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My Wine Draft ...

Posted: May 2, 2006  By James Molesworth

With the NFL draft a slowly fading memory (I’m still trying to figure out why my Jets drafted down with Chad Jackson and LenDale White still on the board) I thought I’d try my hand at a “wine draft.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

No Faith or Fed Up?

Posted: May 2, 2006  By James Suckling

ROME -- I am boarding a plane from Rome to New York for the Wine Spectator Grand Tour tonight, and I just read James Hannan’s remark about Bordeaux. I am scratching my head a bit. I have the same idea about how Bordeaux represents relatively good value, even many of the top wines, and it doesn’t seem that many people understand this.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Winemaker in Charge of PR...

Posted: May 1, 2006  By James Molesworth

Winemaker Susana Balbo (who along with her husband, viticulturalist Pedro Marchesvky, owns Dominio del Plata in Argentina) has taken over as president of Wines of Argentina, the trade organization which handles public relations for Argentine wineries.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

"Where Are We Going" with 1988 Latour?

Posted: April 30, 2006  By James Suckling

VENICE – Woke up this morning to cold and wet weather that resembled winter. What happened to the spring? I am surprised I haven’t caught a cold. I got back to the apartment I was renting at about 1:30 a.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Record Cabernet Price?

Posted: April 28, 2006  By James Laube

How does a wine get priced at $265 a bottle? One way is to pay $26,500 a ton for the grapes. Paul Hobbs stopped by my office in Napa today to taste two of his 2003 Cabernets. He’s going to be on my Expressions of Napa Valley Cabernet panel at this year’s California Wine Experience, and we wanted to taste two wines he was considering pouring.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Consider the Oyster—and the Wine

Posted: April 28, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

I reach for another cold, succulent Kumamoto oyster. It sits there taunting me, glistening in its cup-like shell over crushed ice. I have already consumed about three dozen of its brothers, all in a quest to determine which of 20 wines work best with them.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Stupidity, Greed or Does It Matter?

Posted: April 28, 2006  By James Suckling

The European wine trade has been talking a lot about the massive price increase for the 2005 wine from St. Emilion estate of Quinault L'Enclos. I am not sure what price it was sold to the Bordeaux wine trade, but in England it appears to be going for about 250 Sterling a case, or $450.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Zurich Tasting Tales

Posted: April 28, 2006  By James Suckling

I organized a lunch yesterday with some wine trade and collector friends in Zurich in what is one of the best Italian restaurants in the city – Ristorante La Rocca. Most of the invitees brought along some interesting bottles to try.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Playing A Game With Wine...

Posted: April 27, 2006  By James Molesworth

Burgundy is hot. It’s en fuego. So hot, it’s becoming a better investment than classified Bordeaux. The Sideways phenomenon helped turned American wine drinkers into Pinot Noir lovers, and recent good vintages have kept the train rolling.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Got Tasting Group?

Posted: April 27, 2006  By James Molesworth

My tasting group worked its way through a bunch of wines the other night. Two German Rieslings got everyone ready – crackling, live-wire wines from the tremendous ’01 vintage: • 2001 Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger Sonnenuhr • 2001 Joh.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

My Lunch with Hugh Johnson

Posted: April 26, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Hugh Johnson, the venerable English wine writer, came to town to flog his new book, a memoir. UC Press had sent me Hugh Johnson: A Life Uncorked a few weeks earlier, and it was sitting on my desk at the office when I got an e-mail at home from a local publicist asking if I wanted to meet Johnson for lunch the next day.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

My First Experience with 2005 Germans

Posted: April 26, 2006  By James Suckling

Just tasted a tiny selection of some 2005 Mosels and...WOW. I am in Zurich for a couple of days, and my friend Beat Caduff, of Caduff's Wine Loft, served us some killer Rieslings. He says that 2005 is the best vintage he has ever tasted in the 15 years he has been traveling to Germany to taste young wines from vat and cask.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Still Waiting...

Posted: April 26, 2006  By James Molesworth

White varieties, along with early ripening reds such as Merlot, are all mostly picked. But Chilean vintners are in a holding pattern right now with their harvest running late for Cabernet Sauvignon (the country's lead varietal), most of which is still hanging on the vine.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Timeless Zinfandel

Posted: April 25, 2006  By James Laube

Mayacamas Vineyards released its 1970 Napa Valley Zinfandel this month for $100 a bottle, and no, that’s not a typo on the vintage date. “Even more amazing,” says owner Bob Travers, “this is not a re-release, for we have never sold this wine before.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

One Bad Apple...

Posted: April 25, 2006  By James Molesworth

My friends went to dinner the other night and ordered the ’99 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the sommelier. The sommelier then presented a bottle of ’00 without noting the difference in vintage.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

More Half Bottles!

Posted: April 25, 2006  By James Suckling

From all of your comments , half bottles are a good thing. AND I COULDN’T AGREE MORE. What you should consider is buying en primeur, or futures, of Bordeaux, Port and anything else on offer. This usually enables you to order what bottle size you want, from mega sizes such as imperials to half bottles.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Tastings and Test Drives

Posted: April 24, 2006  By James Laube

Two items have risen to the top of today’s to-do list. No. 1 is work-related -- wrapping up our annual Chardonnay report. It is by far the easier of the two assignments. Each year, I taste roughly 400 new Chardonnays.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A16 Chef Leaves

Posted: April 24, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Christophe Hille has left his position as chef of A16, one of the hottest Italian restaurants in San Francisco. I featured him in my recent Wine Spectator survey on Italian cuisine in the United States.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

How Big IS That Wine List?

Posted: April 24, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

I get a chuckle out of restaurants that play games with the design of their menus and wine lists. They surround certain items with frames, or print them in bigger type, the typographical equivalent to waving their arms and hollering, "Pick me!" I always wonder if they're doing it to guide us to the best stuff or the most profitable.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Items From Down Under

Posted: April 24, 2006  By James Molesworth

A few items from my beats… • At Matetic , which has been impressive in its first few years, another young winemaker is taking over. Paula Cardenas, 33, will be replacing Rodrigo Soto when the harvest finishes up.

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