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Blogs  :  Marvin R. Shanken's Blog

Keeping a Secret

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.

Blogs  :  Claudine Pépin

On Dining Out (Part 1)

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.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Back in Buenos Aires

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Lafleur Is the Real Deal

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.

Blogs  :  Kevin Vogt: From the Floor

Why Women Taste Better

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Italy Wins Another World Cup

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Tart, Puckish History of Modern American Eating

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Thrill of Victory

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.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Chili and Côte-Rôtie

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Curse of Beaujolais Nouveau

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Our Oldest Reader Is Ready

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.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

Omahahaha

Posted: November 16, 2006  By Steven Page

On Monday night we had an evening off here in Omaha, Neb., and after wandering the city, admiring its beautiful art deco architecture, shopping for CDs and singing Morrissey’s “Everyday Is Like Sunday” the whole time (it was Monday, and the streets were completely empty), we decided to treat ourselves to a great dinner.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A 1990 Flashback

Posted: November 16, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Recently, I had half a dozen wines from the 1990 vintage. And at the age of “sweet sixteen,” those wines showed how great this vintage is. I blind-tasted two Champagnes from the 1990 vintage in August, during my annual Champagne tasting.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Date Night Role Reversal

Posted: November 15, 2006  By James Molesworth

Every Thursday is my "date night." Nancy and I keep the nanny late, and we go out just by ourselves, no kids. More often than not, it's dinner and a movie. Since our cinematic tastes are rather different, we used to alternate choices as a compromise.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

That Little Black Dress

Posted: November 15, 2006  By James Suckling

I'll admit that my lunch with the owners of Chanel was under false pretense. As much as I like their wines, I love their clothes even more. "The Fox" looks good enough to eat, or maybe I should say drink, decked out in her Chanel for a night out.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Assessing Older Vintages Has Its Challenges

Posted: November 15, 2006  By James Laube

Yesterday, I tasted two flights of 1996 Cabernets as part of a series on older California wines. Each year for the past 20 years, I’ve conducted retrospective tastings. It’s the only way to assess how the wines age, and it’s both instructive for me and useful for people who collect these wines.

Blogs  :  Claudine Pépin

Jacques and Me

Posted: November 15, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

Hello! My name is Claudine Pépin, aka "the Daughter," and I am delighted, honored and somewhat mystified that I have been invited by the staff at Wine Spectator to chat with (and at) all of you. I hope that you'll all ask lots of questions, or it's going to be a very long month.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

When Friendship Means Too Much

Posted: November 14, 2006  By James Suckling

Are two dinners in one night over doing it? Yes! I’ll be honest. And – ouch -- I have a slight hangover. But it was worth it. I wanted to see a good friend from Mexico City and he was only in Manhattan for one night.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

What Am I? A Cork-Taint Magnet?

Posted: November 14, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

When I was on my anti-cork soapbox recently, one reader wrote to ask how it can be that I find cork-tainted wines so often when he seldom does. I thought of that again when I endured yet another frustrating experience over what should have been a nice meal.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

With Age Comes Beauty

Posted: November 14, 2006  By James Laube

Winemakers periodically send me older wines to show me how their wines are aging (which is usually a good thing) or, more diplomatically, to demonstrate what I missed the first time around. And about one-third of the 5,000 or so wines that I taste each year are older wines, as opposed to new releases.

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