Posted: January 31, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
Over the holidays I had a chance to get cozy with my 2006 juice. Touring has kept me at a distance from it all this year. For 2004 and 2005, I was around enough to know the stuff inside and out. So on this last break, rather than turning my brain off to the sounds of 24 on a DVD box set while recovering from the road, I crawled around my barrels for a few days.
Posted: January 30, 2007 By Larry Stone
I am frequently asked how someone interested in wine can become a sommelier. Let’s assume you already have a job in a restaurant, and want to take more responsibility when it comes to wine. When I am asked what is the most important organ needed in becoming a wine expert, it is usually implied that it is either the sense of smell or the palate.
Posted: January 30, 2007 By James Suckling
I read David Myers’ blog on his wonderful experience at Pierre Gagnaire’s restaurant in Paris, and how the French chef is genius. And I agree with him wholeheartedly. The guy is genius. The problem is that his brilliance isn't always manifested on the plates that arrive at your table, especially in his other restaurants around the world.
Posted: January 30, 2007 By James Laube
Today I’m the guest speaker at the Napa Valley Vintners annual meeting in St Helena. This is an association of 280 vintners bound by a mission to make Napa the best winegrowing region it can be, and it's one of the most powerful and successful organizations of its kind.
Posted: January 30, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
I arrived in Beaune in time for lunch at the excellent bistro Le Gourmandin. I barely had time to drop my bags at my hotel in Nuits-St.-George before heading to my first appointment. I have already tasted nearly 100 wines from the 2005 vintage, so I will give you some of the highlights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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