Posted: July 8, 2009 By Thomas Matthews
Posted: July 5, 2009 By James Laube
Posted: June 16, 2009 By James Molesworth
Posted: June 12, 2009 By James Laube
Posted: June 5, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
There were dozens of memorable wines among the magnums I sampled at Wine Spectator’s Napa Valley Bring Your Own Magnum party Wednesday night at Tra Vigne in St. Helena. Two stood out for me. I don’t know which was the bigger surprise: the new (to me) Napa Valley Cabernet with lightness, delicacy and grace, or the dusty old Carneros Pinot Noir.
Posted: June 3, 2009 By James Laube
Scores of drained magnums were left standing on bars and tables, looking like empty magnums do. Lonely and deserted. The food stations at Charlie Palmer ’s Dry Creek Kitchen , at the Healdsburg Hotel, had been cleared save for a few dessert plates.
Posted: May 15, 2009 By Thomas Matthews
Posted: May 7, 2009 By Thomas Matthews
Posted: April 30, 2009 By James Laube
Posted: April 30, 2009 By James Molesworth
Posted: April 28, 2009 By Thomas Matthews
Posted: April 23, 2009 By James Laube
I expected 2007 to be a great year for California wine, and indeed it's shaping up that way across the board for all varietals. Tim Fish has tasted some amazing 2007 Zinfandels. MaryAnn Worobiec has been seeing wonderful Sauvignons.
Posted: April 22, 2009 By James Laube
Posted: April 8, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
Those of us who cellar wine for future drinking do so in part because the extra years mellow the wines, and theoretically make them friendlier for food. That plan cuts both ways, however. As wines age they become less overt in their characteristics.
Posted: April 1, 2009 By James Laube
Posted: March 31, 2009 By James Laube
Carl Doumani sounded excited. He'd found a few bottles of one of his long lost favorite Petite Sirahs, the 1974 vintage from his Stag's Leap Winery days, and wanted to share it. Contrarian Carl has always marched to his own beat.
Posted: March 24, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
Note: Back when I reviewed them, I set aside a few wines to taste when they are more mature. In this occasional series I report on what they’re like now. I could hear my friend Mike salivating over the telephone.
Posted: March 12, 2009 By Harvey Steiman
Posted: March 10, 2009 By Bruce Sanderson
An endless barrage of bottles buoyed the mood this past Saturday at La Paulée de New York , a loosely biannual Burgundy tasting organized by sommelier Daniel Johnnes. It's modeled after the annual harvest party in Meursault, recreated in New York in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007 and this year.
Posted: February 27, 2009 By Bruce Sanderson
My first seminar at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival was a vertical of six vintages of Screaming Eagle , the cult Cabernet from Napa Valley. What a way to kick off the weekend. Representing the winery was Ursula Hermacinski, the marketing manager of both Screaming Eagle and Jonata, the winery projects of Charles Banks and Stan Kroenke.
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