Posted: June 16, 2006 By James Suckling
All was quiet on the Western Front. (At least at 5 pm today in mainland Europe.) No more big names were released on the market from Bordeaux. Everyone is still waiting for the rest of the first growths – Latour, Margaux, Lafite and Mouton – to come out with their prices.
Posted: June 15, 2006 By James Laube
Readers often ask where they can find the best values. Beyond the obvious starting point, price, one area I suggest is to look for wines in the 88-point range. These are wines that we consider very good, or excellent, but shy of outstanding.
Posted: June 15, 2006 By James Suckling
Most people agree that two reasons exist to buy Bordeaux futures. The first reason is to save money. Basically, the future should cost less than when the wine is finally sold in bottle. The second reason is to secure early the specific wine that you want, which can be important for limited-production or super-popular wines.
Posted: June 15, 2006 By Bruce Sanderson
I’m back in New York now and a few days behind in my postings, but that’s what traveling does to one’s schedule. I arrived in Paris Tuesday and planned to meet some friends in the center of the city; however, the RER train from Charles de Gaulle to the city wasn’t running.
Posted: June 15, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
Barossa Shiraz. Does it mean "goo monster" to you? That's the caricature of Australia's signature red wine, or at least the wine type that many wine aficionados think of first when someone says "Aussie red.
Posted: June 14, 2006 By James Suckling
I wrote yesterday that wine merchants were sending in their bids to negociants in Bordeaux for the second release of Haut-Brion. But they are wasting their time, or playing games with you, me and everybody else interested in Bordeaux.
Posted: June 14, 2006 By James Suckling
One of the big problems with 2005 futures could be the following as pointed out in a comment in my blog by Karl Mark of Geneva, Illinois: "I seem to think that the US retailers will be the ones who take a hit on the 2005 Bordeaux.
Posted: June 13, 2006 By James Laube
Received a note from a reader recently, indicating that one of my favorite Pinot Noir producers was downsizing -- going to smaller bottles. What a relief. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to take a weight-lifting class just to hoist a bottle and pour.
Posted: June 13, 2006 By James Molesworth
Now it's my turn to sit in the hot seat on our "Ask the Editors" blog. My tasting beats are the Rhône and Loire valleys, along with Chile, Argentina and South Africa, so fire away—answers will start appearing on Wednesday.
Posted: June 13, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
James Molesworth pressed a hot button in his blog when he asked how his readers felt about screwcaps. The responses are running strongly in favor of screwcaps, but a few misapprehensions are also popping up.
Posted: June 13, 2006 By James Suckling
Just spoke to a couple of Bordeaux traders and they said that they were not sure how to price their 2005 Haut-Brion. Apparently the chateau only released a small quantity of the 2005 on the market yesterday, and the lion’s share is going to be sold in a new bid system, whereby merchants send their bids to negociants.
Posted: June 13, 2006 By Bruce Sanderson
Day 9, June 11: Sunday I had one appointment, but it encompassed two domaines and one négociant operation. Etienne de Montille runs both his family domaine, De Montille , and manages the Château de Puligny-Montrachet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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