Posted: May 9, 2007 By James Molesworth
Cabernet Franc is one of those grapes that gets no respect--even from people who know it's the grape in Cheval-Blanc. Have your wine buddies over and tell them you’ve got some Château Cheval-Blanc in the house, and they won’t prevent you from pouring it.
Posted: May 9, 2007 By James Laube
Late Monday night in Chicago—after dinner at Japonais , which was excellent (especially the sushi entrées)—I checked into my room and flipped on the TV. I pushed a few buttons and ended up watching Extreme Bull Riding, on ESPN (I think), for a few minutes.
Posted: May 9, 2007 By Kim Marcus
Heading south, I stop first to taste and to tour the Hillinger winery near the small village of Jois. The winery is impressive for its modernistic approach; it appears almost like a cube, two stories set into a small hillside with huge picture windows on the upper floor affording magnificent views of the surrounding vineyards.
Posted: May 8, 2007 By James Laube
Today I’m in Chicago for tonight’s Grand Tour tasting. It’s at the Hyatt Regency and the weather is beautiful, headed into the 80s, they say, with clear blue skies and no wind. Should be perfect for an evening of wine tasting—a clear, fast track.
Posted: May 8, 2007 By Kim Marcus
My first trip to Austria’s wine regions begins in one of its most unknown corners. And I’m accompanied by a cosmopolitan trio. Not Austrian, but a pair of Portuguese winemakers and Dirk Niepoort of the Port- (and now table wine) making family in the Douro.
Posted: May 7, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
When I was in Australia last month, everyone in the wine industry was talking about three things: the current drought, forecasts for global climate change and the strength of the Aussie dollar. How it will all play out remains to be seen.
Posted: May 7, 2007 By James Suckling
Grand Tours are great events. There are so many excellent wines to taste and many of the owners and winemakers are there to taste with and talk to. But a lot of the action also takes place before and after the main event.
Posted: May 4, 2007 By Kim Marcus
Hello. I'm Wine Spectator managing editor Kim Marcus. This is my first blog, and it should be a fascinating excursion given that it will record the observations of my first trip to the wine regions of Austria.
Posted: May 4, 2007 By James Suckling
Tuscans need steak; that’s all there is to it. Florentine vintner Lamberto Frescobaldi was in Los Angeles at the same time I was before heading off for Las Vegas for the Grand Tour , so I told him we should pick up a rib eye with the bone at one of my favorites in La La, Carlito’s Gardel, the Argentinean restaurant on Melrose.
Posted: May 3, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
Now that I'm back from Australia, I've compiled the following small but quirky list of highs and lows: Most Pleasant Surprise: Would you believe a serious Australian Merlot? Clarendon Hills Brookman Vineyard 2005, a supple, perfumy, languid mouthful of dark chocolate–infused currant and plum flavors hints at black tea on the very long and amazingly generous finish.
Posted: May 3, 2007 By James Molesworth
It’s always fun sitting down with Santiago Achával, of Achával-Ferrer in Mendoza, Argentina's largest wine-growing region. He’s enthusiastic about his wines, and he should be: His single vineyard Malbec bottlings are among Argentina’s best wines.
Posted: May 3, 2007 By James Laube
Those traveling to Napa this summer should make a point of dining at La Toque, while Sonoma visitors should try Cyrus. Cyrus (www.cyrusrestaurant.com) is an upscale restaurant near Healdsburg Plaza. I had my first meal there last week, and chef Douglas Keane's culinary wizardry exceeded my expectations.
Posted: May 3, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
I believe we have a plan. I'll get into that in a moment. Chances are this whole situation with the frost-killed vines is partially our fault. So first, a little back-story might help you at this point.
Posted: May 3, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator ’s Grand Tour kicked off this past weekend in Atlantic City, the first of three venues. I drove from New York with my colleagues James Suckling and Dana Nigro, anticipating an evening of tasting some great wines.
Posted: May 3, 2007 By James Suckling
I was drinking some strong coffee this morning and checking out our Forums when this posting in Wine Conversations interested me: Most Embarrassing Wine Moment. Where do I begin? You probably think that I never have them, being a wine expert of varying degrees.
Posted: April 30, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
"Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to show me a great Aussie Cabernet to drink with these steaks," I say to my dining partner, Jeremy Oliver, one of Australia's leading wine writers. We are at The Point in Melbourne, where he has been consulting with the owners to improve their wine list.
Posted: April 30, 2007 By James Suckling
A cute, petite blonde was staring at me at the Grand Tour in Atlantic City. She obviously wanted to say something to me but felt embarrassed, so I walked over and said hello. “Hi,” I said to her. “You having fun tonight?” “How do you figure out what to taste here?” she asked with a pretty smile.
Posted: April 30, 2007 By James Laube
Here’s an item to clip and save. You never hear predictions about a harvest, or a vintage, five months before a grape is picked (because anything could happen in the meantime). But thanks to winemaker Scott McLeod of Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, we have something to ponder between now and harvest.
Posted: April 30, 2007 By James Molesworth
Golf this weekend was an adventure—and not the 100-swings-of-the-club, looking-in-the-trees-all-day kind either. It was a fun adventure, with a sense of mystery thrown in. That’s because one of my golfing buddies finally twisted my arm enough to get me to play Grossinger’s up in the Catskills.
Posted: April 27, 2007 By James Suckling
I am in New York, on the way to the Grand Tour in Atlantic City on Saturday, but I am thinking about an amazing dinner I was lucky enough to attend at a friend’s house in London. Canadian Philip Renaud is a big time wine lover, with an extensive cellar, and he is a great lover of Sassicaia , the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Tuscan costal area of Bolgheri.
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