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Posted: May 11, 2007 By James Molesworth
As we judge the restaurants that enter our wine program each year, we look for the best new entrants that can potentially compete for our top honor, the Grand Award. These establishments are typically newer, and they've burst onto the scene with deep pockets and big wine cellars.
Posted: May 10, 2007 By Kim Marcus
After Rust I travel to vineyards on the east side of the lake. The most renowned of these lie around the town of Illmitz, which comprises Austria’s greatest terroir for sweet wines. This is the home turf of the garrulous Alois Kracher, who makes an amazing array of sweeties.
Posted: May 10, 2007 By James Suckling
I had a couple of dinners with some friends from Hong Kong in Bordeaux. And not only was some of the food great but the wines were superb as well. They had brought dozens of fantastic bottles of Burgundy from their cellars in England to share with the Bordelais.
Posted: May 10, 2007 By James Laube
I'm back in Napa Valley after a great road trip and fantastic tasting in Chicago on Tuesday. When I opened my e-mail this morning, I was greeted by a note from Scott McLeod, winemaker for Rubicon Estate and Edizione Pennino—and our fearless forecaster.
Posted: May 10, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
I was excited to be in Chicago, at Wine Spectator 's Grand Tour. I had the opportunity to taste some of the great wines I missed in Atlantic City, the first leg of our three-city event. (Las Vegas was our second stop.
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.
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