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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Conseillante's Subtle Seduction

Posted: April 25, 2007  By James Suckling

I am breathing Pomerol at the moment. I went to a dinner and tasting of La Conseillante last night in London put on by wine merchants Farr Vintners, and I was really impressed. I have to say that I have always liked La Conseillante, but it has never really turned me on that much.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Chapoutier in Australia

Posted: April 25, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

In the northern Rhône, some of the best-known wineries are right in town. In Burgundy and Bordeaux, even in the southern Rhône, most of the wines are made in village or rural settings. But in Tain-l'Hermitage, such famous names as Chave and Chapoutier built their wineries smack in the middle of houses and offices.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Right Bank Supernova

Posted: April 24, 2007  By James Suckling

I was lucky enough to drink -- not taste -- a number of other impressive wines during my 2006 barrel tasting marathon in Bordeaux about a month ago, besides the 1961 L’Église-Clinet that I blogged about yesterday.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

And Now for Something Completely Different

Posted: April 23, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

In Barossa, Robert O'Callaghan has attained icon status. And he's done it by steadfastly holding on to a way of life and a way or making wine that, frankly, is out of step with today's world. "I'm a link to a world we don't know," he says, leaning over a long wooden table that dominates his office at Rockford.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

Growing Pains, Part 1: The Bad News

Posted: April 23, 2007  By Maynard James Keenan

Q: What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back? A: A stick. And that's exactly what I have planted on the majority of my lower vineyards. Winter kill and late frost have kicked my vines right in the huevos.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Tough Choices in the Vineyards and Gardens

Posted: April 23, 2007  By James Laube

As I drove through Napa Valley last week, I couldn’t help but marvel at the new leafing vines. The color of the leaves--a brilliant lime-greenish hue--was amazing. I also couldn’t help but notice that every single vineyard seemed to be trained and trellised and positioned in a different manner.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Great Wines With No New Barrels

Posted: April 23, 2007  By James Suckling

I was looking through one of my notebooks this morning for something. It was the same set of notes that I took during my trip to Bordeaux this spring to taste 2006 from barrel.  And I saw written down on one of the pages: "You don’t need new barrels to make great wine.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Last Bottle of a Great Wine

Posted: April 23, 2007  By James Molesworth

It was Saturday, and Nancy and I had spent the day cleaning out the vegetable garden from under a pile of dead leaves. We even took advantage of the early summer-like weather to sow a few rows of beets, beans and lettuce.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Understanding Australia: Cricket

Posted: April 22, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

On the theory that you can't understand a nation unless you understand the sports it plays, I have been watching the cricket matches on Australian television. They are on late at night because they are playing the World Cup matches in the Caribbean, which is on the other side of the world.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Pinot Grigio? Si, Grazie!

Posted: April 20, 2007  By James Suckling

I had a quick pasta carbonara with my children tonight, Jack and Isabel. They are over in Tuscany for spring break from England. And I popped the cork on a 2005 Schiopetto Collio Pinot Grigio to go with the pasta.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Bounty Hunter Offers its Line of Wines

Posted: April 20, 2007  By James Laube

When a wine marketer who is also a retailer turns winemaker, you hope he knows enough about what style of wine will sell and at what price points. Mark Pope of the Bounty Hunter, an online fine-wine purveyor and hip wine bar-bistro in downtown Napa, has released a new line of Napa Valley Cabernets and a Cabernet Franc under his label, Waypoint.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

2007 in the Barossa

Posted: April 19, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

The vines don't look so bad, considering that Australia is suffering its worst drought in memory. The grapes have been picked, for the most part. A warm autumn continues with temperatures in the 70s and 80s under clear skies.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Living the American Dream in Sonoma

Posted: April 19, 2007  By James Laube

Ulises Valdez has an infectious enthusiasm for winegrowing. “My heart is in the vines,” he says with a bright smile as his racy 2006 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc is poured, showing zesty citrus and lemon-lime flavors.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Year's Worth of Blogging

Posted: April 18, 2007  By James Molesworth

The 21st of April marks a hardly-momentous anniversary in the wine world—the one-year anniversary of my blog. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when Marvin asked his senior editors for blog volunteers.

Blogs  :  Jean-Guillaume Prats

Time to Set Prices for 2006

Posted: April 18, 2007  By Jean-Guillaume Prats

The ambiance is calming down in Bordeaux. After tasting at hundreds of châteaus, the wine trade has departed from Bordeaux and the producers are desperately waiting to find out where to go with the prices of their respective 2006s.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Two-Buck Makes Millions

Posted: April 18, 2007  By James Laube

Selling wine for $2 a bottle doesn’t seem like an easy way to make money and probably isn’t—until you look more closely at the numbers. Yesterday, as Fred Franzia toasted Two-Buck Chuck’s fifth birthday at his winery in Napa, he talked green, green and greener.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Luxury Timepieces and Luxury 1982 Claret

Posted: April 18, 2007  By James Suckling

I just received an e-mail from a London wine merchant, offering a nice selection of cases of trophy 1982 Bordeaux— Latour , $25,680; Mouton , $17,200; Lafite , $30,060; Margaux , $16,050; and Haut-Brion , $11,500.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Items From the Australian Wine Trail

Posted: April 18, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

In between tasting wines, some new, some old, most of them pretty darn good, I picked up these bits and pieces of interest to those of us who follow Australian wine. Brian Croser Goes for Pinot: Brian Croser has a 400-head sheep farm near Tunkalilla, way down the Fleurieu Peninsula on the ocean (below McLaren Vale) where he has planted a few acres of Pinot Noir because it reminds him of the Sonoma Coast.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Antinori's Long View Slowly Unfolding in California

Posted: April 17, 2007  By James Laube

Piero Antinori’s seemingly forgotten Napa Valley wine venture, Antica, is a work-in-progress that's slowly taking shape. This week he's in town to chart the next phase, and yesterday we discussed a wide range of subjects.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Whirlwind Wine Scene L.A. Style

Posted: April 16, 2007  By James Laube

Friday the 13th proved anything but unlucky for a wide-open wine weekend in windswept Los Angeles. The occasion: My good friend Greg Gorman closed one of his photo studios in Hollywood on Saturday night, with 600 of his closest friends, among them Raquel Welch, Ricki Lake, Macy Gray, Eva Mendes, Audrey Wells, Katherine Bigelow and Wolfgang Puck.

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