Posted: November 2, 2006 By James Laube
The other night at a rollicking party in Napa, a woman who works in the wine business approached me about alternative closures. She works for a big company in the valley and they are tired of the hassles with corks.
Posted: November 2, 2006 By James Molesworth
Today was another day of Cornas and Hermitage. I started at Domaine Courbis whose ‘05s are looking very good—in particular, Laurent Courbis’ Cornas La Sabarotte , a plush, smoky powerhouse filled with iron, olive and spice flavors.
Posted: November 1, 2006 By Charlie Trotter
I love the way that Miles Davis never played "My Funny Valentine" the same way twice. It was always changing and evolving. He would emphasize a different tempo, or a different instrument, or put a mute on his horn, or, audaciously enough, turn the whole thing electric à la Jimi Hendrix, all the while still playing (more or less) the same composition.
Posted: November 1, 2006 By James Suckling
I went to an Haut-Brion and La Mission-Haut-Brion dinner last night in London, which wine merchants Farr Vintners organized, and it reminded me of a debate that occurred very early in my career concerning the two wine estates.
Posted: November 1, 2006 By James Laube
Cabernet drinkers, er, make that Napa Valley Cabernet drinkers, are frustrated a lot these days. Too many high prices and hard-to-get wines is a common refrain I hear from readers. So, just when you think that a luscious Napa Cabernet for $30 is an endangered species, along comes a pleasant surprise.
Posted: November 1, 2006 By Bruce Sanderson
Reflecting on the California Wine Experience just over a week ago, I am amazed at the popularity of Pinot Noir. Not only did we have more California Pinots than at any previous Wine Experience, we added a handful from Oregon (7) for good measure.
Posted: October 31, 2006 By James Molesworth
You know you’re in France when under the table next to you, there’s a well-behaved, blond spaniel sitting there, giving you the sad eyes. Sorry pooch—you’re cute (and I love dogs) but this meal is mine.
Posted: October 31, 2006 By James Laube
What to do with a wine with only 99 cases? Well, this one I’m recommending. It’s the 2004 Native 9 Santa Maria Valley Rancho Ontiveros Vineyards Pinot Noir, and it’s a smooth, rich, supple charmer with sassafras and black cherry fruit that retails for $48.
Posted: October 31, 2006 By James Molesworth
Well, I finally made it. After nearly 24 hours of transit, thanks to a flight that took off nearly three hours late, which led to a missed train connection and an extra four-hour layover in the Charles de Gaulle TGV station.
Posted: October 31, 2006 By Brian Loring
After our post- Wine Experience discussion of optimal berry size during a cab ride ( discussed in my last blog post ), my fellow Pinot producer Adam Lee was primed for more discussions once we arrived at the Bubble Lounge and met wine directors David Mokha and Kevin Vogt.
Posted: October 31, 2006 By James Suckling
I don’t like to bother people on their holiday, but I had to know what was going on with Château Pichon Longueville Lalande , following the various reports on a deal involving the property and the owners of Louis Roederer.
Posted: October 30, 2006 By Kevin Vogt
Wine would taste different in space, wouldn’t it? I started pondering this question when my boss, chef Emeril Lagasse, joined the team at NASA to be the first celebrity chef to produce a gourmet meal for astronauts in space.
Posted: October 30, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
Go Fish, the Napa Valley seafood restaurant that opened only last month, picked up an ace when it hired chef Victor Scargle to take over the kitchen. The chef since 2003 at Julia's Kitchen , the restaurant at Copia in Napa, Scargle starts the week after Thanksgiving.
Posted: October 30, 2006 By James Suckling
I spoke to Stefano Chioccioli over the weekend at home in Tuscany on the telephone. Stefano said he was exhausted from this year’s harvest in Italy. It was one of the longest in memory, lasting almost two months.
Posted: October 30, 2006 By James Laube
On Sunday, I rode my bike from my home in Napa to Yountville, which is about 10 miles north of Napa. It’s the tail end of harvest 2006 in Napa Valley and most parts of California, and the weather yesterday was perfect.
Posted: October 30, 2006 By James Molesworth
Well, I’m off to the Rhône again. This will be my fifth trip to the region since November 2004. It’s been a whirlwind since I started covering the Rhône, getting caught up with producers and vintages, all while the amount of new information and wines continues to grow.
Posted: October 27, 2006 By Steven Page
My bandmates and I have just started our current American tour, our first in nearly a year, and we’re all just getting used to the whole rigmarole again: sleeping in tiny, dark bunks while careening down the highway; eating meals backstage with our palates and digestive systems at the mercy of often uncaring caterers; figuring out where to hang our wet show clothes, and trying to find a flat surface on which to balance our laptops for music, e-mails and blogging.
Posted: October 27, 2006 By Harvey Steiman
That wine surplus that had everyone in Australia in a dither? Mother Nature has delivered an answer. A series of severe spring frosts hit several key regions in South Australia and Victoria in the past week.
Posted: October 27, 2006 By James Laube
I wondered about it. James Suckling blogged about it , too. And several people who tried the Screaming Eagle Cabernet -- including new owner Charles Banks and his winemaker, Andy Erickson -- at Friday’s Wine Experience seminar had the same impression: The wine didn’t have the richness and opulence it typically shows.
Posted: October 27, 2006 By James Suckling
The British wine market loves screw caps. This is mostly due to the dominance of supermarket chains such as Tesco and Sainsbury, which sell masses of wine with screw caps. Most of their wine is around $5 or $6 a bottle and is consumed immediately.
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