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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Does Everybody Want Pinot Noir in the Big Apple?

Posted: May 4, 2006  By James Suckling

NEW YORK -- Had dinner last night at Gramercy Tavern – one of my favorite restaurants in New York -- with another senior editor of the magazine, Dana Nigro, and we drank a bottle of 1999 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Marin County.

Blogs  :  Marvin R. Shanken's Blog

A Perplexing Restaurant Question: What's the Correct Tip on Wine?

Posted: May 3, 2006  By Marvin R. Shanken

Last week, a friend of mine went out to dinner with two friends to a high-end casual restaurant in New York City. They all ordered appetizers, a main course, coffee and dessert. The food part of the bill was about $300.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Cabernet Flashbacks

Posted: May 2, 2006  By James Suckling

NEW YORK -- I had a glass of the 2000 Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on my American Airlines flight from Rome to New York, and it brought back fond memories. The wine in my glass was good quality with currant bush, mushroom and chocolate aromas.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Quilceda Creek Loses Its Grip--and That's a Good Thing

Posted: May 2, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

Although I returned from Washington a few weeks ago, I am still thinking about my visit with the Golitzin family at their Quilceda Creek winery. This has always ranked among the best Washington wines, but no winery's style has evolved quite so dramatically.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

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.

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