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Will Bordeaux 2011 Be Remembered for Whites?

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 07:42:37 +0000

There has been a tremendous amount of excitement in the tasting rooms and cellars of Bordeaux that 2011 is shaping up to be a very good year for white wine.

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First Taste of Pomerol 2011

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:06:04 +0000

If there is one commonality between the Pomerol 2011 wines, it is that time and time again they possessed a saline minerality and freshness on the palate.

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Bordeaux Price Falls Expected

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:40:06 +0000

Today marks the beginning of the Bordeaux "Primeurs" week, one of the most important dates in the wine-tasting calendar and for the world’s largest fine-wine region.

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Lebanese Wines from Chateau Musar

Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:21:39 +0000

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Carla Rzeszewski and Serge Hochar
Food and wine pairing is always a tricky business, but somehow I suspected that the wines of Serge Hochar and the cooking of April Bloomfield would make a perfect match. Bloomfield’s cooking is earthy and elemental, characterized by intense flavors and quirky in the best sense, always surprising us somehow, and much the same could be said about the wines of Chateau Musar, the Lebanese winery founded by Serge’s father Gaston Hochar in 1930. Last night Hochar was at the Spotted Pig hosting a dinner that featured some of the most original and eccentric reds, whites and roses that I’ve ever tasted.

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Sampling Sauvignon Blanc

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:39:04 +0000

Although Cabernet Sauvignon is the grape that brought Napa Valley both fame and acclaim, another sort of Sauvignon—Sauvignon Blanc, also happens to thrive there as well.

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Riesling is Beloved, but Lemberger is on the Rise

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:03:41 +0000

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Dan Mitchell of Fox Run Vineyard.
Winemakers from the Finger Lakes region in New York know how to produce – and promote – Riesling. It’s the grape they all talk about though they grow many others including Gewurztraminer, one of my favorite Finger Lakes-grown-grapes. I was surprised and delighted when I stopped by to taste the Fox Run Vineyard wines at New York Drinks New York (an event at Astor Wines) this week and vineyard manager Dan Mitchell actually wanted to talk about Lemberger instead. It’s a red grape that’s currently taking New York by storm, according to Mr. Mitchell. “We can’t keep it in stock.”

The Rise and Fall of Wines from Oz

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 18:04:54 +0000

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Chardonnay grapes at a vineyard near Melbourne.
The rise and fall of Australian Shiraz has been one of the more dramatic stories in the wine business in the past several years. And there aren’t many bright spots ahead- at least not yet. Sales are still down by a considerable margin (save for a few pockets of growth) and wines from heralded producers like Jeffrey Grosset are no longer even imported to this country. Entire import companies like Dan Philips’ Grateful Palate have disappeared. Grateful Palate went into receivership about two years ago and Philips himself seems to have vanished.

Legislative Update: Wine Stored in State

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 20:21:12 +0000

The New York State Senate is voting on a piece of legislation that calls for wine companies to have all wines that are sold to the New York market to be held  “at rest” in the state for 48 hours.

Super Tuscan Seconds

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:23:25 +0000

Super Tuscan wines have gone in and out of fashion several times since someone first thought up this moniker for wines that didn’t fit the DOC rules for Chianti.

Age Worthy? WSJ Readers Weigh In

Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:07:04 +0000

The issue of age weighs heavily on the minds of WSJ readers. The age of wine, that is. A dozen or so men and women sent me emails last week, in response to my column on the subject. Aging wine raises a lot of questions... and worries.