Posted: February 25, 2015 By Tim Fish
Yes, friends, it's tax time. Those of you expecting a refund have no doubt already filed and perhaps have received a check by now, and the rest of us, quite candidly, hate your stinking guts.
With all the hardworking Americans writing big fat checks to the government, there may not be a lot of cash left for the necessities … you know, like wine. Not to worry. I've put together a case of terrific wines that cost $25 or less and also have good availability. That's a rare combo these days.
Posted: February 24, 2015 By James Molesworth
Last night I attended the In Pursuit Of Balance (IPOB) tasting held in New York. The consumer portion ($125), a 3-hour walkaround tasting, featured more than 30 wineries pouring Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
Posted: February 24, 2015 By MaryAnn Worobiec
It's 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. I'm standing in a huge room with a couple hundred other wine lovers and just as many barrel samples. My mouth is dry, my cheeks feeling the tug of tannins. My right index finger is stained purple—a side effect of people pouring wine into my glass as I'm still extending it.
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Posted: February 23, 2015 By Robert Camuto
Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto visits Laurent Macle in France's Jura, where Macle's traditional Burgundy-style Chardonnays are very out of the ordinary in the land of vin jaune.
Posted: February 20, 2015 By James Laube
There was a time when currency exchange rates created a bonanza for American wine drinkers. My first real exposure to the benefits of a strong dollar occurred in the mid-1980s, when the dollar bought the equivalent of 10 French francs. The fanciest of French wines became bargains for American wine drinkers.
Posted: February 19, 2015 By Robert Taylor
Wine Spectator assistant managing editor Robert Taylor looks at the ways television and the media have influenced our eating and drinking habits, from ABC's Scandal and Bethenny Frankel to Julia Child and Orson Welles.
Posted: February 19, 2015 By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman visits the annual WineAustralia tasting in San Francisco to get a look at what American consumers haven't had a chance to taste, and highlights some of the best Australian wines we might be seeing soon.
Posted: February 18, 2015 By Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson is in France, visiting domaines and tasting the recent vintages of red and white Burgundies. WineSpectator.com members can read his scores and tasting notes. Today he continues with more scores and tasting notes from Bouchard Père & Fils.
Posted: February 18, 2015 By Tim Fish
WineSpectator.com members: Read senior editor Tim Fish's scores and tasting notes for a vertical of Richard Arrowood's Sonoma Cabernets from Chateau St. Jean and Arrowood going back to 1975.
Posted: February 13, 2015 By Harvey Steiman
Who would expect to find one of America's great restaurants hidden in the basement of a big shopping center in Honolulu? The archway entrance in the middle of the Ala Moana Shopping Center's lower parking level makes it feel like sneaking into a very fancy speakeasy. The meal I had there last week left me dazzled.
Posted: February 13, 2015 By Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson is in France, visiting domaines and tasting the recent vintages of red and white Burgundies. WineSpectator.com members can read his scores and tasting notes. Today he continues with more scores and tasting notes from Domaine Jean Grivot.
Posted: February 12, 2015 By Ben O'Donnell
With Americans developing a taste in red Loire wines and winemakers around the world discovering the pleasures of the variety, Cabernet Franc is poised to become the next big thing among enophiles.
Posted: February 11, 2015 By Tim Fish
The Sonoma County dining scene isn't like any place else. Chefs were doing farm to table back in the 1980s, long before it was de rigueur, and somehow over the years they've managed to keep it real. The chefs here hangout with farmers and the winemakers are connected to the land and the kitchen. Here are four new restaurants Sonoma diners are excited about.
Posted: February 11, 2015 By James Laube
WineSpectator.com members: Read James Laube's scores and tasting notes for 7 vintages of Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noirs.
Posted: February 10, 2015 By MaryAnn Worobiec
My colleague Harvey Steiman's recent blog posts about pairing wine and coffee reminded me of a story about the intersection of wine and coffee in my own life. One of our neighbors across the street invited us over for a beer. In his kitchen was the biggest, fanciest espresso maker I've ever seen. He was completely obsessed with coffee, and after chatting a while, he suggested I stop by a coffee tasting, or "cupping," at a local coffee importer and roaster that's open on the weekends.
Posted: February 9, 2015 By James Laube
I've kept track of most of my wine expenditures over the years for tax records, and I've come to see those costs in the light of the wines I didn't drink: Saving and wasting are connected. If you buy more wine than you drink and let bottles slide over the hill, that's wasted money.
Posted: February 9, 2015 By Robert Camuto
Among Provence winemakers, Henning and Sylvain Hoesch are close to being heretics. The father and son have made wine for a combined 40 years at Domaine Richeaume on the west flanks of Montagne Sainte-Victoire, just east of Aix-en-Provence, but they've shunned the local rosé tradition in favor of exciting, full-bodied reds.
Posted: February 6, 2015 By Harvey Steiman
Has anyone ever put together an eight-course menu in which every dish involves coffee—and mostly without using the beans themselves or the drink made from them? Frank Kramm, the chef at Daylight Mind, my cousin's ambitious coffee bar, café, restaurant and coffee school in Kona, Hawaii, creatively pureed the coffee fruit itself to flavor a butter, burned chaff from roasting the beans to smoke roast duck, and sprinkled coffee-flavored salt over slices of raw fish. We paired the dishes with Roederer Champagne Cristal, Château Margaux, Beaux Fréres Pinot Noir and a Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise.
Posted: February 5, 2015 By Mitch Frank
Last week, Adam and Dianna Lee signed a deal selling Siduri, which produces 20,000 cases of California Pinot Noir a year, and Novy, a 5,000-case brand, to Jackson Family Wines—which owns more than two dozen wineries. Neither side will talk price, but based on other recent deals, we're talking tens of millions of dollars.
Some days, it feels like there are no small wineries left in California. Of course that's not true, but I'm often editing news of a larger wine company swallowing a smaller one.
Posted: February 4, 2015 By Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson is in France, visiting domaines and tasting the recent vintages of red and white Burgundies. WineSpectator.com members can read his scores and tasting notes. Today he continues with more scores and tasting notes from Domaine Leroy.
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