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James Molesworth

July 2006

A Rhône Marathon
Posted: Jul 31, 2006 4:18pm ET
Well, I just finished my last flight of Rhône wines this morning, and now I get set to write my next tasting report on the region (slated for the Nov. 15 issue). As I run the numbers, I see I tasted 626 wines in total - a big jump over the previous year, when I tasted 401.
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Our 2006 Restaurant Awards - Tell Us What You Think
Posted: Jul 27, 2006 1:55pm ET
I'm going to throw the floor open to questions, comments, criticisms and praise of our Restaurant Awards Program, which announced this year's winners in the current Aug. 31 issue. Just a quick run-down first though: The program presents awards based on a restaurant's wine program.
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A Sit Down With South African Vintner Bruce Jack...
Posted: Jul 21, 2006 10:00am ET
I sat down with Bruce Jack the other day, to get caught up on things in South Africa. Jack, 36, is the owner and winemaker at Flagstone winery, and he’s what I consider a typical South African vintner: quality oriented, producing a moderate volume (about 70,000 cases a year) and focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc (the Cape’s best grapes, along with Chenin Blanc).
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I Just Got Excited About Côtes du Rhône. Really, I Did...
Posted: Jul 19, 2006 3:38pm ET
I just got excited over a flight of Côtes du Rhône, not exactly the wines I normally get fired up over. Sure, there are plenty of good ones, and even the occasional outstanding one. They’re great with bistro fare or when you want to knock something back without paying big bucks or having to think too much about it.
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Hotter Than The 4th of July
Posted: Jul 17, 2006 4:06pm ET
The only thing hotter than New York City right now (where it is a steamy 95+ degrees) might be the '03 Hermitage from Jean-Louis Chave. With production at one-third of normal levels, the wine has quickly reached stratospheric prices.
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Making Wines to Please Critics
Posted: Jul 11, 2006 4:31pm ET
Let’s set the record straight – at least, my record – on this whole ‘wineries making wines in a style to please critics’ argument that’s raging right now in my colleague James Laube's blog.
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Complex Food With Complex Wine = Too Much Complexity?
Posted: Jul 7, 2006 3:49pm ET
I usually prefer simple food with great wines, like a grilled steak with a big Bordeaux or Rhône – or the opposite, complex foods with simpler wines, such as seafood with exotic spices and sauces with a clean, crisp white.
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A Four-Day Weekend Put To Good Use
Posted: Jul 5, 2006 1:47pm ET
Thanks to the four-day weekend, I was able to pillage my cellar a little bit more than usual. And when I looked back on the carnage of empty bottles (the heavier the recycling bin, the better the weekend, I say), I saw how the weekend could be divided up into its own wine flights.
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