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James Molesworth

April 2006

Playing A Game With Wine...
Posted: Apr 27, 2006 4:36pm ET
Burgundy is hot. It’s en fuego. So hot, it’s becoming a better investment than classified Bordeaux. The Sideways phenomenon helped turned American wine drinkers into Pinot Noir lovers, and recent good vintages have kept the train rolling.
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Got Tasting Group?
Posted: Apr 27, 2006 9:10am ET
My tasting group worked its way through a bunch of wines the other night. Two German Rieslings got everyone ready – crackling, live-wire wines from the tremendous ’01 vintage: • 2001 Selbach-Oster Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Zeltinger Sonnenuhr • 2001 Joh.
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Still Waiting...
Posted: Apr 26, 2006 11:39am ET
White varieties, along with early ripening reds such as Merlot, are all mostly picked. But Chilean vintners are in a holding pattern right now with their harvest running late for Cabernet Sauvignon (the country's lead varietal), most of which is still hanging on the vine.
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One Bad Apple...
Posted: Apr 25, 2006 8:44am ET
My friends went to dinner the other night and ordered the ’99 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the sommelier. The sommelier then presented a bottle of ’00 without noting the difference in vintage.
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Items From Down Under
Posted: Apr 24, 2006 11:47am ET
A few items from my beats… • At Matetic , which has been impressive in its first few years, another young winemaker is taking over. Paula Cardenas, 33, will be replacing Rodrigo Soto when the harvest finishes up.
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Patrick Valette Branches Out In Chile
Posted: Apr 21, 2006 12:34pm ET
Patrick Valette has recently been hired to consult with Chile’s Viña Santa Rita. Valette, whose family once owned Château Pavie in St.-Emilion, now lives in Chile and is consulting for a number of wineries, including Viña Quebrada de Macul, TerraMater, Viñedos J.
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Mission Statement
Posted: Apr 21, 2006 10:59am ET
There are many winemakers who run their domaines and work their vineyards personally, handcrafting their wines. They are driven by one tenet – to produce the highest quality wine they can. Typically these winemakers do not have the spare time needed to work the marketplace.
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