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Posted: April 10, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
Ruinart is the best Champagne you don't know about. Distribution in the United States was limited from 2000 to 2005, but with a new importer, the brand was relaunched in 2006. Until then, I hadn’t tasted Ruinart Champagne since 2003.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By James Molesworth
Easter weekend, baseball season, the Masters—all annual events that herald the arrival of spring. That means golf season, outdoor grilling and lots of crisp whites and fresh rosés on the back deck. Of course, things seem to be running a bit behind weatherwise in the northeast.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By James Suckling
Someone with the moniker "Old_Winyards" posted the following on the Wine Spectator Online Forums : *** START BORDEAUX AVERAGE VINTAGE REPORT TEMPLATE *** Average vintage, but weather caused some inconsistency throughout.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
It's not even light here in Auckland, New Zealand, as I write this at the airport, changing planes for Sydney. I am on my way to Australia to visit some of the top producers and some of the up-and-comers.
Posted: April 9, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
The vines are pushing. Hallelujah, the vines are pushing. The Cabs are still a bit sleepy, but everything else is wide awake. I was a bit nervous about a late frost, but Craig assured me that if the mesquites are also pushing buds, the frost danger has passed.
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.
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