Posted: April 18, 2007 By James Suckling
I just received an e-mail from a London wine merchant, offering a nice selection of cases of trophy 1982 Bordeaux— Latour , $25,680; Mouton , $17,200; Lafite , $30,060; Margaux , $16,050; and Haut-Brion , $11,500.
Posted: April 18, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
In between tasting wines, some new, some old, most of them pretty darn good, I picked up these bits and pieces of interest to those of us who follow Australian wine. Brian Croser Goes for Pinot: Brian Croser has a 400-head sheep farm near Tunkalilla, way down the Fleurieu Peninsula on the ocean (below McLaren Vale) where he has planted a few acres of Pinot Noir because it reminds him of the Sonoma Coast.
Posted: April 17, 2007 By James Laube
Piero Antinori’s seemingly forgotten Napa Valley wine venture, Antica, is a work-in-progress that's slowly taking shape. This week he's in town to chart the next phase, and yesterday we discussed a wide range of subjects.
Posted: April 16, 2007 By James Laube
Friday the 13th proved anything but unlucky for a wide-open wine weekend in windswept Los Angeles. The occasion: My good friend Greg Gorman closed one of his photo studios in Hollywood on Saturday night, with 600 of his closest friends, among them Raquel Welch, Ricki Lake, Macy Gray, Eva Mendes, Audrey Wells, Katherine Bigelow and Wolfgang Puck.
Posted: April 16, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
When it comes to stopping up a bottle of wine, the choices go well beyond corks vs. screw caps. Get ready for glass on glass. Maybe. Conventional wisdom, if there is such a thing with this debate, says that screw caps are fine on everyday wines and even white wines you might want to age.
Posted: April 13, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
Anyone who thinks all Australian wines are alike should have been tasting with me the past couple of days. At three wineries within greater Adelaide, all of which have achieved outstanding ratings, you couldn't find three more different approaches.
Posted: April 13, 2007 By James Suckling
Just had the last glass of a decanter of 1963 Cockburn. Yummy. After three days, it was still fresh and sweet with lovely cherry and crushed berry character. I think it was best, though, just after I decanted it and served it to Giacomo Neri of Casanova di Neri and Vicenzo Abbruzzese of Valdicava , the two 100-point Brunello makers.
Posted: April 13, 2007 By James Molesworth
It's getting pretty depressing around here. From the weather, that is. Cold, raw rainy yesterday. Cold and gray today. A respite tomorrow before another storm comes in and dumps cold rain on us Sunday and Monday.
Posted: April 12, 2007 By James Suckling
I just heard from a wine merchant friend that some people in the wine trade who deal in Bordeaux said that 2006 is much better than I have reported , and that a least 20 wines are even better than their 2005 counterparts.
Posted: April 12, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
The headline in the Sydney tabloid said that food costs were squeezing Australians' budgets. If my dining experiences the past two nights are any indication, I can see why. I stopped over en route to the wine regions around Adelaide, where I arrived this afternoon.
Posted: April 11, 2007 By James Laube
I’m torn. I can’t decide whether I’m more surprised or more impressed by Beverages & More’s new policy to accept all returned wines. OK, I'm both. This California wine retail chain has done the unthinkable: It will replace any bottle of wine (even if it's been opened), or refund your money, if you're not satisfied with a purchase you've made there.
Posted: April 11, 2007 By James Laube
James Darden thinks this may be his magic moment, and now, I’m rooting for him, hoping that this is his big break. Darden, 37, is a contestant on the new PBS reality show, The Wine Makers , expected to air this fall.
Posted: April 11, 2007 By James Suckling
I have tasted about 150 Bordeaux from 2004 in the last couple of days, in between writing stories and various other things. And I am pleasantly surprised with the wines. These are not the big names, or trophy labels, that auction houses, merchants and, yes, wine writers all coo about.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By Chuck Wagner
As I say farewell to my Wine Spectator blog, I can say that I am happy to have had a chance to explain some personal beliefs abut Napa wines. There does not seem to be such a professional venue elsewhere, and I thank Wine Spectator for giving me such an opportunity.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By James Laube
I knew that the story of the Zodiac , the serial killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay area in the 1960s, would make the silver screen. But the Paris Tasting of 1976? No way. While the Zodiac is the chilling story of a cold-blooded psychopath, the Paris Tasting of 1976 was a well-orchestrated publicity stunt , organized to promote California wine in Europe.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
Ruinart is the best Champagne you don't know about. Distribution in the United States was limited from 2000 to 2005, but with a new importer, the brand was relaunched in 2006. Until then, I hadn’t tasted Ruinart Champagne since 2003.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By James Molesworth
Easter weekend, baseball season, the Masters—all annual events that herald the arrival of spring. That means golf season, outdoor grilling and lots of crisp whites and fresh rosés on the back deck. Of course, things seem to be running a bit behind weatherwise in the northeast.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By James Suckling
Someone with the moniker "Old_Winyards" posted the following on the Wine Spectator Online Forums : *** START BORDEAUX AVERAGE VINTAGE REPORT TEMPLATE *** Average vintage, but weather caused some inconsistency throughout.
Posted: April 10, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
It's not even light here in Auckland, New Zealand, as I write this at the airport, changing planes for Sydney. I am on my way to Australia to visit some of the top producers and some of the up-and-comers.
Posted: April 9, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
The vines are pushing. Hallelujah, the vines are pushing. The Cabs are still a bit sleepy, but everything else is wide awake. I was a bit nervous about a late frost, but Craig assured me that if the mesquites are also pushing buds, the frost danger has passed.
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