 2006 in Napa Valley and most parts of California, and the weather yesterday was perfect.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Off to the Rhône. Again...

Posted: October 30, 2006  By James Molesworth

Well, I’m off to the Rhône again. This will be my fifth trip to the region since November 2004. It’s been a whirlwind since I started covering the Rhône, getting caught up with producers and vintages, all while the amount of new information and wines continues to grow.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

The "Rider" Insider: What About the Wine?

Posted: October 27, 2006  By Steven Page

My bandmates and I have just started our current American tour, our first in nearly a year, and we’re all just getting used to the whole rigmarole again: sleeping in tiny, dark bunks while careening down the highway; eating meals backstage with our palates and digestive systems at the mercy of often uncaring caterers; figuring out where to hang our wet show clothes, and trying to find a flat surface on which to balance our laptops for music, e-mails and blogging.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Frost Hits Australia

Posted: October 27, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

That wine surplus that had everyone in Australia in a dither? Mother Nature has delivered an answer. A series of severe spring frosts hit several key regions in South Australia and Victoria in the past week.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Mystery Solved

Posted: October 27, 2006  By James Laube

I wondered about it. James Suckling blogged about it , too. And several people who tried the Screaming Eagle Cabernet -- including new owner Charles Banks and his winemaker, Andy Erickson -- at Friday’s Wine Experience seminar had the same impression: The wine didn’t have the richness and opulence it typically shows.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Screw Cap Brunellos and Barolos?

Posted: October 27, 2006  By James Suckling

The British wine market loves screw caps. This is mostly due to the dominance of supermarket chains such as Tesco and Sainsbury, which sell masses of wine with screw caps. Most of their wine is around $5 or $6 a bottle and is consumed immediately.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Why So Few Really Good White Wines in Oregon?

Posted: October 26, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Oregon has a deservedly solid reputation for Pinot Noir. It even does pretty well with Syrah in the southern and northeastern corners. But white wines? The scene gets iffier. Every year I plow through hundreds of Oregon wines, unearthing one red gem after another.

Blogs  :  Brian Loring: Ramblings from Pinot Prison

Debating the Best Berry Size (or Adding Water Redux)

Posted: October 26, 2006  By Brian Loring

After Thursday night’s Grand Tasting at the Wine Experience , I went out for some bubbly with another Pinot producer, Adam Lee from Siduri. We grabbed a cab and headed over to the Bubble Lounge to meet David Mokha and my fellow blogger Kevin Vogt , who head up the wine programs at Emeril’s Miami Beach and Delmonico Steakhouse in Las Vegas, respectively.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Tricks of the Trade

Posted: October 26, 2006  By James Molesworth

When I asked what was the longest you’d ever gone without buying some wine, I got some really hilarious answers. My colleague James Suckling mentioned he used to have his wine delivered when his wife was out, so he could sneak it into the house.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Rethinking and Freethinking California Blends

Posted: October 26, 2006  By James Suckling

I was thinking again today about the Grand Tasting during the California Wine Experience last week, and how some of the most interesting wines I tasted were Rhone blends, in particular the 2005 M5 from the Margerum Wine Company and the 2004 Esprit de Beaucastel from Tablas Creek Vineyard.

Blogs  :  Kevin Vogt: From the Floor

To Be, or Not to Be (Decanted)? That is the Question

Posted: October 26, 2006  By Kevin Vogt

“Does that bottle need to be decanted?” This is one of the more frequent questions I get asked while at work. It seems as though everybody has a different criteria for when to decant a wine. Through experience, I’ve learned that there are basically three reasons to decant: If a wine has so much sediment in it that it would hamper your enjoyment of it; if it is so young and tight that it demands additional air to force it to open up; and, simply, if the customer requests it.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Proud Father, Excellent 1996 Barbarescos

Posted: October 25, 2006  By James Suckling

I was tasting a couple dozen 1996 Barbarescos for a coming story on the 10-year anniversary of the vintage for the magazine, and I decided to bring a half-full bottle of the 1996 Gaja Barbaresco to lunch at the restaurant below my house at Il Borro.

Blogs  :  Marvin R. Shanken's Blog

Dining: Beware of the Person on Your Left!

Posted: October 25, 2006  By Marvin R. Shanken

The other day my wife, Hazel, and I went to the new restaurant at the Four Seasons hotel in New York, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. We were looking forward to a delicious meal, having enjoyed his brilliant culinary efforts in Paris years ago and at his new restaurant at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last year.

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