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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: November 14, 2006 By Brian Loring
One of the essential pieces of winery gear is the picking bin. The industry standard here on the West Coast of the United States is the Macro 24-A-S, which holds about 1,000 pounds (a half-ton) of fruit, is very durable and stacks nicely.
Posted: November 13, 2006 By Steven Page
A few weeks ago, I spent some time at the huge annual wine auction held in Toronto. Commercial auctions are a relatively new occurrence for us, and the only legal one is run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, our state-run alcohol monopoly.
Posted: November 13, 2006 By James Laube
On Saturday, a friend invited me to a dinner party and mentioned some of her friends were, well, wine geeks. No kidding. Turns out her friends, nearly a dozen, were that and more. These folks knew how to shop for gourmet breads and cheeses, cook a savory mixed grill of tri-tips, shrimp and chicken on the barbie, set tables, buy wine, pull corks and wash dishes—sometimes seemingly all at the same time.
Posted: November 13, 2006 By James Suckling
I had dinner with my father, stepmother and sister at her house in Ridgefield, Conn. My dad was visiting from San Diego, and he was really excited to try a couple of wines that he bought at the local wine shop, which apparently had “shelf talkers” with my scores attached to them.
Posted: November 11, 2006 By James Molesworth
La Beaugravière delivered fine back-to-back performances. A gateau de foie gras with truffle sauce to start, followed by an egg soufflé with truffles and a ’96 Paul Coulon & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine de Beaurenard white—a perfect match.
Posted: November 10, 2006 By James Suckling
From your comments on yesterday’s blog, I am carrying on the genre in the spirit of all good and bad writers in Los Angeles. So this is how my day began. I decided to forgo Starbucks this morning in LA and head down to a coffee shop on Beverly Boulevard called Swingers.
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