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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Reefer Madness

Posted: November 3, 2006  By James Suckling

I think it is scandalous for wine importers not to use refrigerated containers when they are shipping. It only costs a few dollars a case more, and it is the best way to maintain the quality of the wine.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Turley and Wetlaufer Scale Back

Posted: November 2, 2006  By James Laube

It’s the end of an era. Sort of. Maybe. Two of the most influential winemakers of this era—the wife-and-husband team of winemaker Helen Turley and viticulturist John Wetlaufer—have cut their consulting business to one client.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

An Old-School Lesson in Cornas

Posted: November 2, 2006  By James Molesworth

We were rummaging around in Jean-Luc Colombo ’s cellar, trying to find something to go with the grilled entrecote du boeuf that was being served for dinner. Well, I was in Cornas, so why not an older Cornas, I suggested? I should’ve bit my tongue, since Jean-Luc decided to go old-school on me, and show me a bit of Cornas history.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

The Things You Learn Hanging Out With Chefs

Posted: November 2, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

I spent last weekend in Napa Valley in the company of chefs. Lots of them. I was one of two non-chef judges for the "Almost Famous" chef competition. Sponsored by S. Pellegrino, the mineral water brand, the participants are students at top North American cooking schools.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

BYOB in Vegas

Posted: November 2, 2006  By James Suckling

I wasn’t sure how my bottle of 2004 Petrolo Galatrona was going to survive my American Airlines flights from London to Las Vegas via Chicago yesterday. But I had to bring a bottle to my dinner last night at Lotus of Siam with some wine friends, and I couldn’t take the wine in my handbag.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Is It a Twist or a Screw?

Posted: November 2, 2006  By James Laube

The other night at a rollicking party in Napa, a woman who works in the wine business approached me about alternative closures. She works for a big company in the valley and they are tired of the hassles with corks.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

More Cornas and Hermitage, and the Buzz in the Valley

Posted: November 2, 2006  By James Molesworth

Today was another day of Cornas and Hermitage. I started at Domaine Courbis whose ‘05s are looking very good—in particular, Laurent Courbis’ Cornas La Sabarotte , a plush, smoky powerhouse filled with iron, olive and spice flavors.

Blogs  :  Charlie Trotter

On Creativity

Posted: November 1, 2006  By Charlie Trotter

I love the way that Miles Davis never played "My Funny Valentine" the same way twice. It was always changing and evolving. He would emphasize a different tempo, or a different instrument, or put a mute on his horn, or, audaciously enough, turn the whole thing electric à la Jimi Hendrix, all the while still playing (more or less) the same composition.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Wine Fit for a Prince

Posted: November 1, 2006  By James Suckling

I went to an Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion dinner last night in London, which wine merchants Farr Vintners organized, and it reminded me of a debate that occurred very early in my career concerning the two wine estates.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Deal on Napa Cabernet

Posted: November 1, 2006  By James Laube

Cabernet drinkers, er, make that Napa Valley Cabernet drinkers, are frustrated a lot these days. Too many high prices and hard-to-get wines is a common refrain I hear from readers. So, just when you think that a luscious Napa Cabernet for $30 is an endangered species, along comes a pleasant surprise.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Surrounded By Pinot Noir

Posted: November 1, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Reflecting on the California Wine Experience just over a week ago, I am amazed at the popularity of Pinot Noir. Not only did we have more California Pinots than at any previous Wine Experience, we added a handful from Oregon (7) for good measure.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

You Know You're in France When ...

Posted: October 31, 2006  By James Molesworth

You know you’re in France when under the table next to you, there’s a well-behaved, blond spaniel sitting there, giving you the sad eyes. Sorry pooch—you’re cute (and I love dogs) but this meal is mine.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Dinky Pinot Discovery

Posted: October 31, 2006  By James Laube

What to do with a wine with only 99 cases? Well, this one I’m recommending. It’s the 2004 Native 9 Santa Maria Valley Rancho Ontiveros Vineyards Pinot Noir, and it’s a smooth, rich, supple charmer with sassafras and black cherry fruit that retails for $48.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Arriving in the Rhône

Posted: October 31, 2006  By James Molesworth

Well, I finally made it. After nearly 24 hours of transit, thanks to a flight that took off nearly three hours late, which led to a missed train connection and an extra four-hour layover in the Charles de Gaulle TGV station.

Blogs  :  Brian Loring: Ramblings from Pinot Prison

Creating Single-Vineyard Wines

Posted: October 31, 2006  By Brian Loring

After our post- Wine Experience discussion of optimal berry size during a cab ride ( discussed in my last blog post ), my fellow Pinot producer Adam Lee was primed for more discussions once we arrived at the Bubble Lounge and met wine directors David Mokha and Kevin Vogt.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Thoughts on the Sale of Pichon Lalande

Posted: October 31, 2006  By James Suckling

I don’t like to bother people on their holiday, but I had to know what was going on with Château Pichon Longueville Lalande , following the various reports on a deal involving the property and the owners of Louis Roederer.

Blogs  :  Kevin Vogt: From the Floor

Wine … In … Space

Posted: October 30, 2006  By Kevin Vogt

Wine would taste different in space, wouldn’t it? I started pondering this question when my boss, chef Emeril Lagasse, joined the team at NASA to be the first celebrity chef to produce a gourmet meal for astronauts in space.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Go Fish Hooks a New Chef After Only Six Weeks

Posted: October 30, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Go Fish, the Napa Valley seafood restaurant that opened only last month, picked up an ace when it hired chef Victor Scargle to take over the kitchen. The chef since 2003 at Julia's Kitchen , the restaurant at Copia in Napa, Scargle starts the week after Thanksgiving.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Road Warrior’s View of the Tuscan Harvest in 2006

Posted: October 30, 2006  By James Suckling

I spoke to Stefano Chioccioli over the weekend at home in Tuscany on the telephone. Stefano said he was exhausted from this year’s harvest in Italy. It was one of the longest in memory, lasting almost two months.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Savoring the Colors of Fall

Posted: October 30, 2006  By James Laube

On Sunday, I rode my bike from my home in Napa to Yountville, which is about 10 miles north of Napa. It’s the tail end of harvest 2006 in Napa Valley and most parts of California, and the weather yesterday was perfect.

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