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Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Rare Taste of Screaming Eagle

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.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up From the Cellar: Really Old Pinot Noirs

Posted: February 18, 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 wines from the cellar that I probably should have tried earlier, but thought them worth a shot anyway.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Rummaging Through the Cellar

Posted: February 11, 2009  By James Laube

Like many of you with cellars, lately I’ve paid more attention to my “paid for” section rather than my wish-list imaginings. In the past week or so, on the heels of my DRC tasting, I’ve opened four mature California Pinot Noirs.

News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

Retrospective: 1998 California Cabernets

A decade later, a few wines still shine from this challenging vintage

Posted: February 9, 2009  By James Laube

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

A Sweet Wine with Cigar Box Spices

Château La Tour Blanche Sauternes 1988

Posted: February 3, 2009  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Piedmont Night for the Merry Band of BYOBers

Posted: January 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

When it comes to wine, I think there are two regions that generate more passion (and frustration) than any other: Burgundy and Piedmont. Both regions rely heavily on microclimates and the concept of terroir —the minute differences in wines based on where the grapes are grown.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

The Gift of Shared Experience Through Wine

Posted: January 9, 2009  By Bruce Sanderson

I met Debi and Jerry Greenfield at the California Wine Experience in Las Vegas in 2002. The Greenfields have been attending the Wine Experience every year since 2000. Each year, we renew our acquaintance and share stories of wines we have enjoyed, wineries and regions visited and people in the industry we know in common.

News & Features  :  What We're Drinking Now

Dispelling Misconceptions About the Great Grange

Penfolds Shiraz South Australia Grange 1999

Posted: January 6, 2009  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

In Australia, Shiraz Makes Cabernet Sing

Posted: January 5, 2009  By Harvey Steiman

Some Australian wine observers believe that blends of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are better than either varietal on its own. There’s even a wine competition exclusively for those wines, called The Great Australian Red, the brainchild of Tyson Stelzer (who contributes articles from Australia for Wine Spectator ).

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Richard Geoffroy Introduces Two New Vintages of Dom Pérignon

Posted: December 19, 2008  By Bruce Sanderson

Perhaps no winemaker analyzes his wines like Richard Geoffroy, chef de cave of Moët & Chandon’s Cuvée Dom Pérignon. Even he says he has analyzed it "like a psychiatrist putting it on a couch." Perhaps because he trained as a medical doctor, he casts a more empirical eye toward his work.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up From the Cellar: Pichon Lalande 1984

Posted: December 19, 2008  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 wines from the cellar that I probably should have tried earlier, but thought them worth a shot anyway.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

When to Pull the Cork on That Last Bottle

Posted: December 15, 2008  By James Molesworth

Wine can be a love-hate relationship. And that’s part of what makes wine so great. I’ve recently been on a campaign to drink up the last lone bottles of particular wines I have in the cellar. You know, those single bottles that mark the end of the six or 12 bottles that you initially bought.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

How Riesling Ages

Posted: December 15, 2008  By Bruce Sanderson

Earlier this month, Wines of Germany hosted the first Riesling Fellowship in New York. The event began with a seminar on "How Riesling Ages," followed by lunch and a broader tasting of Rieslings from around the world in the afternoon.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Is Mount Eden California's Greatest Vineyard?

Posted: December 4, 2008  By James Laube

Last night I dined with colleague Tom Matthews at Ken Frank’s transplanted La Toque restaurant, which moved to Napa in September from its former digs in Rutherford. It seems as if Frank’s food keeps getting better.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Up from the Cellar: Two New Zealand Reds

Posted: December 3, 2008  By Harvey Steiman

Note: This is the first in an occasional series. Back when I reviewed them I set aside a few wines to taste when they are more mature. From time to time I'll report on wines from the cellar [that I hadn't gotten around to yet].

Nov. 30, 2008 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

A Vintage of Transition

A retrospective tasting of 1999 Côte-Rôtie

Posted: November 30, 2008  By James Molesworth

Nov. 30, 2008 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

1999 Côte-Rôtie Retrospective

Posted: November 30, 2008  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Penfolds' Showcase Wines

Posted: November 4, 2008  By Harvey Steiman

When Penfolds rolls out some of its best wines for a retrospective tasting, the results can make a powerful case of just how good Australia can get. The wines don't need hyperbole, which spokesman Matt Lane nonetheless indulged in when he welcomed a mixed group of trade and media in San Francisco by calling it "one of the most spectacular tastings most of us have been to.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

The Other Dom

Posted: October 29, 2008  By Bruce Sanderson

Most Champagne lovers know the name Dom Pérignon, but there is another Dom—one, in which I have stated in a past blog , that deserves more attention. Nicolas Ruinart, who founded the Champagne house Ruinart in 1729, was a nephew of Dom Thierry Ruinart.

Oct. 15, 2008 Issue  :  Retrospective/Vertical

Penfolds St. Henri Vertical

Posted: September 4, 2008  

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