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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with Viña Santa Ema and Kingston Family

Posted: June 8, 2006  By James Molesworth

Just a few days after Concha y Toro came in to show me their new small production Carmenère bottling , I met with Viña Santa Ema winemaker Andrés Sanhueza, and Kingston Family owners Courtney and Michael Kingston.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Crazy Prices in Bordeaux Hit a New High

Posted: June 8, 2006  By James Suckling

It had to happen. Château Malescot-St.-Exupéry, the Margaux wine estate, released its 2005 on the market today at more than double last year’s price. It went from about $18 a bottle from the chateau for the 2004 to about $38 for the 2005.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Ask the Editors

Posted: June 7, 2006  By James Laube

Starting today, for a 24-hour period ( this post is now closed to further questions ), I'll be taking my turn at "Ask the Editors." My tasting beat is California, but if you’ve got questions about other regions or about wine in general on which I can share my views, I’ll give it my best shot.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Chianti Who?

Posted: June 7, 2006  By James Suckling

I was tasting some 2003 Chianti Classicos today, and I started to think how confusing the appellation really is. You can’t tell what you have in the bottle, from a cheap red with little or no character to a superstar pure Sangiovese with the class and aging potential of any great Italian red.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Up and Down the Côte d'Or in a Day

Posted: June 7, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 4: June 6 There’s nothing like tasting 60 wines before lunch. When you visit chez Louis Jadot, that’s a fraction of the wines made. And if it were left to the energetic winemaker Jacques Lardière, you would not leave without tasting everything.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Hot New Mailing List

Posted: June 6, 2006  By James Laube

Here are an e-mail address and a fax number that Cabernet lovers should jot down: and (707) 963-1282. That's the way to get on the mailing list for the new Bob Levy-Martha McClellan Levy Cabernet Sauvignon.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Crudo, Crudo, Everywhere

Posted: June 6, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

The other day my friend Tom and I were talking about all the raw fish appetizers we've been seeing on menus lately. He mused, "What's the difference between crudo and sashimi?" I thought about it for a few seconds.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Three Domaines in the Côte de Nuits

Posted: June 6, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 3: June 5 Now, to the heart of the matter: Visiting and tasting at some of the top domaines and negoce in Burgundy. Cool weather prior to my trip delayed the malolactic fermentations ,and many of the 2005s are still undergoing malolactic fermentation.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Survivor, Napa-Style

Posted: June 5, 2006  By James Laube

Auction Napa Valley is less about wine these days than raising money for Napa area health services and other good causes. At that, it is a resounding success. The top bid -- $1.05 million for a luxury tour of France’s great wine estates – helped vintners raise $8.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Wine List Pet Peeves

Posted: June 5, 2006  By James Molesworth

One of my responsibilities here at Wine Spectator is to review the wine lists that are entered into our annual Restaurant Awards program. We received nearly 4,000 entries this year (results will appear in the Aug.

Blogs  :  Marvin R. Shanken's Blog

Paris Tasting: Much To-Do About Nothing!

Posted: June 5, 2006  By Marvin R. Shanken

I've toyed with saying this, but have always opted not to, instead pretending that the Paris Tasting of 1976 never happened. But with all the renewed publicity, especially with a big-city California newspaper dedicating three full pages of its wine section to covering the re-enactment of the event two weeks ago, I can no longer remain silent.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Culinary Diversions in Burgundy

Posted: June 5, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 1: June 3 Whenver I go to Burgundy, I generally arrive at my hotel in Nuits-St.-Georges in the early evening. I like to have dinner my first night at the excellent La Cabotte restaurant in the center of town.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Tasting Burgundy's Anticipated 2005 Vintage

Posted: June 5, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Join me each day from June 5th through June 13th as I taste the highly anticipated 2005 Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from barrel. I will keep you updated on my visits with small growers and several négociant houses in Burgundy’s famous Côte d’Or.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel

Posted: June 4, 2006  By James Suckling

About a month ago, I did a tasting of three dozen vintages of Lynch-Bages in Los Angeles, and the owner of the estate, Jean-Michel Cazes, also brought along a number of older vintages of his cru bourgeois estate, Les Ormes-de-Pez.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Tough Question...

Posted: June 2, 2006  By James Molesworth

I was sitting with my wife at dinner, lingering over a glass of '59 Latour , watching the sheets of rain come down outside. "So, like the wine?" I asked. "Yes," she said. "Is it great?" I asked. "Yes," she said, but with slightly less conviction.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bordeaux's Tricky 2005

Posted: June 2, 2006  By James Suckling

Spoke to a few heavy-hitter wine merchants about the 2005 Bordeaux, and they seemed a little concerned. They said that they had not had the unbridled demand that they had expected for Bordeaux’s newest vintage, especially compared to 2000.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Why a Ste. Michelle-Owned Erath Winery Makes Sense

Posted: June 1, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates' surprise purchase of Erath Vineyards looks like a good deal all the way around. The Washington-based buyer has a long history of pursuing quality, especially in its marquee labels.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Pope Valley? I'm Ready

Posted: June 1, 2006  By James Laube

Ready for a Pope Valley appellation? I am. It’s long overdue. This remote valley in the northeast area of Napa County deserves its own identity, yet legally it’s part of Napa Valley, which has some huge benefits for Napa vintners.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Dog Days of Summer

Posted: May 31, 2006  By James Laube

Hannah, my loyal canine companion, is on her last legs. She recently turned 14, which in dog years, puts her in her late 90s. I grew up with dogs and pets and have had my own dogs since my college days.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Still Waiting For 2005 Bordeaux Futures

Posted: May 31, 2006  By James Suckling

Is anyone else getting a little fed up? I can’t understand why most of the big-name Bordeaux châteaus have not released their prices for 2005 futures, or en primeur. It seems that the proverbial iron is getting cold as the Bordelais try to figure out what prices they should sell their new wines for.

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