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Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

On the Way Home

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Lost in Italy? Let Kramer Be Your Driver

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Classic Beauty in the Médoc, and a Little Flamboyance Too

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.

Blogs  :  Jean-Guillaume Prats

I've Got Mail

Posted: March 27, 2007  By Jean-Guillaume Prats

I thank you, the readers of this blog, for your many comments. I’ve gathered some of my responses together for your consideration. Many readers have complained about Bordeaux prices, especially with the 2005 vintage.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Following in His Parents' Footsteps

Posted: March 27, 2007  By James Laube

John Anthony isn’t using his last name on his wine label for obvious reasons: Truchard is already taken by Jo Ann and Tony, his parents, for their vineyard and winery in Carneros. Truth is, John, 34, is intent on making his name and reputation without trading off of theirs, which is already well-known to many wine drinkers.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Memories You've Had, or the Wines Yet to Be Enjoyed?

Posted: March 27, 2007  By James Molesworth

I'm finally back in the office this week after my trip to South Africa. There's nothing like digging out from all those e-mails and messages that stack up while you're gone. Of course, I should consider myself lucky that I didn't have to dig out from the snowstorm that hit New York while I was enjoying the sunny Cape! I was still in a South African mood this past weekend with the family, so I opened up bottles of the 2003 and 2004 de Trafford Shiraz, which went great with a simple, roasted rack of lamb.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Echoes from the Streets (and Cellars) of the Médoc

Posted: March 27, 2007  By James Suckling

While visiting various châteaus in the Médoc yesterday, I was speaking to Bordeaux wine merchant Pierre Lawton of Alias about his customers' perceptions of 2006. He said that many already thought that the vintage was disgusting and too expensive.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Appellation Madness in California

Posted: March 26, 2007  By James Laube

Do California vintners have their own case of March Madness? In Santa Barbara, vintners in the Happy Canyon area are finalizing a petition to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in support of dividing the region into subappellations.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Of Steaks and Barrels

Posted: March 26, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

I wonder if the same purists who decry wines that show too much oak feel the same way about their steaks. That came to mind as I interviewed Tom Colicchio, the chef and owner of Craftsteak in New York and Las Vegas, whose cooking methods for beef have generated some flack.

Blogs  :  Jean-Guillaume Prats

On Arrogance

Posted: March 26, 2007  By Jean-Guillaume Prats

"Arrogance is exactly why people are fed up with the Bordelais such as yourself." This is the comment made by Peter in one of my Wine Spectator blogs. Perhaps. As a Frenchman, I am very happy to debate this.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Dinner Party Chatter in Bordeaux

Posted: March 26, 2007  By James Suckling

"You can't make a great wine every year, or at least as great as 2005," I said last night to a number of château owners during a cool dinner party at the house of wine merchant Pierre Lawton and his wife, Sophie, in Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

No Substitute for Experience When Judging Wines

Posted: March 23, 2007  By James Laube

Being comfortable grading or rating wines takes time and experience. It took me years of tasting before I felt fully confident about assessing wines and describing them, and even now, I come across wines that are hard to size up.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

On the Road Again to Bordeaux

Posted: March 23, 2007  By James Suckling

I am writing this from the passenger seat of my sports car with tasting coordinator Jo Cooke at the wheel as we drive toward Bordeaux through the Cote d’Azur. No ticket yet! It takes about 11 hours from Tuscany to Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

When to Drink a Wine Can Be a Dilemma

Posted: March 22, 2007  By James Laube

One of our readers, Roger, just posted a good question in response to a recent blog. “When do you think is the earliest point to open a 2001 [Cabernet]?” I think 2001s should drink well from now until they’re 15 or 20 years old, maybe longer, assuming they’re properly stored.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

2005 Should Have Some Cabernet Values

Posted: March 21, 2007  By James Laube

Napa Cabernet drinkers should be focusing on top-rated wines from recent vintages, especially the 2003s and 2004s that are making their way to the market right now. Though '03 wasn't a great year, some great wines were made.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

South Africa: Day 14—From the Top to the Bottom, Tourist Style

Posted: March 21, 2007  By James Molesworth

It’s a national holiday here today: Human Rights Day. It’s cooler than it’s been so far on my trip, and summer seems to be finally winding down here. To celebrate the holiday, I allowed myself to be a tourist for a day.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Cooking With Wine, Soaking Chickens

Posted: March 21, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

The august New York Times splashed a big story over its food pages this week, the big news being that you shouldn't use a great wine in cooking. What a surprise. The writer, Julia Moskin, seems to have deliberately set out to misunderstand the oft-repeated advice to "use a wine you would drink.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Tale of Two Nenins

Posted: March 20, 2007  By James Suckling

It’s probably going to snow tonight in Tuscany. I am really cold. The central heating system is not what it should be in my house! It made me think about how warm and comfortable it was in Hong Kong last week.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

South Africa: Day 13—A Vinous Family Tree

Posted: March 20, 2007  By James Molesworth

Walker Bay is about a 90-minute drive from Cape Town, past the well-known wine lands of Stellenbosch, and up over the Hottentot mountains (where a vista point along the road affords a dramatic view of False Bay).

Blogs  :  Eric Ripert

Some Parting Thoughts

Posted: March 20, 2007  By Eric Ripert

The hospitality industry has seduced a lot of young people, and even some career-changers, who come from very interesting and diverse backgrounds. The media has helped to bring a lot of awareness to our industry.

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