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Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Why This Blog?

Posted: April 20, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

As a journalist all my life, I live to spread the word about something I know that you might not. I spent the first 20 years of my career in daily journalism, where the word gets out fast. That's why I am excited about blogging.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Birthday Bottle

Posted: April 19, 2006  By James Suckling

I just finished lunch at the restaurant below my house in Il Borro. It was the birthday of my colleague Jo Cooke, and I decided to try to find something special in my cellar to drink with him. I knew that Jo was a big fan of Léoville Las Cases.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Star At Blankiet

Posted: April 18, 2006  By James Laube

I paid my first visit to Blankiet Estate last week, on one of the rare days this spring when the sun was shining brightly in Northern California. This is the ambitious new vineyard and winery owned by Claude and Katherine Blankiet, with the viticulture and winemaking being overseen by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Barbera Easter Sunday

Posted: April 16, 2006  By James Suckling

Returned from a walk in the countryside with my two dogs and my 11-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. My childern are visiting from England. We had a simple lunch for Easter Sunday–fettuccine all’Alfredo (cream, butter and parmesan sauce) and tomato salad.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Tuscan Car Wash

Posted: April 14, 2006  By James Suckling

Just got back from washing my car. It was about 75 degrees today and sunny. The vines are starting to grow in my area near Arezzo in Tuscany. Anyway, I was talking to the old guy who was helping me dry my car and he was saying how he made fantastic wines from the 500 vines he has near the gas station in the next-door village of Castiglion Fibocchi.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bordeaux Tales I

Posted: April 13, 2006  By James Suckling

Went to a friend’s house for dinner a couple of nights ago and brought some leftover, half-full bottle samples of 2003 Bordeaux. I did a blind tasting in my office in Tuscany of these wines. They were latecomers because some, such as Pavie, were not in bottle yet for my tasting late last year, and others simply weren’t available.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

When It's Not For Consumption

Posted: April 11, 2006  By James Suckling

I don’t see too many first-growth investors on my blog…. Good thing. But the fact is that there are many out there. My friend in Hong Kong has customers who have bought 25 cases of 1982, or 30 cases of 1990 Latour.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

First Growth Question

Posted: April 10, 2006  By James Suckling

Do you, family or friends ever drink first-growth Bordeaux? Got in a long conversation last night at dinner with a wine merchant friend from Hong Kong, and he said that first growths were primarily for investment and that few people ever drink the stuff – especially young vintages.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Road Trip Home

Posted: April 9, 2006  By James Suckling

Got back home in Tuscany from VinItaly last night. I spent a whole day in the beautiful city of Verona at what some believe is the Super Bowl of Italian wine. But the only thing the annual event has in common with the great American football event is the crowds.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Road Trip

Posted: April 7, 2006  By James Suckling

After Geneva, flew to Munich to drive down with a friend in his 575 Ferrari to Verona for Italy’s Super Bowl of wine fairs, VinItaly. Parts of the autobahn in Germany still have no speed limit. So we pushed the 575 a bit – very fast.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bordeaux Hostage II

Posted: April 5, 2006  By James Suckling

Ran into a fellow "Specy" at the watch show. Robert Woodrow of Rye, New York, was sitting next to me in a lounge area and asked me if  I worked for the Spectator. We spoke for a while about wine and watches and then he said he had gone to a restaurant (can’t remember the name) the other night in Geneva and was charged $60 corkage.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Watches and the Nature of the Beast

Posted: April 5, 2006  By James Suckling

Still in Geneva at the Salone International de la Haute Horlogerie – the international watch show. I looked at some cool pieces from Panerai today such as a Radiomir 47mm “California.” It’s a retro look diver’s watch that’s going to be available in the States in December.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bordeaux Hostage

Posted: April 3, 2006  By James Suckling

Corkage fees can be annoying sometimes. I understand why restaurants charge but sometimes they can be excessive, even dishonest. I had dinner last night at a Chinese restaurant in Geneva called Tse Yan in the Hilton Hotel and I telephoned them before to see if I could bring a bottle of Bordeaux to share with a friend.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Scoop!

Posted: April 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I wasn’t going to blog this but I have decided to unveil what may be the most exciting news to come out of Bordeaux for a long time. While I was tasting in the cellars of Chateau Latour, I came across a barrel that was marked “reserve de patron” – which is basically the reserve of the owner.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Who's on Second?

Posted: April 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I left Bordeaux and went to Basel for the annual watch show – I also write about watches but I don’t rate them – and I had dinner with some friends on Friday night in a Chinese restaurant. We had a couple of bottles of Bordeaux – Les Pagodes de Cos and Leoville Barton 2001.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Waiting at the Station

Posted: March 31, 2006  By James Suckling

I read this comment from David Hamshere on my blog a few days ago and I continue to go back to it. I think that it puts it in a perspective that we can all appreciate. There are so many other businesses in the world that are being affected in the same way as the small wine growers of Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Big Event

Posted: March 30, 2006  By James Suckling

One of my last stops in my 2005 Bordeaux wine tour today was L’Eglise Clinet, the highly rated Pomerol estate. The owner, Denis Durantou, was standing just inside the door of his small winery waiting for me.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Behind the Golden Veil

Posted: March 29, 2006  By James Suckling

I was tasting some great wines from the Right Bank yesterday, including Pétrus, Cheval-Blanc, Le Pin, Vieux Château Certan and Ausone, and I ran into a grower I know from Graves, and he reminded me of some sad truths about Bordeaux at the moment.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Quote of the Day

Posted: March 29, 2006  By James Suckling

Me at lunch with Fabien Teitgen, technical director of Smith-Haut-Lafitte, discussing why some people seem to be upset that I am writing so positively about the 2005 vintage – especially after all the positive words for 2000 and 2003.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Pricing Therapy

Posted: March 28, 2006  By James Suckling

Before you all start crying about prices, two things. First, no one has released prices yet. Second, even if they are very high, you don’t have to buy the high-priced wines. There are going to be hundreds of good-value Bordeaux with very good to excellent prices.

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