Posted: January 3, 2007 By James Laube
We're finishing up our annual review of Rhône-style wines from California, and it's a big report. In the past year, we've tasted more than 320 wines, and they're among California's rising stars. For sure, using the term "Rhône-style" to describe these wines, as we often do, is a compliment.
Posted: January 3, 2007 By James Suckling
I arrived at my father's house in San Diego the other evening and there was an open magnum of wine sitting on the kitchen counter, with "Zin '05" marked on the side of the Burgundy-shaped bottle. "I wanted you to try this wine and let me know what you think," he said.
Posted: January 2, 2007 By James Molesworth
Over the weekend, I kept pulling bottles from the same area in my cellar. Before too long, a theme had arisen. The theme just happened to be '98 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The ’98 vintage was warm, and the wines were ripe and powerful when they were released.
Posted: January 2, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
Does Riesling or Chardonnay go better with crudo , the Italian approach to raw fish? I am planning to prepare a crudo course to start a big dinner later this month to celebrate a milestone birthday. My usual choice for raw fish dishes is a light, fragrant, non-oaked dry white wine from Friuli, or perhaps a Falanghina from Campania, because of its crisp texture.
Posted: January 2, 2007 By James Laube
Some people aren't cut out for the corporate life. Count Bruno D’Alfonso among them. When Terlato Wine Group took over Sanford winery in 2006, I figured it was only a matter of time before D’Alfonso, Sanford's winemaker, would be gone.
Posted: January 2, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
After Florence, we couldn't pass up the chance to see Venice. What a beautiful place to spend a day off. When inquiring about points of interest and must-see places, we were told to simply "follow your nose.
Posted: January 2, 2007 By Brian Loring
My time as a guest blogger has sadly come to an end. The nice people at Wine Spectator allowed me to stay way longer than we’d initially discussed – and I’ve now officially run out of things to say.
Posted: January 1, 2007 By James Suckling
HAPPY NEW YEAR. Where did 2006 go? I hope 2007 is a good year for everyone. I spent my New Year’s Eve at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Rancho Mirage and then at a movie with my 12-year-old son, Jack.
Posted: December 29, 2006 By Maynard James Keenan
It's rare that I actually have time while touring to take in the local architecture, cuisine, art, etc. Usually we wake up in a parking lot, navigate the clouds of cigarette smoke generated by the local crew who have yet to see Thank You for Smoking , do a sound check, maybe endure a phone interview, do a show for the kids, get back in the bus, and go to sleep in my coffin-shaped bunk only to wake up in another parking lot.
Posted: December 29, 2006 By Steven Page
Continuing my quick look back at the past year, here are the rest of my most memorable wine experiences , in no particular order: 6. La Paulée de Meursault: A friend is a member of the Toronto chapter of the Confrèrie des Chevaliers de Tastevin, a rather exclusive Burgundy-lovers’ group, which shares uncanny similarities with the arcane rituals of Fred Flintstone’s Water Buffalo Lodge.
Posted: December 29, 2006 By James Suckling
One of my big surprises this year was how a handful of wines can make a reputation for a vintage. What I am speaking about is 1996 in Bordeaux, and how the five first-growths made the reputation of what should have only been considered a very good year, certainly not an exceptional one.
Posted: December 29, 2006 By James Laube
New Year's resolutions are easy to keep if you make them simple and doable. Years ago, I used to play a game with my mother on New Year's Eve and over the years my resolution—and hers—evolved into this, which I'd like to share.
Posted: December 29, 2006 By James Molesworth
Needless to say, the holiday provides us with a convenient excuse to eat, drink and be merry. At my house, that means we make some of our favorite fall/winter dishes, one of which is a recipe we've "borrowed" from Jean-Louis and Erin Chave, and which I thought I'd share here.
Posted: December 28, 2006 By Steven Page
As the year comes to a close, I’m looking back on what a whirlwind it’s been; even in a slower year, I surprise myself with how many amazing experiences I am fortunate enough to have. 2006 saw the release of our latest album, Barenaked Ladies Are Me , and took us all over the United States.
Posted: December 28, 2006 By James Molesworth
I've just finished off the last of my South African tastings for my upcoming report (scheduled for the April 30 issue). Running the numbers, it turns out I've reviewed over 360 South African wines since my last report—the most I've ever reviewed in a single year since I began covering the region six years ago.
Posted: December 28, 2006 By James Laube
I got one of those 9-1-1 wine emergency calls at about 4 p.m. on Christmas day, a few minutes before we started prepping for dinner. My friend had just opened a bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir that he had purchased on a recent trip to Willamette Valley, and the wine smelled like bug spray.
Posted: December 27, 2006 By James Suckling
Everyone in the press seems to be writing his or her year-end recollections or discoveries. I just read the New York Times today and it was full of year-end discoveries in food and wine. Some of it seemed pretty obvious to me, but the NYT sometimes likes doing that sort of re-coining of the obvious.
Posted: December 26, 2006 By James Laube
Last week I read a story in the New York Times about 1960s rocker Norman Greenbaum. Some of you will recall he wrote the one-hit wonder, "Spirit In The Sky," in 1969, which by the way was a great vintage for Napa Cabernet and a washout in Bordeaux.
Posted: December 26, 2006 By James Suckling
Back to earth….from the gastronomic nirvana of Japan with some of the greatest wine collectors ever to home with my mother for Christmas dinner and non-vintage Bollinger and 2004 Seghesio Zinfandel Alexander Valley Home Ranch.
Posted: December 26, 2006 By Maynard James Keenan
Somewhere in northern Italy, not sure where exactly, is a very specific bed and breakfast. It's currently owned by a lawyer who purchased the parcel from the real-estate savvy niece of the late Mr. Marzo--father to Albert Marzo and great-grandfather to me.
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