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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Great Wines With No New Barrels

Posted: April 23, 2007  By James Suckling

I was looking through one of my notebooks this morning for something. It was the same set of notes that I took during my trip to Bordeaux this spring to taste 2006 from barrel.  And I saw written down on one of the pages: "You don’t need new barrels to make great wine.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Last Bottle of a Great Wine

Posted: April 23, 2007  By James Molesworth

It was Saturday, and Nancy and I had spent the day cleaning out the vegetable garden from under a pile of dead leaves. We even took advantage of the early summer-like weather to sow a few rows of beets, beans and lettuce.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Understanding Australia: Cricket

Posted: April 22, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

On the theory that you can't understand a nation unless you understand the sports it plays, I have been watching the cricket matches on Australian television. They are on late at night because they are playing the World Cup matches in the Caribbean, which is on the other side of the world.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Pinot Grigio? Si, Grazie!

Posted: April 20, 2007  By James Suckling

I had a quick pasta carbonara with my children tonight, Jack and Isabel. They are over in Tuscany for spring break from England. And I popped the cork on a 2005 Schiopetto Collio Pinot Grigio to go with the pasta.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Bounty Hunter Offers its Line of Wines

Posted: April 20, 2007  By James Laube

When a wine marketer who is also a retailer turns winemaker, you hope he knows enough about what style of wine will sell and at what price points. Mark Pope of the Bounty Hunter, an online fine-wine purveyor and hip wine bar-bistro in downtown Napa, has released a new line of Napa Valley Cabernets and a Cabernet Franc under his label, Waypoint.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

2007 in the Barossa

Posted: April 19, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

The vines don't look so bad, considering that Australia is suffering its worst drought in memory. The grapes have been picked, for the most part. A warm autumn continues with temperatures in the 70s and 80s under clear skies.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Living the American Dream in Sonoma

Posted: April 19, 2007  By James Laube

Ulises Valdez has an infectious enthusiasm for winegrowing. “My heart is in the vines,” he says with a bright smile as his racy 2006 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc is poured, showing zesty citrus and lemon-lime flavors.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Year's Worth of Blogging

Posted: April 18, 2007  By James Molesworth

The 21st of April marks a hardly-momentous anniversary in the wine world—the one-year anniversary of my blog. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when Marvin asked his senior editors for blog volunteers.

Blogs  :  Jean-Guillaume Prats

Time to Set Prices for 2006

Posted: April 18, 2007  By Jean-Guillaume Prats

The ambiance is calming down in Bordeaux. After tasting at hundreds of châteaus, the wine trade has departed from Bordeaux and the producers are desperately waiting to find out where to go with the prices of their respective 2006s.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Two-Buck Makes Millions

Posted: April 18, 2007  By James Laube

Selling wine for $2 a bottle doesn’t seem like an easy way to make money and probably isn’t—until you look more closely at the numbers. Yesterday, as Fred Franzia toasted Two-Buck Chuck’s fifth birthday at his winery in Napa, he talked green, green and greener.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Luxury Timepieces and Luxury 1982 Claret

Posted: April 18, 2007  By James Suckling

I just received an e-mail from a London wine merchant, offering a nice selection of cases of trophy 1982 Bordeaux— Latour , $25,680; Mouton , $17,200; Lafite , $30,060; Margaux , $16,050; and Haut-Brion , $11,500.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Items From the Australian Wine Trail

Posted: April 18, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

In between tasting wines, some new, some old, most of them pretty darn good, I picked up these bits and pieces of interest to those of us who follow Australian wine. Brian Croser Goes for Pinot: Brian Croser has a 400-head sheep farm near Tunkalilla, way down the Fleurieu Peninsula on the ocean (below McLaren Vale) where he has planted a few acres of Pinot Noir because it reminds him of the Sonoma Coast.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Antinori's Long View Slowly Unfolding in California

Posted: April 17, 2007  By James Laube

Piero Antinori’s seemingly forgotten Napa Valley wine venture, Antica, is a work-in-progress that's slowly taking shape. This week he's in town to chart the next phase, and yesterday we discussed a wide range of subjects.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Whirlwind Wine Scene L.A. Style

Posted: April 16, 2007  By James Laube

Friday the 13th proved anything but unlucky for a wide-open wine weekend in windswept Los Angeles. The occasion: My good friend Greg Gorman closed one of his photo studios in Hollywood on Saturday night, with 600 of his closest friends, among them Raquel Welch, Ricki Lake, Macy Gray, Eva Mendes, Audrey Wells, Katherine Bigelow and Wolfgang Puck.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Another Twist (or Two) on Wine Closures

Posted: April 16, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

When it comes to stopping up a bottle of wine, the choices go well beyond corks vs. screw caps. Get ready for glass on glass. Maybe. Conventional wisdom, if there is such a thing with this debate, says that screw caps are fine on everyday wines and even white wines you might want to age.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Contrasts in Australia

Posted: April 13, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Anyone who thinks all Australian wines are alike should have been tasting with me the past couple of days. At three wineries within greater Adelaide, all of which have achieved outstanding ratings, you couldn't find three more different approaches.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Memories of Vintage Port

Posted: April 13, 2007  By James Suckling

Just had the last glass of a decanter of 1963 Cockburn. Yummy. After three days, it was still fresh and sweet with lovely cherry and crushed berry character. I think it was best, though, just after I decanted it and served it to Giacomo Neri of Casanova di Neri and Vicenzo Abbruzzese of Valdicava , the two 100-point Brunello makers.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Thinking Spring Through Food and Wine

Posted: April 13, 2007  By James Molesworth

It's getting pretty depressing around here. From the weather, that is. Cold, raw rainy yesterday. Cold and gray today. A respite tomorrow before another storm comes in and dumps cold rain on us Sunday and Monday.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Believing in 2006

Posted: April 12, 2007  By James Suckling

I just heard from a wine merchant friend that some people in the wine trade who deal in Bordeaux said that 2006 is much better than I have reported , and that a least 20 wines are even better than their 2005 counterparts.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Dipping Into Sydney's Dining Scene

Posted: April 12, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

The headline in the Sydney tabloid said that food costs were squeezing Australians' budgets. If my dining experiences the past two nights are any indication, I can see why. I stopped over en route to the wine regions around Adelaide, where I arrived this afternoon.

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