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Nov. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Age Before Beauty

Posted: November 30, 2014  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Is This Really a Golden Age for Wine?

If so, where's the action?

Posted: January 22, 2013  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Is It Worth It to Age Wines Anymore?

Wines have changed and so have our palates

Posted: January 8, 2013  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  News & Features

2012 New World Wine Experience: Wine Star Penfolds Grange

Winemaker Peter Gago explains how he sticks to tradition when making this Australian legend

Posted: October 22, 2012  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News & Features

2012 New World Wine Experience: Krug Champagne Shows Blending as an Art Form

Four bubblies, vintage and non-vintage, show the famed house’s range

Posted: October 22, 2012  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Chilean Red Runs the Table

Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puento Alto Don Melchor 1999

Posted: August 10, 2012  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

An Old Red on a Summer's Night

Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 1989

Posted: July 31, 2012  By Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up From the Cellar: Successful Syrah, 26 Years On

Kendall-Jackson's Durell Vineyard 1986 is still graceful and alluring

Posted: July 2, 2012  By Harvey Steiman

Rummaging around the cellar for something interesting for dinner with old friends, I brought up my last bottle of Kendall-Jackson Syrah Durell Vineyard 1986. It had held up beautifully, wowing everyone at the table.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Old Italian Reds at an Old-School Italian

Castellare di Castellina Toscana I Sodi di San Niccolo 1997

Posted: June 28, 2012  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A German Riesling That Outshines Its Vintage, A Decade Later

H. Dönnhoff Riesling Spätlese Nahe Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube 2000

Posted: June 11, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

The Pioneer Queen of Anderson Valley Pinot

Tasting old vintages of Pinot with Milla Handley, one of Anderson Valley's originals

Posted: May 16, 2012  By Tim Fish

Milla Handley was making Pinot Noir in the Anderson Valley before it was cool to be there. She has championed that remote valley in Mendocino County since launching Handley Cellars in 1982, back when winemaking there was just taking baby steps.

"In the old days, we were using old dairy tanks for fermenters," Handley said. "And we weren't sure we could get still wine grapes ripe or not."

Things change in 30 years. Anderson Valley has matured and is now considered one of California's best spots for Pinot Noir. Handley recently marked her three decades in the business by opening a few older wines from her extensive cellar.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Souvenirs of 1986

Château Cos-d’Estournel St.-Estèphe 1986

Posted: April 30, 2012  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Top Austrian White, More Than a Decade On

Nigl Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Kremstal Senftenberger Piri Privat 1999

Posted: February 21, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Silk and Roses

Château Margaux Margaux 1929

Posted: October 25, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Tony D’s Mystery Decanter

Ridge Mataro California Evangelo Vineyards 1990

Posted: September 6, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

An Outstanding Port, Three Decades Later

Dow Vintage Port 1977

Posted: August 15, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

An Aged Cabernet for a Significant Dinner

Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Reserve 1999

Posted: June 29, 2011  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

2001 California Cabernet Retrospective: Stunning at Age 10

Fourteen wines earn classic scores, with 37 more rating outstanding

Posted: June 27, 2011  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Sharing a Landmark Cabernet With My Family

Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County Cinq Cépages 1996

Posted: June 10, 2011  By Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Abundance of Riches

A parade of Rhône-style wines makes for a memorable evening

Posted: June 6, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

The bottle of Henschke Hill of Grace 1996 rested in my cellar for about a decade, waiting for the right occasion. It came out Sunday night at the annual dinner I donate, along with my longtime friend Archie McLaren, to the Central Coast Wine Classic auction. Last year's lot centered on Rhône-style wines—French wines from Archie's cellar, Syrah- and Viognier-based bottles of Australia and Washington from mine.

We had some great names in the lineup, including top vintages from Jean-Louis Chave, M. Chapoutier, Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Château de Beaucastel. But the HoG stole the show. As well it should, being the greatest single-vineyard wine in Australia in the greatest vintage there of our lifetime.

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