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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Thinking Spring Through Food and Wine

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Believing in 2006

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Dipping Into Sydney's Dining Scene

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Policy We've All Been Waiting For

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Stay Tuned for The Wine Makers

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Do We Want These Wines?

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.

Blogs  :  Chuck Wagner: At Home with Caymus

Caymus, Wagner and Napa Cabernet

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Paris Tasting Headed to Silver Screen

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.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Relaunching Ruinart

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.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Big Red Wines and a Roaring Fire ... in April?

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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Fill in the Blank?

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Off to Australia

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.

Blogs  :  On Tour with Maynard James Keenan

Budbreak in Arizona

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.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Babe Watch and Flashy Tails in Baja

Posted: April 9, 2007  By James Laube

The moms are huge, as long as 50 feet and as heavy as 40 tons, and their calves are sizeable, too. At birth, they generally weigh more than a ton and are around 15 feet long. Yet gray whales are amazingly graceful as they glide together through the water, in a seemingly choreographed synchronized swim.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Against the Odds

Posted: April 9, 2007  By James Suckling

I tasted about 50 Right Bank wines from 2004 over Easter weekend. There are always more wines to taste, and I want to bring you the most up-to-date information I can on what’s out there in my designated areas for tasting.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Tuscany via Burgundy, and Not on a Harley

Posted: April 5, 2007  By James Suckling

Just got back from hanging out at Laurent Ponsot 's cellar in Morey Saint Denis. Ponsot is a cool dude. He was getting ready to leave over the weekend for Santa Rosa, California, to begin an across-the-US road trip on a Harley with his wife.

Blogs  :  Jean-Guillaume Prats

The Classifications of Bordeaux

Posted: April 4, 2007  By Jean-Guillaume Prats

It seems that the Bordelais enjoy complicating their lives. On Friday, the latest official classification of St.-Emilion was suspended by a Bordeaux court. As you may know, the St.-Emilion classification is revised every 10 years under the management of the INAO, which is the official governing body for the appellation system in France.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The End of the Party

Posted: April 4, 2007  By James Suckling

I went to a lively birthday party last night at a small restaurant in the village of St. Julien-Beychevelle for LA wine merchant Steve Wallace. They had taken over the restaurant and it was full of wine producers, merchants and friends.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Right Place, Right Time, Right Wine

Posted: April 3, 2007  By James Suckling

Let’s not forget Sauternes. I tasted about two dozen samples of 2006 Sauternes and Barsacs at the offices of the well-respected négociant Joanne. The company had a half-dozen or so individual tasting rooms for customers from around the world which were extremely well-equipped with tasting glasses and samples.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

More Bumps in the Road for Ste. Michelle

Posted: April 2, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Chateau Ste. Michelle thought it had corrected the winemaking errors that held down its 2001 and 2002 red wines , but it took another step backward with the 2004 high-end reds, being released now. The good news is that a preview tasting of the 2005s indicates that the winery will be back on track by the time those wines reach us next year.

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