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Posted: April 23, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
In Barossa, Robert O'Callaghan has attained icon status. And he's done it by steadfastly holding on to a way of life and a way or making wine that, frankly, is out of step with today's world. "I'm a link to a world we don't know," he says, leaning over a long wooden table that dominates his office at Rockford.
Posted: April 23, 2007 By Maynard James Keenan
Q: What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back? A: A stick. And that's exactly what I have planted on the majority of my lower vineyards. Winter kill and late frost have kicked my vines right in the huevos.
Posted: April 23, 2007 By James Laube
As I drove through Napa Valley last week, I couldn’t help but marvel at the new leafing vines. The color of the leaves--a brilliant lime-greenish hue--was amazing. I also couldn’t help but notice that every single vineyard seemed to be trained and trellised and positioned in a different manner.
Posted: April 23, 2007 By James Suckling
I was looking through one of my notebooks this morning for something. It was the same set of notes that I took during my trip to Bordeaux this spring to taste 2006 from barrel. And I saw written down on one of the pages: "You don’t need new barrels to make great wine.
Posted: April 23, 2007 By James Molesworth
It was Saturday, and Nancy and I had spent the day cleaning out the vegetable garden from under a pile of dead leaves. We even took advantage of the early summer-like weather to sow a few rows of beets, beans and lettuce.
Posted: April 22, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
On the theory that you can't understand a nation unless you understand the sports it plays, I have been watching the cricket matches on Australian television. They are on late at night because they are playing the World Cup matches in the Caribbean, which is on the other side of the world.
Posted: April 20, 2007 By James Suckling
I had a quick pasta carbonara with my children tonight, Jack and Isabel. They are over in Tuscany for spring break from England. And I popped the cork on a 2005 Schiopetto Collio Pinot Grigio to go with the pasta.
Posted: April 20, 2007 By James Laube
When a wine marketer who is also a retailer turns winemaker, you hope he knows enough about what style of wine will sell and at what price points. Mark Pope of the Bounty Hunter, an online fine-wine purveyor and hip wine bar-bistro in downtown Napa, has released a new line of Napa Valley Cabernets and a Cabernet Franc under his label, Waypoint.
Posted: April 19, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
The vines don't look so bad, considering that Australia is suffering its worst drought in memory. The grapes have been picked, for the most part. A warm autumn continues with temperatures in the 70s and 80s under clear skies.
Posted: April 19, 2007 By James Laube
Ulises Valdez has an infectious enthusiasm for winegrowing. “My heart is in the vines,” he says with a bright smile as his racy 2006 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc is poured, showing zesty citrus and lemon-lime flavors.
Posted: April 18, 2007 By James Molesworth
The 21st of April marks a hardly-momentous anniversary in the wine world—the one-year anniversary of my blog. I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when Marvin asked his senior editors for blog volunteers.
Posted: April 18, 2007 By Jean-Guillaume Prats
The ambiance is calming down in Bordeaux. After tasting at hundreds of châteaus, the wine trade has departed from Bordeaux and the producers are desperately waiting to find out where to go with the prices of their respective 2006s.
Posted: April 18, 2007 By James Laube
Selling wine for $2 a bottle doesn’t seem like an easy way to make money and probably isn’t—until you look more closely at the numbers. Yesterday, as Fred Franzia toasted Two-Buck Chuck’s fifth birthday at his winery in Napa, he talked green, green and greener.
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.
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