Posted: November 22, 2006 By Claudine Pépin
My father likes to quote a sign that his old friend, the late Joe Baum , had hanging in his restaurant kitchens. It read simply, "THERE IS NO VICTORY OVER THE CUSTOMER!" The customer may "always be right"—but only until he's very wrong, like the drunken, ill-tempered, waitress-badgering fool I invited to kindly leave and not return to the restaurant in Portland where I was working as a floor manager.
Posted: November 22, 2006 By James Suckling
I'm back in Tuscany. It started as a cold and wet day, but the sun has finally broken through the clouds. The forest below my house is brilliant shades of yellow, orange and brown. The air is fresh and clean.
Posted: November 21, 2006 By Brian Loring
This year we decided to buy a bigger wine press. Mostly because we’d increased production to the point where we just couldn’t get enough grapes pressed in a day using our old press, and partly because I didn’t want to hear “I think we're gonna need a bigger press” (to paraphrase a line from Jaws ) another time.
Posted: November 21, 2006 By James Laube
Kevin Vogt’s assertion that women are better tasters than men certainly has merit. I've tasted with most of the women he mentions, and hundreds of other professionals, and more often than not there's agreement about which wines are the best and which wines lack merit or taste or are flawed.
Posted: November 21, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
In the run-up to Thanksgiving every year, it seems, every wine pundit weighs in on what to drink with the Thanksgiving dinner. I tend to shrug it off, having offered my viewpoint dozens of times before.
Posted: November 21, 2006 By James Molesworth
It's become my favorite holiday of the year. An unabashed, fully approved, four-day eating fest. And enough wine to accompany it all, of course. At my house, the menu is fairly traditional—turkey, with a cornbread and chorizo stuffing.
Posted: November 21, 2006 By Bruce Sanderson
La Brigada is a small storefront in Buenos Aires' blue-collar barrio of San Telmo. It’s a bustling place, with people milling about on the street waiting for a table in the small room. Inside it’s packed, with tables on the main floor and a second level.
Posted: November 21, 2006 By James Suckling
I got off an American Airlines flight from New York to London last night just in time for a late supper with my friend Thomas in the West End. We met at a cool high-end grand brasserie called the Wolseley.
Posted: November 20, 2006 By James Laube
Lately, as Pinot Noir has become a hotter ticket, I’ve been asked if some vintners add a splash of Syrah to their Pinot cuvée. The answer, according to a few winemakers I’ve talked with, is yes. They say many of the lesser-priced Pinots—in the $15 and under category—do have a small amount of Syrah.
Posted: November 20, 2006 By Marvin R. Shanken
One of our great challenges has always been ensuring that all of our readers are informed about the Top 100 at the same time. We know that those who receive the information first gain a significant buying advantage.
Posted: November 20, 2006 By Claudine Pépin
I was just thinking about dinner. ( I do that a lot!) Like most native New Yorkers, I’m very good at making reservations, and I love eating out, but there are a few things I could live without. I don’t like being snubbed.
Posted: November 20, 2006 By Bruce Sanderson
I’m back in Buenos Aires for a little R & R. It’s my third time in this fascinating city. My initial visit was just a teaser, a day and a half after visiting wine regions in both Chile and Mendoza, Argentina.
Posted: November 19, 2006 By James Suckling
Fake wines came up yet again in conversation during a Lafleur tasting, this time on Saturday in New York City. It was sort of a shame considering it was one of the most impressive dinner tastings I had encountered in my career.
Posted: November 17, 2006 By Kevin Vogt
If you look at the great wines of California and the women that have a hand in them , you can easily see a strong correlation between female winemakers and fantastic wine. I would like to propose my theory as to why women are naturally better at making wine.
Posted: November 17, 2006 By James Suckling
I just got off the telephone with Giacomo Neri of Casanova di Neri and it sounded like he personally won this year’s World Cup. In a sense, he did. He said that his phone has been ringing off the hook congratulating him for his 2001 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova being chosen as Wine Spectator ’s Wine of the Year.
Posted: November 17, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
We take a lot for granted. Grocery stores virtually anywhere in America sell fresh cilantro, heirloom tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Restaurants across the land cook fresh food well and serve an amazing array of vegetables.
Posted: November 17, 2006 By James Laube
Right now Brian Larky is on a plane, probably somewhere over the Atlantic, headed home from Tuscany, where part of his business is based. When he gets back to his digs in Napa, he’s going to have a box full of e-mails and plenty of calls from his hundreds of new best friends.
Posted: November 17, 2006 By James Molesworth
Well, after we finished eating at our favorite local sushi joint last night, we stepped outside into a driving rainstorm. So we bagged it and called it a night without shleping over to the movies. I think we're leaning toward Borat though, as the wine flick is getting roundly drubbed everywhere.
Posted: November 16, 2006 By James Suckling
I just dropped a Zantac. Heartburn. Burping. Sour stomach. It must be Beaujolais Nouveau. Luckily, I was only tasting. If I had to drink a glass or two of the stuff …. It’s always been a little like that.
Posted: November 16, 2006 By James Laube
When our Wine of the Year is announced tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. EST, one reader who won’t be glued to his computer screen is Tom Malloy. Oh, that’s not because he’s disinterested. He’s been drinking and collecting wine for longer than most of us have been alive, by a long shot.
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