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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

All That Dedication in 2006

Posted: March 30, 2007  By James Suckling

“The problem is that they believe that their 2006 is a great wine,” said one négociant, with a number of well-known wine estates under his control. The thought is sort of scary. I think a lot of producers have convinced themselves that they have made great wines in 2006.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

How the Internet Has Changed Dining

Posted: March 30, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

The Internet has made it easy to get quick information that used to take days, even weeks, to acquire. With fast, always-on connections now the norm, it's the first source I check when I need to find something fast.

Blogs  :  Larry Stone's Blog

Final Confessions of a Merlot Lover

Posted: March 29, 2007  By Larry Stone

This is my farewell blog. I want to thank Wine Spectator for giving me a few pages to express myself on, but it is time to go. I have not really exhausted my subject, but other obligations call me. I have come to an even greater respect for writers and bloggers everywhere after attempting to keep up with the demands of writing a feature regularly for even a couple of months.

Blogs  :  Jean-Guillaume Prats

Reflections on Vintage 2006

Posted: March 29, 2007  By Jean-Guillaume Prats

I would like to answer Daniel, Tom and others who have questioned me about the challenges encountered by Cos-d’Estournel with the 2006 vintage. The growing season was marked by unusual weather conditions in which the hand of man in the vineyards was more than ever fundamental.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Don't Always Swing at the First Pitch

Posted: March 29, 2007  By James Laube

A long, long, long time ago, when I had just started writing about wine, I typed (on a typewriter) a piece for a now-defunct magazine about the importance of getting on wineries’ mailing lists. In the article, I wrote that I enjoyed reading the newsletters.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Message in the Bottle, or Barrel

Posted: March 29, 2007  By James Suckling

I keep hearing wine producers in Bordeaux using the word “great” or “classic” for 2006, and I just can’t understand it. Maybe one could say that his or her 2006 was a great wine or that it was classic in style.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Steven Page

On the Way Home

Posted: March 28, 2007  By Steven Page

The Barenaked Ladies’ most recent tour is winding down. And so, I’m sad to say, is my time as a guest blogger on WineSpectator.com. After a few weeks in the U.K., we’ll be heading back home to Canada.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Lost in Italy? Let Kramer Be Your Driver

Posted: March 28, 2007  By James Laube

I first caught wind of Matt Kramer ’s new book on Italian wine last September when I was traveling through Tuscany. I was tasting as many wines as I comfortably could—and time and again wondering how to figure out all of their idiosyncrasies and nuances of the wines and regions and reading back labels that didn't tell you much.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Classic Beauty in the Médoc, and a Little Flamboyance Too

Posted: March 28, 2007  By James Suckling

The beat goes on…. I went to about a dozen wineries yesterday, and blind-tasted a few dozen other wines as well at the Café Lavinal in Pauillac. And I found a number of excellent wines. One was absolutely sensational! I keep thinking to myself how Bordeaux must have the largest concentration of great winemakers in the world.

Blogs  :  Jean-Guillaume Prats

I've Got Mail

Posted: March 27, 2007  By Jean-Guillaume Prats

I thank you, the readers of this blog, for your many comments. I’ve gathered some of my responses together for your consideration. Many readers have complained about Bordeaux prices, especially with the 2005 vintage.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Following in His Parents' Footsteps

Posted: March 27, 2007  By James Laube

John Anthony isn’t using his last name on his wine label for obvious reasons: Truchard is already taken by Jo Ann and Tony, his parents, for their vineyard and winery in Carneros. Truth is, John, 34, is intent on making his name and reputation without trading off of theirs, which is already well-known to many wine drinkers.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Memories You've Had, or the Wines Yet to Be Enjoyed?

Posted: March 27, 2007  By James Molesworth

I'm finally back in the office this week after my trip to South Africa. There's nothing like digging out from all those e-mails and messages that stack up while you're gone. Of course, I should consider myself lucky that I didn't have to dig out from the snowstorm that hit New York while I was enjoying the sunny Cape! I was still in a South African mood this past weekend with the family, so I opened up bottles of the 2003 and 2004 de Trafford Shiraz, which went great with a simple, roasted rack of lamb.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Echoes from the Streets (and Cellars) of the Médoc

Posted: March 27, 2007  By James Suckling

While visiting various châteaus in the Médoc yesterday, I was speaking to Bordeaux wine merchant Pierre Lawton of Alias about his customers' perceptions of 2006. He said that many already thought that the vintage was disgusting and too expensive.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Appellation Madness in California

Posted: March 26, 2007  By James Laube

Do California vintners have their own case of March Madness? In Santa Barbara, vintners in the Happy Canyon area are finalizing a petition to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in support of dividing the region into subappellations.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Of Steaks and Barrels

Posted: March 26, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

I wonder if the same purists who decry wines that show too much oak feel the same way about their steaks. That came to mind as I interviewed Tom Colicchio, the chef and owner of Craftsteak in New York and Las Vegas, whose cooking methods for beef have generated some flack.

Blogs  :  Jean-Guillaume Prats

On Arrogance

Posted: March 26, 2007  By Jean-Guillaume Prats

"Arrogance is exactly why people are fed up with the Bordelais such as yourself." This is the comment made by Peter in one of my Wine Spectator blogs. Perhaps. As a Frenchman, I am very happy to debate this.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Dinner Party Chatter in Bordeaux

Posted: March 26, 2007  By James Suckling

"You can't make a great wine every year, or at least as great as 2005," I said last night to a number of château owners during a cool dinner party at the house of wine merchant Pierre Lawton and his wife, Sophie, in Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

No Substitute for Experience When Judging Wines

Posted: March 23, 2007  By James Laube

Being comfortable grading or rating wines takes time and experience. It took me years of tasting before I felt fully confident about assessing wines and describing them, and even now, I come across wines that are hard to size up.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

On the Road Again to Bordeaux

Posted: March 23, 2007  By James Suckling

I am writing this from the passenger seat of my sports car with tasting coordinator Jo Cooke at the wheel as we drive toward Bordeaux through the Cote d’Azur. No ticket yet! It takes about 11 hours from Tuscany to Bordeaux.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

When to Drink a Wine Can Be a Dilemma

Posted: March 22, 2007  By James Laube

One of our readers, Roger, just posted a good question in response to a recent blog. “When do you think is the earliest point to open a 2001 [Cabernet]?” I think 2001s should drink well from now until they’re 15 or 20 years old, maybe longer, assuming they’re properly stored.

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