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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Night On The Town

Posted: August 17, 2006  By James Laube

When good friends come to town, there’s usually lots of wine and, as goes wine, always surprises. Earlier this week, on a school night, I hooked up with two old friends -- Andy Katz and Greg Gorman -- both of whom are extraordinary photographers and wine lovers.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Laid-Back Sommelier, Hard-Working Chef in Aspen

Posted: August 15, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

We were dining at Montagna at the Little Nell, the A-list restaurant in the A-list hotel in Aspen, Colo. If you want to see celebrities and rich people, this is the place. It has a Wine Spectator Grand Award for its cellar and a new chef, Ryan Hardy, who came to the Nell from another enclave of the rich, Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

In Search Of Some Pinot Noirs

Posted: August 15, 2006  By James Laube

I need help. I’m working on a story about California Pinot Noir, and I’m looking for a few wines that are no longer for sale to fill in a few gaps in my research. The wineries are Kistler, Littorai and Rochioli, for the Reserve Pinots, and the vintages are 2001 to 2003 or 2004.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

When Good Is Really Good

Posted: August 15, 2006  By James Molesworth

I was in Massachusetts celebrating my sister’s wedding this past weekend. After the ceremony in the Harvard Memorial Church, we all headed up to Gloucester for the reception. During the party, I was (inevitably) asked about the wines being served – a crisp, tangy Fratelli Prà Soave Classico 2005 and a bright, refreshing Château d'Oupia Minervois Rosé 2005.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

As the Wine World Turns

Posted: August 14, 2006  By James Laube

When winemakers ask me what’s new I often reply, well, lots. New brands are popping up like mushrooms on an over-watered lawn. Then I cite this figure (which we checked in our database): In the past year--August 2005 to August 2006--we recorded 261 new brands just in California.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Back to Bordeaux 2005

Posted: August 14, 2006  By James Suckling

A wine merchant friend was staying with me for a few days, and I was curious to hear that he was receiving, via his Blackberry, offers for big bottles of rare and expensive 2005 Bordeaux like Pétrus and Le Pin….

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

More Than 15 Seconds Of Fame

Posted: August 11, 2006  By James Laube

A reporter from the New York Times called the other day to talk about ratings and reviews and the 100-point scale. (He said his story would run this Sunday.) How, he asked, does one determine the difference between a 92-point wine and a 91-point wine? Me: I liked one wine a little better than the other… Another thing he wanted to know, apparently courtesy of a comment from a producer, was how much time I spend analyzing a wine.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Good Life, Good Wine…in Tuscany

Posted: August 11, 2006  By James Suckling

I limped into the covered market in the Tuscan coastal town of Follonica this morning to buy some fresh fish with some friends. I say limped because I pulled my hamstring last night playing tennis on a clay court.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Looking at Bordeaux Prices - From the Personal and Business Side

Posted: August 11, 2006  By James Molesworth

Spoke to Didier Virot last night at Aix. In addition to being a really good chef, Virot is also an avid and knowledgeable wine collector. He's unhappy with the '05 Bordeaux pricing, as it seems most other folks here in the U.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Traveling With Wine Just Got Harder

Posted: August 10, 2006  By James Laube

It looks like airline travel just got a little more complicated after British authorities in London today thwarted a sophisticated plot to blow up several airplanes. As of now, it’s unclear what will happen to security measures in the future, though many airlines today were limiting what you can carry on, or perhaps more succinctly, eliminating any liquids or gels.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

The Difference Is the Soil

Posted: August 10, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

A lot of people translate terroir to mean "soil," especially those who first encountered the term in Burgundy. There, you can find many instances of vineyards growing side by side with the same altitude, the same aspect, the same inclination to the sun.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Spanish Treasure in Locals' Aspen

Posted: August 9, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

To most of the world, Aspen is a luxurious mountain town with a reputation for being a snobby collection of rich people. Take it from someone who has spent parts of 13 summers here, locals don't see it that way.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Living Thing ...

Posted: August 9, 2006  By James Suckling

Last Friday night, I had two wine merchant buddies over for dinner (one was Thomas because his Korean friends left). I grilled some chicken and served a green salad – no big deal. I pulled up a couple bottles of 1997 Barolo from my cellar.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Are Prices Set For A Correction?

Posted: August 8, 2006  By James Laube

Is this the beginning of the end? Or just a market correction blip? One of my major concerns about the 2003 vintage of California Cabernet has been pricing. I’ve tasted more than 250 of the wines now, and I think many of them would be a lot more appealing at discounted prices.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Fishy Wine Angle

Posted: August 7, 2006  By James Laube

Sometimes stories cross my desk that don't fall into my typical coverage, but are just too interesting to pass up. Take this one, for instance. What does it take to make a fine California wine? Grapes, water, sunshine, the skilled hand of a master vintner – and, now for the punch line – a few thousand dead fish.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Forgotten Vertical of Redigaffi

Posted: August 7, 2006  By James Suckling

This past weekend, I was thinking about the greatness of the 1997 Tua Rita Redigaffi, which I blogged about last week, and how wonderful the 2004 is. Apparently, the latter is being shipped to the United States later this year and will be on the market in 2007.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down With Francisco Baettig...

Posted: August 7, 2006  By James Molesworth

I sat down the other day with Francisco Baettig, head winemaker at Chile’s Viña Errázuriz winery, located in the Aconcagua Valley. Baettig, 36, took over the reins there in mid-2003, and the 2004 vintage is the first under his direct control.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Putting Flinty Sauvignons To Work

Posted: August 4, 2006  By James Laube

A couple of weeks ago, during one of those July heat blasts, I went to a poolside potluck and opted to shuck a few dozen Kumamoto oysters as my contribution to the day’s spread. I made a couple of simple vinaigrettes, with lemon, vinegar, horseradish and the like, and decided not to grill the oysters due to the heat.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

You Think It's Fun Being A Wine Critic?

Posted: August 4, 2006  By James Molesworth

Most days it is - other than being a touring golf pro, there's not much else I'd rather do in life. But some days it isn't. Like today. The heat has finally broken in New York, and my mind is on the weekend.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Tuscany's Marvelous Merlot

Posted: August 4, 2006  By James Suckling

I had dinner last night with Stefano Frascolla, who is the son-in-law of the owners of Tua Rita , the Tuscan cult wine producer in Suvereto, on the coast south of Bolgheri. Stefano oversees the estate, which is one of the best in Tuscany, if not Italy.

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