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Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Pinch of This, a Dash of That...

Posted: February 23, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Gary Danko stands at a stove in the kitchen of the Park Hyatt Carmel , throwing handfuls of butter into a big saucepan. Hubbub surrounds him as other chefs work on their dishes for the first lunch of the 21st Masters of Food & Wine.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Wine X Didn't Mark The Spot

Posted: February 23, 2007  By James Laube

Wine X, a magazine aimed at the twenty-something crowd, folded recently. I thought it had vanished years ago, and many of us wondered how and why it lasted this long. Targeting a younger, hipper, hip-hopper audience – the next generation of wine drinkers – Wine X had a market.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Dal Forno Amarone, a Different Wine

Posted: February 23, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

I never thought much of Valpolicella until my first visit to Italy in 1987, when I met Giuseppe Quintarelli. His wines were a revelation. In his hands, Corvina, Rondinella and the other little-known grapes of the region made a dry red wine of real substance and depth.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down With Álvaro Espinoza

Posted: February 23, 2007  By James Molesworth

I sat down with Álvaro Espinoza in my office today. Espinoza is one of Chile’s most talented winemakers (he also gets most of the credit for helping to sort out the Carmenère/Merlot mix up in Chile ), and after getting his career started at Viña Carmen , he went out on his own.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Are Wine Buffs Really Wine Bluffs?

Posted: February 22, 2007  By James Laube

A while back, I wrote about some of the differences between the way men and women think about and approach wine. Now I’m worried that I may have grossly underestimated some of those discrepancies. It turns out that not only are many men shameless point-chasing, label drinking, know-it-alls who equate price with quality, but it’s worse than that.

Blogs  :  Eric Ripert

How to Create a Dish

Posted: February 21, 2007  By Eric Ripert

Creativity cannot be controlled or regulated. I find myself bombarded by ideas, most of the time at night, but I could be on a plane, or driving, or speaking to a friend. Ideas appear to me like flashes.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bad Taste in the Mouth

Posted: February 21, 2007  By James Suckling

In my last blog , I wrote about meeting mega-chef Joël Robuchon in London, and my less-than-perfect experience at his L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris. The waiters there were downright rude and condescending.

Blogs  :  Chuck Wagner: At Home with Caymus

Leaning Toward Younger Cabernets Over Older Ones

Posted: February 21, 2007  By Chuck Wagner

I am a winemaker, but I am also an avid wine consumer. I was lucky enough to spend more than 30 years working with my dad; drinking his wines with my mom’s lunchtime meals are among my fondest memories.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Price Shouldn't Influence Your Tastes

Posted: February 21, 2007  By James Laube

This morning at the gym, I worked out alongside an old friend. He's a great chef who now travels worldwide for one of Napa Valley’s big wine companies to put on food and wine pairings and demonstrations.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

A Memorable Meal in Melbourne

Posted: February 20, 2007  By Maynard James Keenan

As fate would have it, I picked up the flu on Big Day Out 2007. Every other person on the tour got hit with it. Myself, Peaches, our guitar techs Matt and Frank, Bobby, D.C. … The list goes on and on.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Discovery on the Sonoma Coast

Posted: February 20, 2007  By James Laube

Fort Ross Vineyard has found a groove. It's a relatively new brand of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that wine lovers should pay serious attention to. Linda and Lester Schwartz, who came to California from Cape Town, South Africa, in 1976, own the 44-acre vineyard.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Week in the Caribbean. Will I Find Any Wine?

Posted: February 20, 2007  By James Molesworth

Last week I was on vacation in the Caribbean, hence my silent blog. (Sorry, but I need a break while on vacation, unlike my prolific colleague James Suckling). The Caribbean offers sunny weather, on most days.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Zingy Southwestern Food and ... Pinot Noir?

Posted: February 20, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

"That's a no-brainer," said our waiter at Roaring Fork, the still-hot Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant that specializes in chile -laced dishes that sing with Southwestern spices. I had asked him what kind of wine he thought would go with the dishes we had ordered.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Robuchon in London

Posted: February 20, 2007  By James Suckling

I ran into super chef  Joël Robuchon at breakfast last Saturday in London at the St. Martins Lane Hotel. I was there with my two children, getting geared up for a matinee of The Sound of Music. Robuchon had been fine-tuning his latest L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which is sort of high class zen-sushi-bar-looking place featuring all of his signature three-star dishes, and more, as well as a good selection of wines by the glass.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

What Bordeaux Does So Well

Posted: February 16, 2007  By James Suckling

Haaaaaa. Steak, frites and Bordeaux. Sometimes there’s nothing better than a simple steak, French fries and a green salad with a good bottle of Bordeaux. And I am not talking about first-growth or second-growth or trophy reds from France’s premier wine region.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Jasper Hill Shiraz, Past and Future

Posted: February 16, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Ron and Elva Laughton, owners of Jasper Hill Vineyard in Australia, make good wines, and I like to drink them. They do what wine ought to do, which is to reflect the place where they grow. But tasting them blind in my office, or at the table with the Laughtons, I've never been able to get really revved up about them.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Cult Cabernet Winemaker Shakeup

Posted: February 16, 2007  By James Laube

Two of Napa Valley’s cult Cabernet producers rotated winemakers this week. Mark Aubert, who had been consulting winemaker at Colgin since 1999 , is leaving and will now be overseeing the winemaking at Bryant Family Vineyard , according to owner Don Bryant.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Rites of Spring in Thy Cellar

Posted: February 16, 2007  By James Laube

Spring weather arrived in Northern California this week. Today the temperature will reach 70 degrees in Napa Valley, and it’s bright, clear and sunny, with no wind. While I know folks in Baltimore, Buffalo and Billings, Mont.

Blogs  :  Eric Ripert

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Posted: February 16, 2007  By Eric Ripert

I always tell my cooks that if you start cooking with mediocre (or worse) ingredients, even if you are a genius of a cook, you will have a mediocre dish in the end.  We strive to find the best ingredients from all over the world.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Why Some 1996 Cabernets Were Oxidized

Posted: February 15, 2007  By James Laube

Not all wineries store their wines in perfect cellar conditions. More wine gets moved around than you might imagine, and that can greatly impact the quality of the wine, especially as it ages. When several bottles of 1996 Cabernet from two prominent Napa Valley wineries tasted oxidized while I was working on my '96 retrospective report , I asked the owners-winemakers how the wines had been stored.

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