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Blogs  :  Kevin Vogt: From the Floor

Nature vs. Nurture

Posted: December 1, 2006  By Kevin Vogt

I have this rather idyllic perception of how wines should be made. The K.I.S.S. method (Keep It Simple, Stupid) in life seems to be the better approach more times than not. I really appreciate the effort involved when I hear that a winemaker went out of his way to produce a wine with as little intervention as possible, although that may not always be practical.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Pinot Mystery Perhaps Solved

Posted: December 1, 2006  By James Laube

In my Dec. 15 column , I wrote about my experiences with Beaulieu Vineyard's 1946 and 1947 Pinot Noirs. Those incredible wines were an early inspiration to anyone who tasted them, and they were the best vintages ever made by the late André Tchelistcheff (pronounced Chell-a-cheff ).

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

2004 Barolos and Barbarescos Have Spoken

Posted: December 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I had dinner last night  in the Piedmont village of Treviso, at the restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento , with about two dozen producers of the best Barbarescos and Barolos. They were all there, from Bruno Rocca to Domenico Clerico to Enrica Scavino.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Domaine de Mourchon: Big Wines From a Small Place

Posted: November 30, 2006  By James Molesworth

Outside of the glamour appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, there are numerous domaines in the southern Rhône that produce wine in relative obscurity. Many of these lie in the broad Côtes du Rhône and slightly more specific Côtes du Rhône-Villages appellations.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Good Reason to Be Crabby

Posted: November 30, 2006  By James Laube

It’s Dungeness crab season in the San Francisco Bay area and points north. It’s an annual, seasonal treat for those of us who live here, since it’s easy to obtain these fresh, live crustaceans and cook them at home.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Star Chef to Leave Fifth Floor

Posted: November 30, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

When young chefs have made a splash cooking in someone else's restaurant, having their own place can look so tempting. Especially when friends with money are urging them to take the plunge. Melissa Perello is not so sure, but she's taking some time off to think it over.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Hanging with Barolista Legends

Posted: November 30, 2006  By James Suckling

I spent some time yesterday with two legends of Barolo – Bruno Giacosa and Aldo Conterno. I visited both of their wineries and tasted some of their 2004 Baroli. I have to say that I was surprised by how good their 2004s are! There has been very little talk about 2004 in general, but the wines I tasted in their cellars were dark-colored, extremely aromatic and rich in fruit and tannins.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

New Napa Winery Has All-Star Cast

Posted: November 29, 2006  By James Laube

Ovid (pronounced Ah-vid ) is a spectacular new winery in Napa Valley's Pritchard Hill area, on a steep winding road that I’ve come to refer to as the Rodeo Drive of Napa. This area, in the eastern hills overlooking Oakville, is home to several showcase estates, including Bryant Family, Chappellet, David Arthur, Colgin, Versant and, further up the road, Cloud View, yet another start-up.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Chefs Feel the Pressure

Posted: November 29, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Do people expect more from restaurants? Several leading San Francisco chefs said so. They were speaking in a roundtable discussion this week to flog a new Web site featuring their opinions about dining in the Bay area.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

A Grand Slam at Alinea

Posted: November 29, 2006  By Steven Page

My God, Chicago, how do you do it? So many fantastic restaurants, how do you get to them all? It’s not like my gall bladder could handle Charlie Trotter’s one night, and Alinea the next. I think the only solution would be to move to the Windy City, or at least make monthly visits just to sample the amazing, cutting-edge cuisine.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

The Best-Laid Plans

Posted: November 29, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

My plan was to work my way through some great beef and Malbec in Buenos Aires. I even had a cheat sheet of all the t op-scoring Malbecs we published in 2006. It began accordingly, with two steaks and two Malbecs within 24 hours.

Blogs  :  Claudine Pépin

On Dining Out (Part 3)

Posted: November 29, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

I‘m still thinking about going out for dinner, and the things that can challenge and unnerve a person. Last time I wrote about waiters and specials. This time, I’d like to talk about wine and tipping.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Quince to Upgrade Its Cellar

Posted: November 28, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

What goes with plin ? That will be one of Christie Dufault's key assignments now that she has taken the reins as sommelier at Quince. Plin are tiny ravioli, one of the culinary stars on Piedmont, where they drink Barbera or Dolcetto.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

When Will the Wine Glut Disappear?

Posted: November 28, 2006  By James Laube

Yesterday a reporter for U.S. News & World Report called to discuss the global wine glut. It was the kind of interview where you can spend hours answering a seemingly endless stream of questions. Reporters are like that.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

1997 Italian Dinner Following the Battle of the Cults

Posted: November 28, 2006  By James Suckling

Following the awesome cult wine tasting last Saturday, the group of tasters met up a few hours later at Cibreo for a fantastic dinner. I supplied most of the wines, which were all 1997s in magnum. The Fonterutoli Siepi was there as I mentioned yesterday, but I also brought Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco , Tenimenti Luigi d’Alessandro Syrah Podere il Bosco, Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino Riserva and Tenuta di Trinoro Palazzi.

Blogs  :  Brian Loring: Ramblings from Pinot Prison

She Said YES!

Posted: November 27, 2006  By Brian Loring

There are some striking differences between my current life as a winery owner and my previous life as a writer of military software. Aside from the obvious (better beverage selection), there’s a connection with the “end user” that was missing in my previous career.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Writing Laws for What We Eat

Posted: November 27, 2006  By James Molesworth

If I wanted a politician to legislate what I eat, I wouldn't live in the United States. The suddenly trendy concept of banning foie gras seems to be gaining steam—now a New York City councilman is considering introducing a bill to ban the delicacy.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Florence Tasting: Cults Versus Cults or California Versus Tuscany

Posted: November 27, 2006  By James Suckling

It was an amazing tasting to say the least. I was invited to a tasting last weekend of California cult wines versus Tuscan cult wines at Cibreo restaurant in Florence, Italy. The American wines came from the cellar of Swiss collector Silvio Denz, who also owns Bordeaux’s Château Faugères in St.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Argentina’s Wine Boom

Posted: November 25, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

My first visit to Argentina was in 1997. I spent 4 days in the Mendoza area, visiting wineries and tasting. My impression then was that this country was a sleeping giant with great potential. The established wineries were expanding, yet Mendoza and the country as a whole lacked basic infrastructure.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Chances to Taste Older Wines

Posted: November 24, 2006  By James Laube

Since I get many queries about tasting older wines, a couple of items that were brought to my attention this week are worth mentioning and passing along. Beaulieu Vineyard is hosting a tasting of its library wines on Dec.

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