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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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Weekend in the Country, Part II

Posted: January 22, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

When I started planning this weekend , I went through my cellar and made a list of mature wines I have been saving for a special occasion. Then I contacted all the participants and asked what wines they would be willing to contribute to the proceedings.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Suspicious Security Breach in Napa

Posted: January 22, 2007  By James Laube

I've had a few security breaches in the past with my personal cellar. Earlier this I year, I wrote about my then-teenage son and his buddies dipping into some of my rare, but mostly undrinkable, collectibles.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

They Are What They Are

Posted: January 22, 2007  By James Suckling

James Laube shared some high-octane reds from his cellar over the weekend. And they were outstanding. They included 2004 Turley Petite Sirah Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard , 2004 Pride Syrah Sonoma County and 2002 Lewis Alec's Blend Napa Valley.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Weekend in the Country, Part I

Posted: January 21, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

To celebrate a milestone birthday (OK, it's our 60th), my wife and I invited six friends who share our love of good food and wine to rent a big house with us in Napa Valley for four days. Many of them are serious cooks.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

When Cutting Volume Makes Financial Sense

Posted: January 19, 2007  By James Laube

Given the choice, most wineries would prefer to keep their production figures top secret. But we always reveal how many cases were made of each wine that we review, because we know you're interested in these numbers, and we are too.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Wanted in the Napa Valley Hills: A Glass of Red

Posted: January 19, 2007  By James Suckling

I may have considered killing someone for a glass of good red last night, and James Laube would have been my accomplice. The two of us went up to St. Helena to celebrate the 60th birthday of none other than Mr.

Blogs  :  Larry Stone's Blog

A Life-Changing Châteauneuf

Posted: January 19, 2007  By Larry Stone

Nearly all sommeliers are passionate about wine. They can even be militant about their own taste preferences, especially when they’re just starting out. Sometimes this can be misinterpreted as arrogance or high-pressure sales tactics.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Perhaps Wine Really Has Hit the Mainstream

Posted: January 19, 2007  By James Molesworth

We've all heard the news about how wine is growing in America. Stories about increased consumption, the new generation of wine drinkers, etc. But I'm always skeptical. That's because wine lovers are a vocal minority who tend to flock together, so all we see and hear is other wine lovers.

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