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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Keeping a Dream Alive

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.

Blogs  :  Rajat Parr's Blog

Pairing Food and Wine: Finding the Wisdom in Simplicity

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Italian Wine Futures?

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Care for Some Pepper on That?

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Napa Castle to Visit

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Ducru Legends and 2005

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.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

One of the Best-Kept Wine Secrets

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.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Note to Self: Ears Ringing After Dinner—Not Good ...

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.

Blogs  :  Rajat Parr's Blog

Countering the New York Times on Terroir

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Another Reason Bordeaux Is Unique

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

The Restaurants' Trade Show

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Joining Some Cults in Vegas

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.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

Back in the Baloney Saddle

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

More Great Nebbiolos...

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Winemaker Lance Baer Dies at Age 38

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Raising the Stakes on Albariño

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

2004 and Angelo Gaja’s Barbarescos

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

On the Culinary Frontier in Chicago

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

First Taste of Levy McClellan 2004

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.

Blogs  :  Rajat Parr's Blog

Taking a Stand on Wine

Posted: May 21, 2007  By Rajat Parr

In my posts here on, I plan to discuss the mystery of winemaking, relive the greatest wine experiences I have ever had, profile some amazing people in wine, discuss recent wine trends, speak about food-and-wine pairings and dissect new wine regions.

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