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Holding the Bag of 2005 Bordeaux

Posted: June 14, 2006  By James Suckling

One of the big problems with 2005 futures could be the following as pointed out in a comment in my blog by Karl Mark of Geneva, Illinois: "I seem to think that the US retailers will be the ones who take a hit on the 2005 Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Are Super-Sized Bottles Necessary?

Posted: June 13, 2006  By James Laube

Received a note from a reader recently, indicating that one of my favorite Pinot Noir producers was downsizing -- going to smaller bottles. What a relief. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to take a weight-lifting class just to hoist a bottle and pour.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Ask the Editors

Posted: June 13, 2006  By James Molesworth

Now it's my turn to sit in the hot seat on our "Ask the Editors" blog. My tasting beats are the Rhône and Loire valleys, along with Chile, Argentina and South Africa, so fire away—answers will start appearing on Wednesday.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Straight Dope on Screwcaps

Posted: June 13, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

James Molesworth pressed a hot button in his blog when he asked how his readers felt about screwcaps. The responses are running strongly in favor of screwcaps, but a few misapprehensions are also popping up.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

2005 Bordeaux Jitters

Posted: June 13, 2006  By James Suckling

Just spoke to a couple of Bordeaux traders and they said that they were not sure how to price their 2005 Haut-Brion. Apparently the chateau only released a small quantity of the 2005 on the market yesterday, and the lion’s share is going to be sold in a new bid system, whereby merchants send their bids to negociants.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Tale of Two Cellars

Posted: June 13, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 9, June 11: Sunday I had one appointment, but it encompassed two domaines and one négociant operation. Etienne de Montille runs both his family domaine, De Montille , and manages the Château de Puligny-Montrachet.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Diving for Lunch

Posted: June 12, 2006  By James Laube

Made my first two dives into the frigid Pacific Ocean over the weekend in search of abalone. The two forays could hardly have been more different. On Saturday afternoon, when I arrived at my friend Greg’s place in Mendocino, off Salmon Creek, my enthusiasm got the better of me.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Cork vs. Screw Cap: A Culture Clash

Posted: June 12, 2006  By James Molesworth

Just spoke to the one of the co-owners of a major Chilean winery, who related this interesting tidbit of info. They were thinking of  moving to screwcap closure for some of their whites, and their Australian distributor said if they did, they would double their order.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Australian Wine Countdown

Posted: June 12, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Sometimes I get a little silly in the middle of a tasting, not from the alcohol (I don't know about you, but I'm spitting) but probably from trying to concentrate too hard. So I take the bag off a wine, and the label is "Five Geese.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Fat and Sassy Goose

Posted: June 12, 2006  By James Suckling

The American-owned first growth Haut-Brion opened the 2005 futures market today by more than doubling its price from the year before and selling its wine for 200 Euros to the Bordeaux trade. And apparently the world can’t get enough.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Another World

Posted: June 12, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 8, June 10: This day, I journeyed to another world, the Maconnais. I fell in love with the rolling hills, steep valleys and the imposing limestone outcroppings, the most famous of which is Le Solutré.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

TGIF

Posted: June 11, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 7, June 9: I went to Domaine Jean Grivot , which consists of 40 acres spread over 18 different vineyards. Though the estate is not organic, Etienne Grivot farms his land thoughtfully and prefers a combination of young, old and very old vines in each site.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Killing the Goose

Posted: June 10, 2006  By James Suckling

Do you know the story about the goose that laid the golden egg? Well, Bordeaux appears to be killing the goose through greed. The goose, of course, is the consumer, and I just don’t think that the market will bear horrendous price increases for 2005 futures.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Sunday Dinner After the Opera

Posted: June 9, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

A few months ago, Oregon winemaker Harry Peterson-Nedry called with an idea that went right to my heart. A charity auction he was involved in wanted to offer a weekend in San Francisco that would include two performances at the San Francisco Opera and dinner at Jardinière.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Tour of the Côte de Beaune

Posted: June 9, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

This trip is my first impression of the 2005 red and white Burgundies. But it is an impression, and it’s important to remember that these are still unfinished wines. They have another 7 or 8 months to mature in barrel before being assembled for bottling.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

All Nuits, All Day

Posted: June 8, 2006  By Bruce Sanderson

Day 5, June 7: As it turned out, my 3 appointments are all in Nuits-St.-Georges. And, as in my previous visits, I tasted all the wines non-blind in the cellars. The Liger-Belair family began in the wine business in 1720, but it wasn’t until 2002 that a family member made wines from the vineyards.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Coming Soon—The Keller Burger?

Posted: June 8, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

When super chef Thomas Keller announced he was opening a casual family restaurant in July down the street from his much-venerated French Laundry in Napa Valley, he said it was only temporary, until he unveiled a more permanent restaurant next year.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit Down with Viña Santa Ema and Kingston Family

Posted: June 8, 2006  By James Molesworth

Just a few days after Concha y Toro came in to show me their new small production Carmenère bottling , I met with Viña Santa Ema winemaker Andrés Sanhueza, and Kingston Family owners Courtney and Michael Kingston.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Crazy Prices in Bordeaux Hit a New High

Posted: June 8, 2006  By James Suckling

It had to happen. Château Malescot-St.-Exupéry, the Margaux wine estate, released its 2005 on the market today at more than double last year’s price. It went from about $18 a bottle from the chateau for the 2004 to about $38 for the 2005.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Ask the Editors

Posted: June 7, 2006  By James Laube

Starting today, for a 24-hour period ( this post is now closed to further questions ), I'll be taking my turn at "Ask the Editors." My tasting beat is California, but if you’ve got questions about other regions or about wine in general on which I can share my views, I’ll give it my best shot.

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