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.
Posted: May 26, 2006 By James Suckling
CATANIA, ITALY: I had a fantastic dinner last night in a restaurant that felt like it was at the end of the earth. It was literally out in the middle of nowhere in Sicily, about two hours south of Catania in a town called Ragusa Ibla, a beautiful ancient city with an almost Spanish colonial feel to it.
Posted: May 26, 2006 By James Laube
There’s a thread on another Web site discussing the pros and cons of blind tasting. A reader sent me a clip from that dialogue citing one comment that blind tasting is “vastly overrated.” Really? Maybe the person meant "vastly underappreciated.
Posted: May 26, 2006 By James Molesworth
Concha y Toro is big – millions of cases big. But the winery is also committed to quality. Its Casa Concha line offers terrific value, while its higher-end wines are impressive. I sat down with one of the family owners, Isabel Guilisasti, and one of the winemakers, Ignacio Recabarren.
Posted: May 25, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
Thomas Keller's newest restaurant, scheduled to open in July, is going to feature home cooking. At least for now. Keller expects to revamp the whole thing next spring. In March, when the chef-owner of America's most-lauded restaurant bought another space a few blocks away from his original, no one could quite figure out what he was going to do with it.
Posted: May 25, 2006 By James Laube
Too bad Julio Gallo is no longer with us. I’d love to know his thoughts on two pressing industry issues -- closures and vintage dates. The late, great winemaker, who with his brother Ernest built E. & J.
Posted: May 24, 2006 By James Laube
Ridge Monte Bello 1971. It won first place at both the Napa and London tastings staged today. In second place was Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973, which was the big winner the first time the comparative tasting of Cabernet-based wines from Bordeaux and California was held in Paris in 1976.
Posted: May 23, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
For years, Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was the gold standard for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It's still good, but, for the past couple of vintages, a different wine has jumped out at me from my blind tastings as the most dramatic, most complete and harmonious of them all.
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