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.
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.
Posted: June 6, 2006 By James Laube
Here are an e-mail address and a fax number that Cabernet lovers should jot down: firstname.lastname@example.org and (707) 963-1282. That's the way to get on the mailing list for the new Bob Levy-Martha McClellan Levy Cabernet Sauvignon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted: May 30, 2006 By James Laube
Which wines are the most difficult to evaluate in their infancy -- in barrel or bottle? For me, there are several contenders. Syrah can be devilish out of barrel because of its intensity. Big, rich, hearty and loaded with a beef stew of flavors.
Posted: May 30, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
This week, I'll be taking my turn at "Ask the Editors." Today and tomorrow (May 30-31: This post is now closed to questions ), you can ask me questions on any area I cover for Wine Spectator. This can include any of my tasting beats—Australia, New Zealand, Oregon and Washington, food and wine pairing, restaurants, or any other topics covered in my recent articles.
Posted: May 29, 2006 By James Suckling
I haven’t really seen all that many great red wines from Sicily. Sure I have given plenty of 90- and 91-point scores to wines from the island in recent years, but I am still waiting to score some wines in the mid to high 90s – real classic quality.
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