Posted: April 9, 2007 By James Laube
The moms are huge, as long as 50 feet and as heavy as 40 tons, and their calves are sizeable, too. At birth, they generally weigh more than a ton and are around 15 feet long. Yet gray whales are amazingly graceful as they glide together through the water, in a seemingly choreographed synchronized swim.
Posted: April 9, 2007 By James Suckling
I tasted about 50 Right Bank wines from 2004 over Easter weekend. There are always more wines to taste, and I want to bring you the most up-to-date information I can on what’s out there in my designated areas for tasting.
Posted: April 5, 2007 By James Suckling
Just got back from hanging out at Laurent Ponsot 's cellar in Morey Saint Denis. Ponsot is a cool dude. He was getting ready to leave over the weekend for Santa Rosa, California, to begin an across-the-US road trip on a Harley with his wife.
Posted: April 4, 2007 By Jean-Guillaume Prats
It seems that the Bordelais enjoy complicating their lives. On Friday, the latest official classification of St.-Emilion was suspended by a Bordeaux court. As you may know, the St.-Emilion classification is revised every 10 years under the management of the INAO, which is the official governing body for the appellation system in France.
Posted: April 4, 2007 By James Suckling
I went to a lively birthday party last night at a small restaurant in the village of St. Julien-Beychevelle for LA wine merchant Steve Wallace. They had taken over the restaurant and it was full of wine producers, merchants and friends.
Posted: April 3, 2007 By James Suckling
Let’s not forget Sauternes. I tasted about two dozen samples of 2006 Sauternes and Barsacs at the offices of the well-respected négociant Joanne. The company had a half-dozen or so individual tasting rooms for customers from around the world which were extremely well-equipped with tasting glasses and samples.
Posted: April 2, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
Chateau Ste. Michelle thought it had corrected the winemaking errors that held down its 2001 and 2002 red wines , but it took another step backward with the 2004 high-end reds, being released now. The good news is that a preview tasting of the 2005s indicates that the winery will be back on track by the time those wines reach us next year.
Posted: April 2, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
Good news from over here at the cellar. We bottle on the 4th and 5th. All the glass arrived unharmed. Quite a long trip down from Canada. And luckily the driver was a good sport. We're still doing some work on the driveway here at Page Springs Cellars.
Posted: April 2, 2007 By James Suckling
Today I was walking along a small road in front of the vineyards of Lafleur in Pomerol, munching on a sandwich for lunch after tasting about 30 wines in various châteaus on the right bank, and I started to think about something Alexandre Thienpont said to me as I was tasting his 2006 Vieux-Château-Certan.
Posted: April 1, 2007 By James Suckling
It’s been a long week tasting in Bordeaux. The tannins of the 2006s are very strong. Most are slightly austere due to their being slightly unripe or overextracted. However, the best wines of the vintage have managed to maintain ripeness in their tannins, giving them a silky texture and light sweetness of fruit on the end.
Posted: March 31, 2007 By James Laube
As I prepare for a few days of R&R, I leave you with one thought that’s been on my mind for some time. It's also an issue that's been articulately discussed by Tom Selfridge, one of California's wine veterans.
Posted: March 30, 2007 By James Suckling
“The problem is that they believe that their 2006 is a great wine,” said one négociant, with a number of well-known wine estates under his control. The thought is sort of scary. I think a lot of producers have convinced themselves that they have made great wines in 2006.
Posted: March 30, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
The Internet has made it easy to get quick information that used to take days, even weeks, to acquire. With fast, always-on connections now the norm, it's the first source I check when I need to find something fast.
Posted: March 29, 2007 By Larry Stone
This is my farewell blog. I want to thank Wine Spectator for giving me a few pages to express myself on, but it is time to go. I have not really exhausted my subject, but other obligations call me. I have come to an even greater respect for writers and bloggers everywhere after attempting to keep up with the demands of writing a feature regularly for even a couple of months.
Posted: March 29, 2007 By Jean-Guillaume Prats
I would like to answer Daniel, Tom and others who have questioned me about the challenges encountered by Cos-d’Estournel with the 2006 vintage. The growing season was marked by unusual weather conditions in which the hand of man in the vineyards was more than ever fundamental.
Posted: March 29, 2007 By James Laube
A long, long, long time ago, when I had just started writing about wine, I typed (on a typewriter) a piece for a now-defunct magazine about the importance of getting on wineries’ mailing lists. In the article, I wrote that I enjoyed reading the newsletters.
Posted: March 29, 2007 By James Suckling
I keep hearing wine producers in Bordeaux using the word “great” or “classic” for 2006, and I just can’t understand it. Maybe one could say that his or her 2006 was a great wine or that it was classic in style.
Posted: March 28, 2007 By Steven Page
The Barenaked Ladies’ most recent tour is winding down. And so, I’m sad to say, is my time as a guest blogger on WineSpectator.com. After a few weeks in the U.K., we’ll be heading back home to Canada.
Posted: March 28, 2007 By James Laube
I first caught wind of Matt Kramer ’s new book on Italian wine last September when I was traveling through Tuscany. I was tasting as many wines as I comfortably could—and time and again wondering how to figure out all of their idiosyncrasies and nuances of the wines and regions and reading back labels that didn't tell you much.
Posted: March 28, 2007 By James Suckling
The beat goes on…. I went to about a dozen wineries yesterday, and blind-tasted a few dozen other wines as well at the Café Lavinal in Pauillac. And I found a number of excellent wines. One was absolutely sensational! I keep thinking to myself how Bordeaux must have the largest concentration of great winemakers in the world.
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