Posted: December 4, 2007 By James Laube
Today we return ever so briefly to the 1977 Joseph Phelps Insignia, for its evolution as a wine and wine style marked a radical departure for what would have otherwise been known as Napa Valley Cabernet.
Posted: November 30, 2007 By James Laube
The best way to learn how wines age is to drink older wines. Sure, you can trust the opinions of others who have experience with mature wines. But there’s nothing like firsthand knowledge. Every year I taste hundreds of aged wines in various settings.
Posted: November 29, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
For lunch Monday we dined at La Ciau del Tornavento , a hilltop restaurant with beautiful view looking out over the Langhe and off to the Alps in the distance. The restaurant holds a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence and offers more than 2,000 selections, primarily from Piedmont.
Posted: November 27, 2007 By Harvey Steiman
The phone rang in the next room. I put down the bottle of wine I was pondering in my wine cellar, and rushed to get the call. My friend Leonard wanted to know what time to arrive on Thanksgiving. He, his wife and daughter were joining us.
Posted: November 27, 2007 By James Suckling
Posted: November 26, 2007 By James Suckling
Posted: November 25, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
I finally arrived in La Morra, in Barolo, Friday evening. It was a long trip and mostly uneventful, although the drive from Milan’s Malpensa airport took a little longer than I had expected. By the time I took the Asti exit in the direction of Alba, it was getting dark.
Posted: November 21, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
I am curious, like my colleague James Suckling, what the fuss is about truffles. So I’m traveling to Piedmont to find out firsthand for myself. It’s a region that has long interested me. I’ll be staying in the Barolo zone and visiting a few producers of Barolo and Barbaresco.
Posted: November 15, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
I had lunch a few weeks ago with Richard Geoffroy, the erudite and fascinating chef de cave of Moët & Chandon’s Cuvée Dom Pérignon. He had organized a tasting for me to showcase some recent vintages, some of which will be designated for the Oenothèque program, along with some current and past Oenothèque bottlings.
Posted: November 15, 2007 By James Suckling
Posted: November 9, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
Louis Roederer ’s Cristal is one of the most prestigious and widely recognized prestige cuvées from Champagne. Yet, often in my blind tastings, it doesn’t stand out. Although the 2000 and 1999 vintages rated outstanding (91 points), I rated the 1997 88 points and the 1996 initially 90 points, before giving it 94 points a year later.
Posted: October 22, 2007 By James Laube
One of these days someone is going to put together a tasting of all of Paloma’s wines and I hope they can find and include the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon. Until Saturday night, I’d only had this wine twice.
Posted: October 22, 2007 By James Molesworth
It was a celebration weekend for me: I hit a major milestone. The big three-seven. I invited a few of my tasting department colleagues up to the house for some food and wine—simple food, with a fall theme matched with great wines.
Posted: October 17, 2007 By James Molesworth
When I was in South Africa back in March, I had the good fortune to be served a piece of South African wine history: The 1966 GS Cabernet, which I blogged about then , before writing a column about it later on.
Posted: October 3, 2007 By James Laube
I first met Milt and Barbara Eisele in the early 1980s at a hospitality lunch they hosted at their home for one of the early Napa Valley Wine Auctions. The couple lived south of Calistoga, where they tended their namesake vineyard.
Posted: October 2, 2007 By Bruce Sanderson
I love beginning a good meal with a glass of Champagne. But how about serving a different Champagne with each course throughout the meal? Though many people serve Champagne exclusively for toasts or celebration, fine Champagne is a great match with food.
Posted: October 2, 2007 By James Molesworth
Amazingly, last weekend the only wine I had was a glass of Indaba Chenin Blanc while out for lunch on Saturday. Nancy was still away, so I had the girls all to myself for the weekend. By the time each day was over and they were in bed, I was ready for bed myself, not a glass of wine.
Posted: October 1, 2007 By James Laube
I visited with Barney Rhodes at his home in Rutherford on Friday. Barney will turn 87 this year and is in fair to good health. He’s an old friend and one of the great wine men of Napa Valley and beyond, a true connoisseur with an incredible cellar (actually two) who knows fine wine about as well as anyone.
Posted: September 28, 2007 By James Molesworth
Nancy is out of town this week—letting off some steam down in Miami with her girlfriends. She’s left me to wrestle with the kids in the morning and at night. The fridge has a few containers of microwavable dinners to sustain me until she gets back.
Posted: August 16, 2007 By James Laube
Yesterday, amid a nightmarish run of bad corks in a flight of 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets we were tasting in the office, we coined what, for us, is a new phrase to describe an odd malady—a wine that’s "double-corked.
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