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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Diving for Lunch

Posted: June 12, 2006  By James Laube

Made my first two dives into the frigid Pacific Ocean over the weekend in search of abalone. The two forays could hardly have been more different. On Saturday afternoon, when I arrived at my friend Greg’s place in Mendocino, off Salmon Creek, my enthusiasm got the better of me.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Cork vs. Screw Cap: A Culture Clash

Posted: June 12, 2006  By James Molesworth

Just spoke to the one of the co-owners of a major Chilean winery, who related this interesting tidbit of info. They were thinking of  moving to screwcap closure for some of their whites, and their Australian distributor said if they did, they would double their order.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Australian Wine Countdown

Posted: June 12, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Sometimes I get a little silly in the middle of a tasting, not from the alcohol (I don't know about you, but I'm spitting) but probably from trying to concentrate too hard. So I take the bag off a wine, and the label is "Five Geese.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Fat and Sassy Goose

Posted: June 12, 2006  By James Suckling

The American-owned first growth Haut-Brion opened the 2005 futures market today by more than doubling its price from the year before and selling its wine for 200 Euros to the Bordeaux trade. And apparently the world can’t get enough.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Another World

Posted: June 12, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 8, June 10: This day, I journeyed to another world, the Maconnais. I fell in love with the rolling hills, steep valleys and the imposing limestone outcroppings, the most famous of which is Le Solutré.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

TGIF

Posted: June 11, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 7, June 9: I went to Domaine Jean Grivot , which consists of 40 acres spread over 18 different vineyards. Though the estate is not organic, Etienne Grivot farms his land thoughtfully and prefers a combination of young, old and very old vines in each site.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Killing the Goose

Posted: June 10, 2006  By James Suckling

Do you know the story about the goose that laid the golden egg? Well, Bordeaux appears to be killing the goose through greed. The goose, of course, is the consumer, and I just don’t think that the market will bear horrendous price increases for 2005 futures.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Sunday Dinner After the Opera

Posted: June 9, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

A few months ago, Oregon winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry called with an idea that went right to my heart. A charity auction he was involved in wanted to offer a weekend in San Francisco that would include two performances at the San Francisco Opera and dinner at Jardinière.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Tour of the Côte de Beaune

Posted: June 9, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

This trip is my first impression of the 2005 red and white Burgundies. But it is an impression, and it’s important to remember that these are still unfinished wines. They have another 7 or 8 months to mature in barrel before being assembled for bottling.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

All Nuits, All Day

Posted: June 8, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 5, June 7: As it turned out, my 3 appointments are all in Nuits-St.-Georges. And, as in my previous visits, I tasted all the wines non-blind in the cellars. The Liger-Belair family began in the wine business in 1720, but it wasn’t until 2002 that a family member made wines from the vineyards.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Coming Soon—The Keller Burger?

Posted: June 8, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

When super chef Thomas Keller announced he was opening a casual family restaurant in July down the street from his much-venerated French Laundry in Napa Valley, he said it was only temporary, until he unveiled a more permanent restaurant next year.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with Viña Santa Ema and Kingston Family

Posted: June 8, 2006  By James Molesworth

Just a few days after Concha y Toro came in to show me their new small production Carmenère bottling , I met with Viña Santa Ema winemaker Andrés Sanhueza, and Kingston Family owners Courtney and Michael Kingston.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Crazy Prices in Bordeaux Hit a New High

Posted: June 8, 2006  By James Suckling

It had to happen. Château Malescot-St.-Exupéry, the Margaux wine estate, released its 2005 on the market today at more than double last year’s price. It went from about $18 a bottle from the chateau for the 2004 to about $38 for the 2005.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Ask the Editors

Posted: June 7, 2006  By James Laube

Starting today, for a 24-hour period ( this post is now closed to further questions ), I'll be taking my turn at "Ask the Editors." My tasting beat is California, but if you’ve got questions about other regions or about wine in general on which I can share my views, I’ll give it my best shot.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Chianti Who?

Posted: June 7, 2006  By James Suckling

I was tasting some 2003 Chianti Classicos today, and I started to think how confusing the appellation really is. You can’t tell what you have in the bottle, from a cheap red with little or no character to a superstar pure Sangiovese with the class and aging potential of any great Italian red.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Up and Down the Côte d'Or in a Day

Posted: June 7, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 4: June 6 There’s nothing like tasting 60 wines before lunch. When you visit chez Louis Jadot, that’s a fraction of the wines made. And if it were left to the energetic winemaker Jacques Lardière, you would not leave without tasting everything.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Hot New Mailing List

Posted: June 6, 2006  By James Laube

Here are an e-mail address and a fax number that Cabernet lovers should jot down: info@levymcclellan.com and (707) 963-1282. That's the way to get on the mailing list for the new Bob Levy-Martha McClellan Levy Cabernet Sauvignon.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Crudo, Crudo, Everywhere

Posted: June 6, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

The other day my friend Tom and I were talking about all the raw fish appetizers we've been seeing on menus lately. He mused, "What's the difference between crudo and sashimi?" I thought about it for a few seconds.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Three Domaines in the Côte de Nuits

Posted: June 6, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 3: June 5 Now, to the heart of the matter: Visiting and tasting at some of the top domaines and negoce in Burgundy. Cool weather prior to my trip delayed the malolactic fermentations ,and many of the 2005s are still undergoing malolactic fermentation.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Survivor, Napa-Style

Posted: June 5, 2006  By James Laube

Auction Napa Valley is less about wine these days than raising money for Napa area health services and other good causes. At that, it is a resounding success. The top bid -- $1.05 million for a luxury tour of France’s great wine estates – helped vintners raise $8.

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