Posted: December 14, 2006 By James Laube
I've long been a fan of Hanzell. What's not to like? This Sonoma Valley winery has a rich history filled with many brilliant wines, thanks in large part to winemaker Bob Sessions , who's now retired. On several occasions, Sessions and I tasted complete verticals of the winery's Chardonnay and its Pinot Noir, and for the most part, all of the wines dating to the 1960s aged extremely well.
Posted: December 14, 2006 By James Suckling
What is it about drinking great Burgundy? When it is right, it is so right. It takes your breath away. It’s sensual pleasure in a bottle. OK. I will say it. It’s almost like great sex. I had a 100-point red Burgundy last night with Henry Tang and a dozen or so others here in Hong Kong during dinner.
Posted: December 13, 2006 By James Laube
Fans of Shafer Vineyards Cabernet should be excited about a new wine that takes this venerable winery back to its Cabernet roots. Early next year, Shafer will release a new Cabernet called One Point Five, which carries the Stags Leap District appellation.
Posted: December 13, 2006 By James Molesworth
I sat down with Nicolás Catena last week to talk about the latest things happening in Argentina and at his own Bodega Catena Zapata winery. Catena, the industry leader for Argentina, is professorial in demeanor (not surprising, since he is also an economics professor).
Posted: December 13, 2006 By James Suckling
I just arrived in Hong Kong. I am visiting before Christmas for what should be a major blowout in rare and fine wines. Among the events I have planned with friends are those from wine merchant and mega-collector Paulo Pong.
Posted: December 12, 2006 By Bruce Sanderson
On the surface, the classification of vineyards in Germany is a good idea. Based on the Burgundian model, the German system designates top sites that historically have been the source of great wines, calling them “first-growths.
Posted: December 12, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
You taste a wine. You love it. You buy a few more bottles, pop one open a few weeks later, and... where has the magic gone? Or, conversely, you taste a wine. You're not impressed. A friend serves it a few weeks later, and.
Posted: December 12, 2006 By James Laube
New exciting wines continue to come from Santa Barbara County, and Mikael Sigouin's (pronounced See-gway ) new label, Kaena (pronounced Ca-en-ah ), is showing off what should be one of California's new wine success stories—Grenache.
Posted: December 12, 2006 By Claudine Pépin
Lots of people have asked me what it was like to do the shows with "the Dad." Well, I would tell them, it was like being at home, but someone else does the dishes, and I get in trouble in front of a few million people instead of just my mom.
Posted: December 11, 2006 By Marvin R. Shanken
Coca-Cola buys Monterey Vineyard Bottle of Wine Sells for $28,000 President serves California wines to the Chinese Premier And the foremost consulting enologist in Bordeaux says, “Winemaking is the work of an artist.
Posted: December 11, 2006 By James Laube
He might be a hero to fans of Two-Buck Chuck, but there's a reason Fred Franzia has a bad boy reputation in wine circles—he knows how to stir things up. For years, Napa Valley vintners battled the feisty owner of Bronco Wine Co.
Posted: December 11, 2006 By James Molesworth
I've created a monster. A monster palate, that is. The problem is, it's not mine—it's my wife's. When we first met, she was a wine lover—but not a discriminating one. Her wine fridge was full of mostly cookie-cutter California Chardonnay.
Posted: December 8, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
It's a question that dogs all of us who review and rate wines for a living. Are the wines we taste the same ones you can buy? After all, how easy would it be for an unscrupulous winery to keep a small lot of extra-specially good stuff to bottle up and submit to reviewers and wine competitions? Plenty easy, as a recent scandal in New Zealand proves.
Posted: December 8, 2006 By James Suckling
I survived my 2004 Bordeaux tasting. I never caught the cold. I tasted perfectly. The only thing that went bad was my stomach. Zantac didn't work. Neither did Rennie. But I tasted about 350 reds from 2004 and a couple dozen Sauternes, and I was pleased.
Posted: December 8, 2006 By Steven Page
After leaving Lemelson, I drove around, lost, wasting a precious hour, cursing Google Maps for creating a road over the Dundee Hills that apparently doesn’t exist. I did see some beautiful countryside along the way, and cranked the Walkmen’s shockingly faithful rerecording of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon’s Pussycats album, eventually making it to the oasis that is Domaine Serene.
Posted: December 8, 2006 By Claudine Pépin
I grew up in a home that was often filled with people, especially at dinnertime. My parents' friends always brought food and wine to our house, and we did the same when we visited their homes. I love having guests in my home, and I am lucky to have friends who like to bring wine and home-cooked food to share.
Posted: December 8, 2006 By James Laube
This week, I've received a couple of e-mails about Wither Hills, a New Zealand winery at the center of a controversy. Wither Hills was accused of creating a special bottling of its Sauvignon Blanc to enhance its chances in wine competitions.
Posted: December 7, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
What does a restaurant do when the fast-growing wine world has rendered its once-glorious wine cellar less of a big deal than it used to be? It could give up, figuring it's not worth it to stay in the game.
Posted: December 7, 2006 By Steven Page
One of the highlights at the Penner-Ash Thanksgiving dinner was a smoked turkey brought by Kurt Johnson, national sales manager for Beaux Frères winery. So, early the next morning, I set out for this small winery with the cult-like following.
Posted: December 7, 2006 By James Molesworth
While Marvin has challenged restaurants to lower their wine prices on his blog , I'm curious to find out who you think has already done it. The number of restaurants with really customer-friendly wine list prices is limited.
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