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Posted: May 30, 2007 By James Laube
Michael Bonaccorsi’s untimely death in 2004 seemingly ended a most promising career. The 43-year-old master sommelier-turned-winemaker had just begun to realize his potential with a string of excellent vintages when a heart attack claimed his life.
Posted: May 30, 2007 By Rajat Parr
A friend of mine once told me, "Good food and good wine work best together." While this approach may seem simple and obvious, I believe it hides deeper shades of meaning. A large part of a sommelier’s job is pairing food and wine.
Posted: May 30, 2007 By James Suckling
A couple of weeks ago, a Milan-based company called WineTip put together a tasting of 2006 barrel samples from a handful of producers in Italy in hopes of promoting the idea of selling wines en primeur, or wine futures.
Posted: May 29, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
Dark clouds hang over Barossa Valley, which has seen no significant rain for months. The grapes are safely in the winery, and this mid-April afternoon holds the promise of a downpour to give the vines a much-needed drink.
Posted: May 29, 2007 By James Laube
If you’re heading to Auction Napa Valley next week, or you're planning on visiting the area this summer, it would be well worth your while to visit Daryl Sattui's new $30 million, 121,000-square-foot Castello di Amorosa.
Posted: May 25, 2007 By James Suckling
I was thinking about 2005 Bordeaux today for some reason. Maybe it’s because most of the top-name 2006s have not been released on the market as futures, and very few people are interested in the wines, except for wine merchants who have to safeguard their allocations? Who knows? Anyway, the 2005s are so impressive.
Posted: May 25, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
I just met two of the coolest guys in the wine business. They founded a company you have probably never heard of. And they throw great events, with some top-shelf châteaus and domaines from France. Laurens Delpech and Philippe Capdouze founded a company called FICOFI in 1990.
Posted: May 25, 2007 By James Molesworth
Thursday night is ‘date night’ for Nancy and me. The nanny stays late and we get a night to ourselves every Thursday, without fail. More often than not, we wind up dining out—she loves food and wine as much as I do.
Posted: May 24, 2007 By Rajat Parr
The New York Times ran an article recently about one of my favorite subjects, terroir. The article's subtitle claimed that it would "debunk" the "myth." That was an unfortunate way of putting it since that didn't necessarily appear to be the aim of the piece, which was written by Harold McGee and chef Daniel Patterson, who is a good friend of mine.
Posted: May 24, 2007 By James Laube
The subject of Bordeaux has crept into many conversations lately, and it seems to me that one thing that makes Bordeaux unique is that when the wines are young, and sold as futures, you can buy as much as you want.
Posted: May 24, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
I had never been to the National Restaurant Association's annual trade show in Chicago when I stepped onto the floor last weekend to take a look around. I had been invited to lead an educational panel of sommeliers to talk about what goes into building a winning wine list.
Posted: May 24, 2007 By James Suckling
I found some pieces of paper on my dresser this morning with tasting notes from the night of the Grand Tour in Vegas a few weeks ago, where I tasted some amazing wines. Of course, the hundreds of wonderful wines on pour were excellent enough, but I hooked up with some buddies from Zurich at Delmonico Steakhouse following the tasting.
Posted: May 23, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
Had a great time in Vegas. My friend and neighbor Tom Cook hooked me up with Alex, aka Alessandro Stratta, of the restaurant Alex at the Wynn Las Vegas. We had such a fantastic dinner that I had to go back a second night.
Posted: May 23, 2007 By James Suckling
I had dinner last night with some top red producers from Piedmont, including Luca Currado Vietti of Vietti , Alessandro Ceretto of Ceretto , Pio Boffa of Pio Cesare , and his nephew Cesare Benvenut. Much of the conversation was about the U.
Posted: May 22, 2007 By James Laube
Lance Baer, the owner-winemaker of Baer Winery in Woodinville, Wash., died early today due to complications from liver failure. Baer, 38, had been in Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland for the last two-and-a-half weeks, undergoing treatment for his liver ailment.
Posted: May 22, 2007 By James Laube
The owners of Paragon Vineyard in Edna Valley and the Tangent brand are hedging their bet on alternative white grapes, which is a good thing. This week the Niven family announced they had carved out 55 acres of Paragon to plant Albariño.
Posted: May 22, 2007 By James Suckling
On the way back from Cannes , I stopped in Piedmont to blind taste about 60 2004 Barbarescos. The results will be published on-line soon, and later in the magazine. It’s an outstanding vintage, producing wines with the richness and ripeness of 2000 and the freshness, structure and acidity of the 2001.
Posted: May 22, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
It's only coming up on its second anniversary, but Chicago's Alinea has become the foodies' darling. I have been reading about it and salivating since the hype began. I admired a couple of chef Grant Achatz 's stunning dishes at this year's Masters of Food and Wine , so Alinea was at the top of my list when I had a couple of days in Chicago this past weekend.
Posted: May 21, 2007 By James Laube
Earlier this year I wrote about a hot new wine , with a super winemaker pedigree and a supersonic price. Last week, I got to try the 2004 Levy McClellan Cabernet, and its sister vintage, the 2005, with the makers.
Posted: May 21, 2007 By Rajat Parr
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