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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Distant Memories of the Rhône Valley

Posted: February 1, 2007  By James Suckling

I was drinking a 2005 Concha y Toro Syrah Rapel Valley Casillero del Diablo a few nights ago in Havana in a small family-run restaurant called La Casa in Vedado, a nice and clean neighborhood in the city.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

Welcome Aboard—It's Wine

Posted: February 1, 2007  By Steven Page

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of travel, at the height of cold and flu season. We spent four days at sea aboard the Carnival Legend, where we hosted the first annual Barenaked Ladies’ Ships and Dip cruise.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Don't Overlook the Chardonnay

Posted: February 1, 2007  By Bruce Sanderson

I visited Domaine Jacques Prieur for the first time. There, I tasted a number of very pure, fruit-driven reds and whites. I sometimes found the wines a little oaky when tasted from bottle as new releases in New York, but the 2005s are very well-balanced.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

And the Winner of the Super Bowl Is?

Posted: January 31, 2007  By James Laube

I’ve been reading Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitas the past few days as a sort of mental preparation for Sunday’s Super Bowl. It’s a great read about one of the game’s all-time greats—and a must for any football fan.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Has Riedel Gone Too Far?

Posted: January 31, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Does the announcement that Riedel has come out with a new glass specifically designed for Oregon Pinot Noir strike you as funny as it does me? What's next? A special glass for Santa Ynez Valley Pinot Gris? Look, I admire what Riedel has done for wine glasses as much as anyone.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

Maynard Keenan's Day Off

Posted: January 31, 2007  By Maynard James Keenan

Over the holidays I had a chance to get cozy with my 2006 juice. Touring has kept me at a distance from it all this year. For 2004 and 2005, I was around enough to know the stuff inside and out. So on this last break, rather than turning my brain off to the sounds of 24 on a DVD box set while recovering from the road, I crawled around my barrels for a few days.

Blogs  :  Larry Stone's Blog

Becoming a Sommelier

Posted: January 30, 2007  By Larry Stone

I am frequently asked how someone interested in wine can become a sommelier. Let’s assume you already have a job in a restaurant, and want to take more responsibility when it comes to wine. When I am asked what is the most important organ needed in becoming a wine expert, it is usually implied that it is either the sense of smell or the palate.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Problem With Jet-Set, Superstar Chefs

Posted: January 30, 2007  By James Suckling

I read David Myers’ blog on his wonderful experience at Pierre Gagnaire’s restaurant in Paris, and how the French chef is genius. And I agree with him wholeheartedly. The guy is genius. The problem is that his brilliance isn't always manifested on the plates that arrive at your table, especially in his other restaurants around the world.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Artist and the Critic

Posted: January 30, 2007  By James Laube

Today I’m the guest speaker at the Napa Valley Vintners annual meeting in St Helena. This is an association of 280 vintners bound by a mission to make Napa the best winegrowing region it can be, and it's one of the most powerful and successful organizations of its kind.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Hitting the Ground Running

Posted: January 30, 2007  By Bruce Sanderson

I arrived in Beaune in time for lunch at the excellent bistro Le Gourmandin. I barely had time to drop my bags at my hotel in Nuits-St.-George before heading to my first appointment. I have already tasted nearly 100 wines from the 2005 vintage, so I will give you some of the highlights.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Pinot Blast From the Past

Posted: January 29, 2007  By James Laube

On Saturday, I met one of my wine-collector friends for lunch. Lately, we've been focusing on Pinot Noir when we get together, and despite our fascination with Pinot from anywhere, he delights in tasting older wines.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

An Argentinean Benchmark

Posted: January 29, 2007  By James Molesworth

Over the weekend, I opened a bottle of Achával-Ferrer 's 2002 Finca Altamira Malbec (among other things), and it gave me a chance to reflect a little bit. When the wine was first released, I rated it 94 points (Nov.

Blogs  :  David Myers

Paris, Part II

Posted: January 29, 2007  By David Myers

After a long day of riding around Paris , tasting the best oysters, bread, pastries, pâté and chocolates we could find, we warmed up back at my friends' apartment, then headed out to our dinner reservation at Pierre Gagnaire.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

LA's Hottest New Italian Restaurant

Posted: January 29, 2007  By James Suckling

It’s amazing how excited people get about pizza in Los Angeles. I went to Pizzeria Mozza over the weekend and the 60-seat restaurant was heaving with people. We could barely get into the door! In fact, it takes a month to reserve a table for dinner.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

In The Magic Kingdom Of Pinot Noir

Posted: January 29, 2007  By Bruce Sanderson

I’m in Burgundy. There was a big party in Nuits-St.-Georges this weekend, so I spent the night in Chablis, halfway from Paris to Beaune. I ate (and drank) well at La Feuillette 132 , a rustic bistro in the center of Chablis.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Mystery of Fake Bottles

Posted: January 26, 2007  By James Suckling

I have seen and had my share of fake wines. I was having dinner the other night with Geddy Lee of Rush and he reminded me of the time we opened a bottle of 1961 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle that was bogus.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Rosemount Is Back, Sort of

Posted: January 26, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Reviving Rosemount was at the top of the to-do list for Foster's when the big Australian beer and wine giant took over Southcorp in 2005. The brand had been slipping since its heyday as a privately-owned winery in the 1990s.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Kinder, Fleshier Zinfandel

Posted: January 26, 2007  By James Laube

Zinfandel has a lot going for it, but it also has its share of problems and missed opportunities. The wine is uniquely Californian. It grows well in many areas of the state, is capable of expressing terroir and is stylistically versatile.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

From Cairo, Egypt …

Posted: January 25, 2007  By Maynard James Keenan

In Giza: Tummy full of butterflies. I had to pinch myself. Damn, I love my job. All the years of stinky butt/feet van tours, all the inedible food, all the sweaty gropers, the liars, lawyers, vampires, barnacles and mocking birds … All the bad weather, the delusional stalkers and the legions of voices in their heads, the underpaid and underqualified airport security staff waving wands across my bare feet looking for WMDs, the jet lag, the ambulance chasers and depositions, the neverending parade/revolving door of deaf-but-grinning record company execs … All the Spinal Tap moments that used to be funny until they happened to us, all the tantrums by/interactions with the socially and emotionally challenged, all the "Oh my god!" hotel bar and minibar bills … All of these things (and too many more to list) have been worth it since ALL of these experiences, added up, have brought me here.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Rock 'n' Roll, Burgundy and Barolo

Posted: January 25, 2007  By James Suckling

I had a fun dinner last night at the restaurant Campanile with Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush. They are in Los Angeles finishing a new album that should be out very soon. Alex says it will be a new sound for Rush, “heavier and more powerful than before.

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