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Harvey Steiman

June 2007

The $1,400 Question
Posted: Jun 29, 2007 1:06pm ET
I got a taste of a $1,400 bottle of wine this week. No, it wasn't a Montrachet, Pétrus or single-barrel trockenbeerenauslese. It was a fortified Muscat from Australia. Rutherglen Muscat comes from a far-off corner of the wine world—a hot region in Victoria, near the border of New South Wales.
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Sparky Marquis, Home Wine Taster
Posted: Jun 26, 2007 11:55am ET
When you name your new winery Mollydooker (Australian slang for left-hander), you don't expect to do things the usual way. Sparky and Sarah Marquis, both lefties, unabashedly aim for crowd-pleasingly plush textures and ripe flavors in their wines, bucking a national trend in Australia toward more refinement and delicacy.
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What's Happening at d'Arenberg?
Posted: Jun 21, 2007 2:12pm ET
For years, d'Arenberg has been one of my go-to wineries from Australia. Everything from the McLaren Vale winery seemed to show distinctive character and refinement. Having recently tasted some of the newest releases, I have been puzzled by an apparent change in direction in the top wines.
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I Smell a Rat, and It Smells Good
Posted: Jun 18, 2007 10:59am ET
Two big food movies stand out amongst this summer's fare. Catherine Zeta-Jones stars as a driven chef in No Reservations , opening in July. It's an American remake of the German film "Mostly Martha," which starred the ravishing Martina Gedeck.
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Honest Aussies
Posted: Jun 14, 2007 12:34pm ET
In my experience, Australian vintners are a candid bunch. They don't try to put a good face on things if they're going bad, and they don't shy away from saying something nice about competitors if they deserve it.
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You Haven't Heard the Half of it
Posted: Jun 7, 2007 2:32pm ET
Suddenly, it seems, half is hip. More and more good restaurants are beefing up their selections of 375-milliliter bottles, and not just mass market wines but the kind of drink-me wines that those of us who look for something special will want to drink.
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