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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Pinot Blast From the Past

Posted: January 29, 2007  By James Laube

On Saturday, I met one of my wine-collector friends for lunch. Lately, we've been focusing on Pinot Noir when we get together, and despite our fascination with Pinot from anywhere, he delights in tasting older wines.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

An Argentinean Benchmark

Posted: January 29, 2007  By James Molesworth

Over the weekend, I opened a bottle of Achával-Ferrer 's 2002 Finca Altamira Malbec (among other things), and it gave me a chance to reflect a little bit. When the wine was first released, I rated it 94 points (Nov.

Blogs  :  David Myers

Paris, Part II

Posted: January 29, 2007  By David Myers

After a long day of riding around Paris , tasting the best oysters, bread, pastries, pâté and chocolates we could find, we warmed up back at my friends' apartment, then headed out to our dinner reservation at Pierre Gagnaire.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

LA's Hottest New Italian Restaurant

Posted: January 29, 2007  By James Suckling

It’s amazing how excited people get about pizza in Los Angeles. I went to Pizzeria Mozza over the weekend and the 60-seat restaurant was heaving with people. We could barely get into the door! In fact, it takes a month to reserve a table for dinner.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

In The Magic Kingdom Of Pinot Noir

Posted: January 29, 2007  By Bruce Sanderson

I’m in Burgundy. There was a big party in Nuits-St.-Georges this weekend, so I spent the night in Chablis, halfway from Paris to Beaune. I ate (and drank) well at La Feuillette 132 , a rustic bistro in the center of Chablis.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Mystery of Fake Bottles

Posted: January 26, 2007  By James Suckling

I have seen and had my share of fake wines. I was having dinner the other night with Geddy Lee of Rush and he reminded me of the time we opened a bottle of 1961 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle that was bogus.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Rosemount Is Back, Sort of

Posted: January 26, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Reviving Rosemount was at the top of the to-do list for Foster's when the big Australian beer and wine giant took over Southcorp in 2005. The brand had been slipping since its heyday as a privately-owned winery in the 1990s.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Kinder, Fleshier Zinfandel

Posted: January 26, 2007  By James Laube

Zinfandel has a lot going for it, but it also has its share of problems and missed opportunities. The wine is uniquely Californian. It grows well in many areas of the state, is capable of expressing terroir and is stylistically versatile.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

From Cairo, Egypt …

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Rock 'n' Roll, Burgundy and Barolo

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.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Heading Over the Andes—in the Other Direction

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Zapped by Zinfandel

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.

Blogs  :  David Myers

Paris, Part I

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Sizzle of a Great Steak

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Go Fish Gets in the Swim

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Wine's Easy Compared to Exotic Cuisine

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.

Blogs  :  Larry Stone's Blog

A Circle of Friends

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Gentlemen: Port and Cigars

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Sunday Filled With Pinot Noir

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.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

King of the High Desert

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.

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