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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

When Cutting Volume Makes Financial Sense

Posted: January 19, 2007  By James Laube

Given the choice, most wineries would prefer to keep their production figures top secret. But we always reveal how many cases were made of each wine that we review, because we know you're interested in these numbers, and we are too.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Wanted in the Napa Valley Hills: A Glass of Red

Posted: January 19, 2007  By James Suckling

I may have considered killing someone for a glass of good red last night, and James Laube would have been my accomplice. The two of us went up to St. Helena to celebrate the 60th birthday of none other than Mr.

Blogs  :  Larry Stone's Blog

A Life-Changing Châteauneuf

Posted: January 19, 2007  By Larry Stone

Nearly all sommeliers are passionate about wine. They can even be militant about their own taste preferences, especially when they’re just starting out. Sometimes this can be misinterpreted as arrogance or high-pressure sales tactics.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Perhaps Wine Really Has Hit the Mainstream

Posted: January 19, 2007  By James Molesworth

We've all heard the news about how wine is growing in America. Stories about increased consumption, the new generation of wine drinkers, etc. But I'm always skeptical. That's because wine lovers are a vocal minority who tend to flock together, so all we see and hear is other wine lovers.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Napa, Beaune and California Pinot Noir

Posted: January 18, 2007  By James Suckling

I have been in Napa for a couple of days now, visiting the magazine’s office, and I have a strange déjà vu sort of feeling when I walk the streets of downtown, which is a rare enough activity for car-crazed Californians who seem to drive everywhere.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Close But No Levy & McClellan Yet

Posted: January 18, 2007  By James Laube

I had hoped to taste the first Levy & McClellan Napa Valley Cabernet today, and I came very close. But when Martha McClellan arrived in my office in Napa this morning, she was missing one thing—the 2004 barrel sample I wished to try.

Blogs  :  David Myers

Research in Japan

Posted: January 18, 2007  By David Myers

Although my next Los Angeles restaurant will be Comme Ça, a Parisian-style brasserie, I am also in the process of developing Sokyo, a Japanese restaurant. At Sokyo, the food will be prepared and served kappo style—that is, elegant small dishes prepared by cooks on one side of a counter and served to patrons on the other side, similar to a sushi counter or a high-end tapas bar.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Some Seriously Saucy Wine Labels

Posted: January 17, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Gotta hand it to those Aussies. Just when you think they're all falling over each other to reach a mass market by putting kangaroos, wombats, emus, geckos and other critters on their labels, they go and make you smile with something else.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Corky Wines Are Not Always Due to the Cork

Posted: January 17, 2007  By James Suckling

I tasted a couple dozen California reds yesterday with James Laube and Tim Fish in Wine Spectator 's Napa office, and I was struck by how many of the reds seemed slightly off or tainted. Most of the wines were Napa Valley Cabernets, but we also tasted Cabs from Sonoma.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

The Trimbach Way

Posted: January 17, 2007  By Bruce Sanderson

In today’s world where the emphasis is on instant gratification, the Alsace winery Trimbach is a throwback to another era. While most wineries are releasing wines from the 2005 vintage, Trimbach’s current releases of its top wines are from 2001.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Fond Farewell for an Old Pinot Noir

Posted: January 17, 2007  By James Laube

I figured that I’d never taste the 1991 Williams Selyem Summa Vineyard Pinot Noir again. It was a magical wine the two times I’d had it before, in the 1990s—a taste sensation that was an early introduction of what the Sonoma Coast could offer.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit-Down With Chilean Winemaker Sven Bruchfeld

Posted: January 17, 2007  By James Molesworth

I sat down with Sven Bruchfeld yesterday here in my New York office. Bruchfeld, 35, is of German descent, but he was born in Chile. He's now worked a dozen vintages there, with stints at Viña Errázuriz and MontGras.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

A Reunion in Athens, Greece

Posted: January 17, 2007  By Maynard James Keenan

The sun had already set when we flew into Athens. As I climbed out of the taxi and looked up the street from our hotel, there it was: the Parthenon. All lit up. Actually, it seemed to glow from the inside out.

Blogs  :  David Myers

Team-Building

Posted: January 16, 2007  By David Myers

My beliefs on team-building are a bit radical. I believe that, in order to achieve something great, people must be able to work together as if their lives depend on it. In a less extreme sense, they must trust each other unconditionally.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Continuum, Tim Mondavi's New Venture

Posted: January 16, 2007  By James Laube

Last Friday, Tim Mondavi was ready to show me the first Napa Cabernet Sauvignon he's worked on since leaving his family's Robert Mondavi Corp. in 2003. He poured a barrel sample of his new wine, the 2005 Continuum—a dark, rich, supple youngster that proves he hasn’t lost his touch with Cabernet.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

For the Love of Sake

Posted: January 15, 2007  By James Suckling

Sake: Are you as frustrated as I am with the stuff? I absolutely love sake, especially with great sashimi and sushi. I was at a supercool Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles this weekend that is completely off the radar.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Flaw? Or Complexity?

Posted: January 15, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

That flavor you hate in the wine but the guy next to you loves? To you, it's a flaw. To him, it's welcome complexity. Somehow, I'm not surprised that this topic came up in comments about Pinot Noir. I had written that I found some of the wines in a recent tasting green and earthy.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Understanding TCA Is a Steep Learning Curve

Posted: January 12, 2007  By James Laube

A couple of parting thoughts about this week’s discussion of TCA taint in wineries. I don't blame any of the wineries for what happened to their cellars and then to their wines. They are primarily victims of circumstance and are not inattentive or negligent vintners.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

Whose Wine Is It Anyway?

Posted: January 12, 2007  By Steven Page

Ah, the bittersweet end of a vacation--looking forward to getting back into the swing of things at home and on the road, but also sad about having to leave the Dionysian fantasy world of escape. This year, we did a whole lot of nothing: morning jogs (well, for me, it’s about a quarter jogging and three-quarters huffing and puffing), big meals, lots of wine and lazy days reading by the pool.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Pigs, Dom Pérignon and Nicaragua

Posted: January 11, 2007  By James Suckling

I bought the last two bottles of 1996 Dom Pérignon at the border of Honduras and Nicaragua. Doesn't that seem a little excessive? I got them at a bargain $120 a bottle. And 1996 is one of the best vintages ever.

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