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Reader mail: Parker’s selective Spanish reviews

Date: Tue, Nov 13, 2012

A reader writes in: I have just seen that Robert Parker has tasted the wines for Jorge Ordoñez and given points instead of Neil Martin. What is going on? I thought after the No Pay No Jay scandal they would be doing things by the book. Very disappointed as I was very happy how Neil [...]

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Amazon wine, now serving

Date: Thu, Nov 8, 2012

Amazon Wine went live today, in time for the important fourth quarter of wine sales. The site appears very similar to what had been discovered previously (read how it works for wineries) and offers exclusively domestic wines with orders fulfilled by wineries. Shipping is $9.99 for up to six bottles and you can only order [...]

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The $12 natural gamay showdown: Lapierre vs Puzelat

Date: Wed, Sep 22, 2010

Marcel Lapierre, the vigneron of Beaujolais, is a grandpappy of minimal intervention, “natural” wine. And Thierry Puzelat in the Loire is a leading, young naturalista. In fact, Puzelat has credited the beauty of Lapierre’s wines as the inspiration for choosing the path to making such wines. Each of them made a reasonably priced gamay in [...]

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Paul Draper on Ridge white (!) Zinfandel from the 70s

Date: Tue, Sep 21, 2010

Sutter Home and white Zinfandel are practically synonymous. The Trinchero brothers of Sutter Home started making the sweet, pink wine from (red) Zinfandel grapes in the mid-1970s. To everyone’s astonishment, the wine exploded in popularity and within a few years was selling a million cases a year. While this story is well-known, at least within [...]

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Saber this! Sommelier attempts world sabering record in one minute

Date: Mon, Sep 20, 2010

Who said wine isn’t a contact sport? In an attempt to break a world record, Harry Constantinescu, sommelier at the St. Regis Hotel in Atlanta, had a crack and a zing at sabering 22 bottles of Champagne in 60 seconds last Friday.

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Daniel Johnnes, Burgundy man, now imports Bordeaux

Date: Fri, Sep 17, 2010

Above – Patricia and Pierre Bernault from Chateau Beauséjour whose wines are now available in the US market for the first time as of five days ago. On the left, Pascal Collotte of Chateau Jean Faux. Enthusiasts of French wine often either love Burgundy or Bordeaux. For Daniel Johnnes, who imports many Burgundies as well [...]

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Lady Gaga’s meat dress: impossible food-wine pairing?!?

Date: Wed, Sep 15, 2010

Ah, meat. You’d think this one would be a no-brainer for pairing with wine as so many of the full-bodied reds made today are natural wine pairings. But we don’t like to make it easy for you–that’s not impossible, after all! So here you have it: raw (unspecified) meat that has been on Lady Gaga’s [...]

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Fill ‘er up: self-serve tanks bring wine to French supermarkets

Date: Tue, Sep 14, 2010

Keg wine and wine vending machines just got supersized: 500 and one-thousand liter tanks have landed in French supermarkets. Bring your own resealable bottles, Poland Spring containers, jerrycans, whatever. Or you can get one at the store. Select your grade (red, white, or rosé). Pump. Print receipt. Astrid Terzian introduced this concept that hearkens back [...]

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Jacques Cousteau and the amphora [children's books]

Date: Fri, Sep 10, 2010

We’ve talked about children and wine education before. And recently about divers finding old wine under the sea. So I was surprised to stumble on a reference in a book I was reading to my kids the other day, The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, by Dan Yaccarino. “When diving in the waters near [...]

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Benfold’s, somm video, Viagra, wine competitions – sipped and spit

Date: Thu, Sep 9, 2010

SIPPED: impossible pairings! The robotic sommelier videos are back! And this could be the funniest one ever! Click above to view the encounter between diner an open/close-minded diner and an exasperated somm. SIPPED: Red, white and…blue? “Viagra-spiked wine nearly kills husband” [winetimes.co.za] SIPPED: good times Elin McCoy plunges into the fun of Beaujolais 2009 [Bloomberg] [...]

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Forget the Tea Party – where’s the Wine Party? [Bill Koch]

Date: Tue, Sep 7, 2010

The August 30 issue of the New Yorker contains a much-discussed profile of the Koch brothers, the billionaires bankrolling the Tea Party and libertarian organizations. But who wants a Tea Party when a Wine Party would be much more fun? The words “billionaire” and “Koch” are familiar to ardent wine enthusiasts; the book The Billionaire’s [...]

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Lobster roll: impossible food-wine pairing?

Date: Thu, Sep 2, 2010

Last week, I was in the Cape, existing more or less solely on seafood. One dish, if you will, that has transcended New England appeal and now is making a showing in the trendiest spots in NYC (including out of basements in Brooklyn) is the lobster roll. Simple in preparation, it consists of about four [...]

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Designing a lighter Champagne bottle

Date: Tue, Aug 31, 2010

Have you ever lifted a bottle of champagne and thought, “Wow, that’s heavy!” Well, the bottles are heavy partly with good reason: to contain all the sparkly goodness, which can be six times the atmospheric pressure. (And, of course, there’s a little bling factor to the bulk.) Apparently, before sufficiently strong bottles were developed, cellar [...]

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Kangaroo testicles? An impossible food-wine pairing

Date: Tue, Aug 31, 2010

Who is man enough for an impossible food-wine pairing? Well, for those with a set of steel, head on over to the seventh (!) annual World Testicle Cooking Championship in Serbia. There, the AP reports that chefs prepare bull, boar, camel, ostrich and kangaroo testicles in such dishes as testicle pizza and testicles in bechamel [...]

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