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Blogs  :  Brian Loring: Ramblings from Pinot Prison

Curtain Call

Posted: January 2, 2007  By Brian Loring

My time as a guest blogger has sadly come to an end. The nice people at Wine Spectator allowed me to stay way longer than we’d initially discussed – and I’ve now officially run out of things to say.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

New Year’s Eve in the Desert

Posted: January 1, 2007  By James Suckling

HAPPY NEW YEAR. Where did 2006 go? I hope 2007 is a good year for everyone. I spent my New Year’s Eve at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Rancho Mirage and then at a movie with my 12-year-old son, Jack.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

Finally Seeing Florence

Posted: December 29, 2006  By Maynard James Keenan

It's rare that I actually have time while touring to take in the local architecture, cuisine, art, etc. Usually we wake up in a parking lot, navigate the clouds of cigarette smoke generated by the local crew who have yet to see Thank You for Smoking , do a sound check, maybe endure a phone interview, do a show for the kids, get back in the bus, and go to sleep in my coffin-shaped bunk only to wake up in another parking lot.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

Top 10 Tipples of 2006 (Part 2)

Posted: December 29, 2006  By Steven Page

Continuing my quick look back at the past year, here are the rest of my most memorable wine experiences , in no particular order: 6. La Paulée de Meursault: A friend is a member of the Toronto chapter of the Confrèrie des Chevaliers de Tastevin, a rather exclusive Burgundy-lovers’ group, which shares uncanny similarities with the arcane rituals of Fred Flintstone’s Water Buffalo Lodge.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

When So Few Make the Difference

Posted: December 29, 2006  By James Suckling

One of my big surprises this year was how a handful of wines can make a reputation for a vintage. What I am speaking about is 1996 in Bordeaux, and how the five first-growths made the reputation of what should have only been considered a very good year, certainly not an exceptional one.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Your New Year's Resolutions?

Posted: December 29, 2006  By James Laube

New Year's resolutions are easy to keep if you make them simple and doable. Years ago, I used to play a game with my mother on New Year's Eve and over the years my resolution—and hers—evolved into this, which I'd like to share.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Mushrooms and Truffles, the Simple Way

Posted: December 29, 2006  By James Molesworth

Needless to say, the holiday provides us with a convenient excuse to eat, drink and be merry. At my house, that means we make some of our favorite fall/winter dishes, one of which is a recipe we've "borrowed" from Jean-Louis and Erin Chave, and which I thought I'd share here.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

Top 10 Tipples of 2006 (Part 1)

Posted: December 28, 2006  By Steven Page

As the year comes to a close, I’m looking back on what a whirlwind it’s been; even in a slower year, I surprise myself with how many amazing experiences I am fortunate enough to have. 2006 saw the release of our latest album, Barenaked Ladies Are Me , and took us all over the United States.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Another Year, Another 360 South African Wines

Posted: December 28, 2006  By James Molesworth

I've just finished off the last of my South African tastings for my upcoming report (scheduled for the April 30 issue). Running the numbers, it turns out I've reviewed over 360 South African wines since my last report—the most I've ever reviewed in a single year since I began covering the region six years ago.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Why Some Wines Smell Like Bug Spray

Posted: December 28, 2006  By James Laube

I got one of those 9-1-1 wine emergency calls at about 4 p.m. on Christmas day, a few minutes before we started prepping for dinner. My friend had just opened a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir that he had purchased on a recent trip to Willamette Valley, and the wine smelled like bug spray.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Discovering the Obvious … to Many

Posted: December 27, 2006  By James Suckling

Everyone in the press seems to be writing his or her year-end recollections or discoveries. I just read the New York Times today and it was full of year-end discoveries in food and wine. Some of it seemed pretty obvious to me, but the NYT sometimes likes doing that sort of re-coining of the obvious.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

One-Hit Wine Wonders

Posted: December 26, 2006  By James Laube

Last week I read a story in the New York Times about 1960s rocker Norman Greenbaum. Some of you will recall he wrote the one-hit wonder, "Spirit In The Sky," in 1969, which by the way was a great vintage for Napa Cabernet and a washout in Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Missing Tokyo and Shafer

Posted: December 26, 2006  By James Suckling

Back to earth….from the gastronomic nirvana of Japan with some of the greatest wine collectors ever to home with my mother for Christmas dinner and non-vintage Bollinger and 2004 Seghesio Zinfandel Alexander Valley Home Ranch.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

Italian "Root Stock"

Posted: December 26, 2006  By Maynard James Keenan

Somewhere in northern Italy, not sure where exactly, is a very specific bed and breakfast. It's currently owned by a lawyer who purchased the parcel from the real-estate savvy niece of the late Mr. Marzo--father to Albert Marzo and great-grandfather to me.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

Best and Worst Wine Gifts

Posted: December 22, 2006  By Steven Page

At our house, as in many, it’s both Christmas and Hanukkah, which brings forward a plethora of gifts and many a head scratched over what to give each other over the course of nine days. I’m a pretty good target for wine gadget-of-the-moment, and have received (and given) many over the years.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Snappy New Slogan

Posted: December 22, 2006  By James Laube

On Wednesday, I had lunch with St. Supéry CEO Michaela Rodeno and her winemaker, Michael Beaulac. They poured a couple of new wines, the 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc and the 2003 Rutherford Cabernet, both of which were fruity, supple, balanced and complex.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Flying High for Christmas...

Posted: December 22, 2006  By James Suckling

It’s the first time I have had first-growth Bordeaux at 45,000 feet. And it’s very good … too good. This is crazy. I am pinching myself. I was going to fly on Cathay Pacific this morning to Tokyo to hang out with some friends for a few days in what must be the best food city in the world.

Blogs  :  Claudine Pépin

Farewell and Thanks

Posted: December 21, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

Well folks, this is it! I’d like to thank Wine Spectator for giving me this opportunity to write about food and wine (and for teaching me all about contractions). I’ve gotten so many things off my chest that I won’t need therapy for years! To all of you delightful and well-informed people that were kind enough to make comments on my posts—thank you.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

"Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?" (or "Pass the Port, please")

Posted: December 21, 2006  By Maynard James Keenan

Next stop Portugal. Our first order of business is to get willingly lost for hours by making random fearless turns throughout Lisbon's labyrinth of narrow streets. One of the details that stood out the first time we wandered around Lisbon was the hand-placed black-and-white cobblestone.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Do People Still Drink Brandy or Port?

Posted: December 21, 2006  By James Laube

Time was when winter arrived and the temperatures plunged, people pulled out their long underwear and stocking caps along with their brandies and Ports. The past few nights in Napa Valley have been frosty, icing the birdbaths and forcing the dog and cat to snuggle up tight in the fur-lined bed they share.

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