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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Great Zinfandel From a Special Site

Posted: December 18, 2006  By James Laube

Zinfanatics, and even those who aren't, would do well to try a pair of Zins from Haywood. The label dropped off the radar of most wine lovers as production decreased due to financial problems, but Haywood's Zinfandels have always been classy, distinctive, balanced and reasonably priced.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Believe It or Not Blind Tasting Dinner

Posted: December 17, 2006  By James Suckling

Insane is the only word I can use to describe it. I was invited to a blind tasting dinner at the restaurant Caprice to celebrate the 30th birthday of Paulo Pong, a Hong Kong wine merchant, and I really didn’t expect to have to try to “find” the wines I tasted during the outrageous dinner.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Can't-Miss Winery From Mendocino

Posted: December 15, 2006  By James Laube

Navarro is one of those can't-miss wineries that somehow manages to routinely produce a wide range of elegant, balanced and diverse wines. It's long been one of my favorites, in part because of its location—western Anderson Valley.

Blogs  :  Marvin R. Shanken's Blog

The Stars of '79

Posted: December 15, 2006  By Marvin R. Shanken

Earlier this week, I posted a blog reminiscing about some newsmakers from 1979. I hope some of them triggered memories for you, as they did for me. In some ways, 1979 was a long time ago—a lot has happened in the world of wine since then.

Blogs  :  Claudine Pépin

My Life in The Wine Business

Posted: December 15, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

Since this is Wine Spectator , I thought it only fair that I write least once about wine. When I was growing up, wine was consumed like food—always a part of dinner. Friends of the family would occasionally bring exceptional bottles, over which there would be so much excitement that a part of the meal might be changed or added to at the last minute to more perfectly complement the wine.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

How Wines Stay in My Cellar

Posted: December 15, 2006  By James Molesworth

In the last month or so, I've sent a few cases of wine off to auction. If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever sell these off— Harlan , Kistler , Dalla Valle —I would've said "never," having collected them and drunk them over nearly a decade's worth of vintages.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

More Magical Burgundies … For Lunch, No Less

Posted: December 15, 2006  By James Suckling

Just got back from lunch with Henry Tang and friends. He wanted to make a great impression on Frédéric Engerer, the president of Château Latour , who is here for Paulo Pong’s birthday celebrations.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Hanzell Is Back, in a Big Way

Posted: December 14, 2006  By James Laube

I've long been a fan of Hanzell. What's not to like? This Sonoma Valley winery has a rich history filled with many brilliant wines, thanks in large part to winemaker Bob Sessions , who's now retired. On several occasions, Sessions and I tasted complete verticals of the winery's Chardonnay and its Pinot Noir, and for the most part, all of the wines dating to the 1960s aged extremely well.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Ten, or 100-point Burgundy

Posted: December 14, 2006  By James Suckling

What is it about drinking great Burgundy? When it is right, it is so right. It takes your breath away. It’s sensual pleasure in a bottle. OK. I will say it. It’s almost like great sex. I had a 100-point red Burgundy last night with Henry Tang and a dozen or so others here in Hong Kong during dinner.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A New Cabernet Gem From Shafer

Posted: December 13, 2006  By James Laube

Fans of Shafer Vineyards Cabernet should be excited about a new wine that takes this venerable winery back to its Cabernet roots. Early next year, Shafer will release a new Cabernet called One Point Five, which carries the Stags Leap District appellation.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down With Nicolás Catena

Posted: December 13, 2006  By James Molesworth

I sat down with Nicolás Catena last week to talk about the latest things happening in Argentina and at his own Bodega Catena Zapata winery. Catena, the industry leader for Argentina, is professorial in demeanor (not surprising, since he is also an economics professor).

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Secret Tastings, Great Wines and Vinous Politicians

Posted: December 13, 2006  By James Suckling

I just arrived in Hong Kong. I am visiting before Christmas for what should be a major blowout in rare and fine wines. Among the events I have planned with friends are those from wine merchant and mega-collector Paulo Pong.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Hung Out to Dry

Posted: December 12, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

On the surface, the classification of vineyards in Germany is a good idea. Based on the Burgundian model, the German system designates top sites that historically have been the source of great wines, calling them “first-growths.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Wine Is a Moving Target

Posted: December 12, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

You taste a wine. You love it. You buy a few more bottles, pop one open a few weeks later, and... where has the magic gone? Or, conversely, you taste a wine. You're not impressed. A friend serves it a few weeks later, and.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Keen on Grenache

Posted: December 12, 2006  By James Laube

New exciting wines continue to come from Santa Barbara County, and Mikael Sigouin's (pronounced See-gway ) new label, Kaena (pronounced Ca-en-ah ), is showing off what should be one of California's new wine success stories—Grenache.

Blogs  :  Claudine Pépin

Being on Television With My Father

Posted: December 12, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

Lots of people have asked me what it was like to do the shows with "the Dad." Well, I would tell them, it was like being at home, but someone else does the dishes, and I get in trouble in front of a few million people instead of just my mom.

Blogs  :  Marvin R. Shanken's Blog

What's New in Wine

Posted: December 11, 2006  By Marvin R. Shanken

Coca-Cola buys Monterey Vineyard Bottle of Wine Sells for $28,000 President serves California wines to the Chinese Premier And the foremost consulting enologist in Bordeaux says, “Winemaking is the work of an artist.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Santa Barbara Winery Calls Foul

Posted: December 11, 2006  By James Laube

He might be a hero to fans of Two-Buck Chuck, but there's a reason Fred Franzia has a bad boy reputation in wine circles—he knows how to stir things up. For years, Napa Valley vintners battled the feisty owner of Bronco Wine Co.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Real Monster Palate in My House

Posted: December 11, 2006  By James Molesworth

I've created a monster. A monster palate, that is. The problem is, it's not mine—it's my wife's. When we first met, she was a wine lover—but not a discriminating one. Her wine fridge was full of mostly cookie-cutter California Chardonnay.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Do Wineries Cheat to Win Accolades?

Posted: December 8, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

It's a question that dogs all of us who review and rate wines for a living. Are the wines we taste the same ones you can buy? After all, how easy would it be for an unscrupulous winery to keep a small lot of extra-specially good stuff to bottle up and submit to reviewers and wine competitions? Plenty easy, as a recent scandal in New Zealand proves.

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