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The Many Moods of Pinot Noir

So what are the different styles of Pinot Noir? Since so many growers and winemakers refer to it as a “fickle” grape, explaining that it is both hard to grow and often tricky to make wine out of, perhaps we should refer to the “moods” of Pinot rather than styles. Continue reading

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My Top 15 Wines in 2011

So what were my top wines of the year? Out of over 6,750 wines tasted, I rated 15 at 97 points or higher. This year’s list is much more geographically spread out than last year’s, but does reveal my continuing obsession with old Barolos, which comprise five of my top 15 wines. After Barolo comes Burgundy, with three wines—two whites and one red. The remaining seven wines are one each from Bordeaux, California, Champagne, the Rhone, Sauternes, Spain and Port. Mmmm, sounds like a delicious lineup for a dinner. Continue reading

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Me and Pinot Noir: Fun with CellarTracker

While I enjoy virtually all well-made wines, no matter what the varietal or blend, there is a special place in my heart for Pinot Noir. I love the texture—so often silky in youth, becoming more velvety with bottle age as the sediment drops out. There is the nose, which often, in the case of Burgundy, includes roses and “sous bois,” as well as the red fruit, cherry and strawberry characteristics found in Pinot all over the world. There is the taste: often delicate, typically balanced—with Pinot’s light to moderate tannins well matched by the tasty red fruit (sometimes blue fruit and berry)–and refreshing acidity. Above all, however, there is Pinot’s unmatched ability to pair with so many dishes. Continue reading

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40th Anniversary of Saturday Wine Lunch Group

This was the 40th anniversary wine lunch of my beloved Saturday wine lunch group in Los Angeles — a group that has been meeting now for 46 years for a wine tasting lunch every single Saturday. The group has been known to oenophiles in L.A. for many years, and has entertained celebrities and visiting wine dignitaries over the years, including Gloria Steinem, Baron Edmond Rothschild, Robert Mondavi, Janet Trefethen, Barney Fetzer, Don Chappelet, David Stare of Dry Creek, Waren Winiarski, and importers and wine writers such as Frank Schoonmaker, S. F. Hallgarten, Clive Coates, Alex Lichine, L.A. Times Restaurant editor Louis Dwan, and Robert Haas. Continue reading

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