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Harvey Steiman

November 2009

Winemaking Secrets Trial Averted
Domaine Serene, Tony Rynders reach agreement
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 9:20am ET
In an out-of-court settlement, Domaine Serene and former winemaker Tony Rynders reached an agreement in their dispute over the winery’s contention that Rynders absconded with trade secrets involving their method for making white Pinot Noir.
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Tannins and Pinot Noir at Chehalem
What works best when wines aim for refinement?
Posted: Nov 23, 2009 1:32pm ET

Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman tastes through the Chehalem Reserve and Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noirs from 2002 through 2007 with vintner Harry Peterson-Nedry, offering his tasting notes below, but ends up talking a lot more about tannins and structure than anything else.

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When Wine Is Not the Priority
Sometimes the pickings are uneven
Posted: Nov 20, 2009 3:05pm ET

On a nine-day vacation in Arizona, the focus was on sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives, not food and wine. Getting good eats and something better than average to drink with dinner was a challenge.

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Matching Wine Mina’s Way
It's not just about acidity
Posted: Nov 12, 2009 10:21am ET

To choose the wines for the menu featuring the food of chef Michael Mina in Wine Spectator’s Nov. 30 issue, I asked his wine director, Rajat Parr, to select three possible wines for each dish. Parr says Mina’s food find their own balance and work seamlessly with well-balanced wines. This tasting demonstrated why it’s balance, not any specific elements in the wine and food, that make a great match.

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Educating Wine Pros About Oz
Wine Australia reaches out to U.S. sommeliers
Posted: Nov 6, 2009 12:40pm ET

Wine Spectator senior editor Harvey Steiman says not to be surprised if your favorite local sommelier suggests an Australian Pinot Noir, or maybe a nice glass of down under Sauvignon Blanc. The country’s wines other than Shiraz and Chardonnay apparently are making quite the impression in a series of six intensive immersion programs designed to “explore the less well-known corners of Australia’s viticultural landscape.”

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Syrah from New Zealand?
Distinctive style from Hawkes Bay may be the next big thing
Posted: Nov 3, 2009 1:22pm ET
Hawkes Bay vintners think they have the golden ground for red Bordeaux varieties in New Zealand. Aside from a few fine ones, most taste green to many Americans. However, Syrah produces a distinctive peppery range of flavors and seldom veers into the overripe flavors that have marred the image of that grape variety in some circles. Which should you go for?
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