Staying mellow about 'malo' wine

| Sep 8, 2006

Staying mellow about 'malo' wine

T hose who were drinking white wines in the late 1980s and early ’90s will remember the virtual tsunami of heavily oaked “butter bomb” style Chardonnays that swept the world. Living in London at the time, I couldn’t tell whether sea levels were rising ...

Fine-tuning Washington's wines

| Jul 14, 2006

Fine-tuning Washington's wines

Last month’s column on the recent success of wines made from grapes grown in eastern Washington state’s high desert generated a large amount of reader feedback. Most questions ran along the lines of, “If the Washington desert is such a great place for viticulture, ...

Coaxing true delights from a desert

| Jun 9, 2006

Coaxing true delights from a desert

Any remaining doubts about the ability of the Washington state region of the United States to produce world-class wines were recently put to rest when Robert Parker’s legendary Wine Advocate newsletter awarded perfect, 100-point scores to not one, but two Washington wines. Those who ...

Resurrecting Girard

| May 12, 2006

Resurrecting Girard

Good wine at a fair price is not a phrase heard often in Napa Valley these days, but the buzz among Tokyo wine lovers is that the recently revived Girard winery is now delivering just that. The first time we saw the Girard label ...

Bisty boys invade Omotesando Hills

| Mar 10, 2006

Bisty boys invade Omotesando Hills

Nothing makes my heart skip a beat like the discovery of a great new wine. Yet the prospect of paying for a full bottle of something new, only to discover on first sip that it’s definitely a not- for-me style, can prove daunting for ...

| Feb 10, 2006

Napa vineyards survive deluges

Tremendous flooding in California’s wine country over New Year’s made for dramatic, televised scenes of almost completely submerged vineyards. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger added to the excitement, proclaiming, “Napa was 4 feet under water, creating tremendous damage.” The Napa Valley Vintners Association (NVVA) said ...

Perfect winter match: big reds and cassoulet

| Jan 13, 2006

Perfect winter match: big reds and cassoulet

When the Imperial Palace moat begins to ice over, our thoughts invariably turn to the big red wines of southern France, and to the region’s ultimate winter dish — cassoulet. Stretching from Languedoc in the southwest, to the Rho^ne valley in the southeast, France’s ...

Drinking in a historical view

| Dec 9, 2005

Drinking in a historical view

Choosing gifts for the wine lovers in your life can be a minefield, as passions among oenophiles can sometimes run as high as those in the most spirited political or religious debates. To avoid a dreaded, “Oh, you shouldn’t have,” we offer two gift ...

Can Japan sales save Beaujolais Nouveau?

| Nov 11, 2005

Can Japan sales save Beaujolais Nouveau?

Japan overtook the United States as Beaujolais’ top export market in 2004, but a disastrous sales campaign for Beaujolais Nouveau last year raised serious doubts as to whether Asia can save the Beaujolais from the hole that they’ve dug themselves into. By the mid-1990s, ...

Hail Vouvray, Aristocrat of the wine world

| Sep 9, 2005

Hail Vouvray, Aristocrat of the wine world

Just as The Aristocrats is the dirty joke that comedians tell each other after the punters have gone home, Vouvray is the tipple of choice among sommeliers once the ties have come off at the end of the evening. Named after a small village ...