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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Day Ernest Gallo Interviewed Me

Posted: March 7, 2007  By James Laube

Ernest Gallo's death yesterday brought back lots of memories. Everyone who's been in the wine business for any length of time knows what a great contribution he made to wine, and one thought that made me smile was the first time I sat down with him and his brother for a formal interview in 1993.

Blogs  :  Eric Ripert

The Family Le Coze

Posted: March 7, 2007  By Eric Ripert

You could say that this blog entry started with a guilty conscience. Two weeks ago, my partner Maguy Le Coze and I were honored at a tribute dinner at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami. We got up on stage to say a few words of thanks to the crowd, and I thanked my wife and family and my team at Le Bernardin for helping to make everything possible.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Burgundy Bacchanal

Posted: March 6, 2007  By Bruce Sanderson

The biggest problem at La Paulée de New York is keeping up and keeping track of all the great Burgundies circulating. I wasn’t the only one at my end of the table taking notes; however, there was some question as to my stamina.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Heading Off on a Long Trip

Posted: March 6, 2007  By James Molesworth

Well, I’m off to South Africa. Marvin finally agreed to send me—probably because he got sick of me talking about it, and he just wanted me out of his hair for a few weeks! It’s been a while since a Wine Spectator editor made an official visit to the Cape—not since my colleague James Suckling was there shortly after apartheid ended in 1994.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Raising the Stakes in Santa Barbara

Posted: March 6, 2007  By James Laube

When you live in an intimate winegrowing area where everyone knows everyone else, own a high-profile wine shop and a prominent restaurant with an award-winning wine list, you might think that entering the winemaking business would be risky.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

High Flying Picnics

Posted: March 6, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

What's the best food and wine experience you have ever had on an airplane? Chances are it did not come out of a 747's galley. Airlines try hard to make the food good in first class, but the rest of the plane gets something that may be decent if seldom memorable.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

2002 Brunello, Choice and Wine Enjoyment

Posted: March 6, 2007  By James Suckling

A wine exporter left an angry comment at the end of  my previous blog  about the mediocre quality of 2002 Brunello. Some of what he said was so inflammatory that it had to be edited by my office in New York.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

Back at the Winery

Posted: March 6, 2007  By Maynard James Keenan

Now that I'm off for a bit, I'm able to participate in some of the fun activities here at the winery. We blind-tasted through all the '06 Syrahs--lots of chewy tannins this year. In the first flight, we tasted the free run and then in the second flight, we tasted the pressed wine.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Napa's Duckhorn: Ready to Sell?

Posted: March 5, 2007  By James Laube

Are the owners of Duckhorn Vineyards ready to cash out? Dan Duckhorn, CEO and board chairman of the Napa Valley Merlot and Cabernet specialist, says that’s one option the six-person board of directors will debate within the next few weeks.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

There are Many Ways to Witness Wines

Posted: March 2, 2007  By James Laube

As I finish my Santa Barbara tasting of barrel samples, my thoughts are drifting from Grenache and Syrah to an entirely different subject. I’m thinking about the Zodiac. This is not a new wine or an inflatable boat or even an attempt to link wine to astrological forecasts or biodynamic farming.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down With the Guilisasti Brothers

Posted: March 2, 2007  By James Molesworth

I sat down this week with José and Rafael Guilisasti of Viñedos Emiliana  in Chile. Emiliana is the organically run arm of Concha y Toro , best known for producing the $5 Walnut Crest line. The Guilisasti family owns a lot of vineyards—about 3,500 acres.

Blogs  :  Eric Ripert

Wine Pairings

Posted: March 1, 2007  By Eric Ripert

I have a confession to make: I drink red Bordeaux with everything. I am the nightmare of the sommeliers at Le Bernardin , and many times they are embarrassed for me. OK, I am exaggerating a little bit.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Outside Winemakers and Washington Terroir

Posted: March 1, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Terroir means something important in wine, but ask a dozen wine aficionados and you will almost certainly get 12 different interpretations. Everyone agrees that geography counts. Where the grapes grow affects the structure and the flavor of a wine, but things get really slippery when you try to pin down just exactly what that means to the finished wine.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Gearing Up for Santa Barbara Futures

Posted: March 1, 2007  By James Laube

Today and tomorrow, a delegation of Santa Barbara County wines arrives at Wine Spectator ’s Napa office for what has become an annual event. I will be doing a blind tasting of some of the wines being sold as futures through Wine Cask, a Santa Barbara retailer.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Skylark Wines: Right on the Money

Posted: February 28, 2007  By James Laube

This has unexpectedly become sommelier-turns-winemaker week. First, we learned master sommelier Kevin Vogt is donning a vintner’s hat , and now we have two more sommeliers unveiling a new winery and some delicious new releases.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

In Tears Over My Grange

Posted: February 28, 2007  By Maynard James Keenan

I'm finally back home for a moment, and finally over that pesky flu. For some very specific reasons, it's a flu that I will never forget. It followed me from Melbourne, Australia, all the way to Nagoya, Japan, with brief stops in Adelaide (about which I will go into great detail), Perth, Osaka, Tokyo and Kawasaki.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Shocking Quality of 2002 Brunello

Posted: February 28, 2007  By James Suckling

I just finished what has to be one of the worst tastings I have done for the magazine in a long time— 2002 Brunello di Montalcino. It was a shocker. Most of the wines were diluted and uninteresting. Even big names did poorly.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down With Chilean Winemaker Alejandro Hartwig

Posted: February 28, 2007  By James Molesworth

Yesterday, I caught up with Alejandro Hartwig, owner and winemaker of Chile’s Santa Laura winery in the Colchagua Valley, in my New York office. Hartwig is working his way back into the market after dealing with TBA contamination at his winery, which first showed up in his 2001 vintage.

Blogs  :  Eric Ripert

Any Reservations?

Posted: February 27, 2007  By Eric Ripert

In response to a recent comment on my previous blog , I'd like to share some thoughts on the issue of restaurant reservations. At my restaurant, the reservations department is the first point of contact with our clientele.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Kevin Vogt's New 'Mastery': Napa Cabernet

Posted: February 26, 2007  By James Laube

Well, "bleaders," one of our former bloggers, Kevin Vogt , has joined the ranks of the Napa Valley winemaking community. So the next time you run into him as he crisscrosses the country praising the pleasures of the fermented grape, you can personally extend your congratulations.

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