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Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

On My Way to Burgundy’s Trois Glorieuses

Before heading to France for the Hospices de Beaune auction and dinners, I had dinner with Australia's Michael Twelftree

Posted: November 10, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson had dinner with senior editor Kim Marcus and Australia's Michael Twelftree of Two Hands winery before heading to France for the Hospices de Beaune auction and dinners.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Classy Italian Red Enlivens A New York Lunch

Girolamo Dorigo Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso Colli Orientali del Friuli Vigneto Montsclapade 2000

Posted: November 4, 2009  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A French White, 20 Years On

Prince Poniatowski Vouvray Clos Baudoin 1989

Posted: November 3, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A California Zinfandel for Entertaining Rhône Winemakers

Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Cooke 2001

Posted: October 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Reflections on the 2009 New York Wine Experience

A roundup of my favorites from a weekend of wine

Posted: October 27, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Bruce Sanderson selects highlights from more than 100 wines tasted at the 2009 New York Wine Experience.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Little of This, a Little of That

Random thoughts from the Grand Tastings

Posted: October 23, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Standout wines to learn from at the New York Wine Experience.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Recent Tastings: Part I

An interesting group of wines tasted over the past few weeks

Posted: October 21, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Bruce Sanderson shares notes from some recent tastings of young and very special old wines.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

An Aged Petite Sirah Discovered in the Cellar

Markham Petite Sirah Napa Valley 1995

Posted: October 20, 2009  By James Laube

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Grand Old California Classics and a Failed First-Growth

Old Napa Cabernets shine but a cork fails an iconic bottle

Posted: October 8, 2009  By James Laube

I had the best 1960 BV Private Reserve I’ve ever had yesterday, along with a classic Heitz Martha's 1974 and a 1961 Inglenook Cask.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Champagne for a Special Occasion

Krug Brut Champagne 1988

Posted: September 30, 2009  By Thomas Matthews

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Traditional Spanish Red at Its Best

La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Arana Reserva 1987

Posted: September 29, 2009  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Savoring a Classic 1961 Bordeaux

Haut-Brion still showing what made it a grand wine decades ago

Posted: September 16, 2009  By James Laube

James Laube tastes the 1961 Haut-Brion, a wine that had it all: The aromas were sublime, with mineral, pebble, tobacco, dried currant and a loamy, earthy herbal edge that turned to the cedar of a cigar box.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Classic Napa Cabernet that Gained in the Cellar

Portfolio Limited Edition Napa Valley 1999

Posted: September 16, 2009  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A California Cabernet Inspired by Great Bordeaux

Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Gravelly Meadow 1996

Posted: September 4, 2009  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Krug: The Aristocrat of Champagnes

A preview of Krug's Clos d'Ambonnay 1996

Posted: September 3, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Bruce Sanderson tastes the second release of Krug's Blanc de Noirs Clos d'Ambonnay 1996 on a visit to Champagne.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Three Takes on One Shiraz

How tastes are seldom unanimous

Posted: August 28, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Several pieces of conventional wisdom dashed while tasting Australian Shiraz and California Syrah: Aussie Shiraz is not necessarily the monster in the room. Brettanomyces does not kill a wine for everyone, even for excellent tasters. And even a steak likes a more balanced wine.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Recent Tasting Notes: Part I

Tasting notes from last weekend

Posted: August 28, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

Bruce Sanderson shares his tasting notes of several outstanding wines from Burgundy, Austria, the Rhône, Piedmont, Champagne and Bordeaux

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Unique French Red for a 50th Birthday Bash

Domaine de Trévallon Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône 1995

Posted: August 14, 2009  By Kim Marcus

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

An Evening of Champagne

Notes on a dozen bubblies, from mature vintages to new discoveries

Posted: August 3, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

I was invited to a “bring your own bottle” Champagne dinner at Eleven Madison Park last week. It offered me the opportunity to taste more than a dozen interesting bubblies. They ranged from mature bottles of prestige cuvées from major houses to new and interesting labels from small growers.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Look Back at Penfolds Bin 389

Posted: July 29, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Lately I have been getting interested in Australia’s progress with Cabernet Sauvignon. When Peter Gago, chief winemaker for Penfolds , offered to bring a few older wines when he came to visit this week, I suggested we focus on Cabernet.

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