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Harvey Steiman

January 2009

The Secret Dynamic of Wine Prices
Posted: Jan 29, 2009 1:00pm ET
When economic times go bad, you might expect wine prices to go down. So you might wonder why that expensive wine you want to save for a special occasion still carries the same high suggested price it always did.
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The Cheese Maven
Posted: Jan 27, 2009 11:38am ET
I have known Clark Wolf since 1980, when I wandered into the new Oakville Grocery in San Francisco. Without a greeting, he said, “Here, try this,” and stuffed a dried tomato in my mouth. Clark was irrepressible then, and still is today.
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The Other Australians
Posted: Jan 23, 2009 4:39pm ET
Last week, when I wrote about one veteran Australian winemaker’s thoughts about old vines, I promised to report on the other wines that caught my attention in the wide-ranging tasting. Wine Australia, the commercial promotion arm of the Aussie industry, put together one of the more impressive arrays to prove that Australian wine is more than big Shiraz from South Australia.
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Levels of Corkiness
Posted: Jan 21, 2009 12:00pm ET
Obviously my colleague James Suckling struck a nerve with his blog describing how a sommelier fumbled a corked-bottle issue at a Las Vegas restaurant. At last check the comment count has topped 70. Several postings seem to suggest that it’s easy to tell if a wine is corked.
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Toasting a New Era
Posted: Jan 18, 2009 9:05pm ET
Rivers of sparkling wine will flow in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday at the receptions following Barack Obama’s inauguration as president. What will you be drinking? Whether you voted for him or not, it will be a historic moment for our country, certainly worthy of a toast.
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Old Vines, Aussie Style
Posted: Jan 16, 2009 12:12pm ET
Phil Laffer posed an intriguing question as the cleanup hitter for a lineup of Australian winemakers presenting some compelling wines to a gathering in San Francisco this week. We had tasted through 15 Rieslings, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons, varieties it’s fair to say most Americans don’t associate with Australia.
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Bubble-icious Wines
Posted: Jan 13, 2009 7:06pm ET
For owner and winemaker Chris Camarda, the bubble has burst at his Andrew Will winery. And that’s a good thing. The bubble in question has nothing to do with finances and everything to do with wine quality.
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Standup Wines
Posted: Jan 9, 2009 1:37pm ET
The other day, tidying up my wine cellar, I came across a bottle of Elk Cove Pinot Noir La Bohéme 2006 standing vertically on the counter. I had brought a bottle home after really enjoying the wine when I tasted it last May.
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Le Cirque on TV Stirs Memories
Posted: Jan 8, 2009 10:00am ET
A Table in Heaven , HBO’s documentary on Le Cirque, the famous New York restaurant, is more than a food or business story. It’s a family saga, as the restaurant’s founder and patriarch Sirio Maccioni prepares to hand the reins to the next generation.
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In Australia, Shiraz Makes Cabernet Sing
Posted: Jan 5, 2009 12:45pm ET
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 ).
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