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A WINE STORY  Lunch with Juan Muñoz-Oca, head winemaker Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018
It was a delightful time spent with a winemaker though who is still quite young but started his career at Columbia Crest in 2003. Juan with Renae Kochel of Ste Michelle. It was very refreshing to meet Washington-based Juan Muñoz-Oca, head winemaker Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, today in downtown New York. As you might know, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is one of the largest wine companies in the world. Juan was in Manhattan today to talk about two new red wine blends he developed with Ste.
A WINE STORY  Visit to Domaine Ferrer Ribiere
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
We try some other delicious sweet wines, such as the 2015 Matero cuvee with succulent flavors of blackcurrant and blueberry, and the Rancio 2003, a delicious wine made in a deliberately oxidative style that I find delicious. What a wonderful visit to Domaine Ferrer Ribiere in Terrats. This is a small winery in the foothills of the Canigou, just 15 km South-West of Perpignan, near Spain. The Domaine consists of 29 hectares of vineyards located on a variety of soil types.
A WINE STORY  Union Des Grands Crus comes to NYC for 2014 Vintage
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017
Grand Puy Lacoste 2009, 2006, 2005, 2003. Branaire-Ducru 2003, 2001 and 2000. Great showing for the 2014 Vintage. Earlier that day, The Wine Media Guild (excellently coordinated by Mark Golodetz) featured speakers Fabien Teitgen, Technical Director at Smith Haut Lafitte, Emeline Borie of Grand Puy Lacoste and (the general manager representing Patrick Maroteaux of Branaire-Ducru) and wine from their Chateaux. Smith Haut Lafitte 2009, 2006, 2005, 2012 and Smith Blanc 2012.
A WINE STORY  Visiting the Malvira Winery in Roero DOCG
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016
With the help of his sons Massimo and Roberto (Giacomo’s father), the family bought historic vineyards, increased production, entered the export markets, and in 2003 created the restaurant and charming Inn. Malvira Winery “And now,” says charismatic young winemaker Giacomo Damonte of the Malvira Winery, lining up several bottles of white wine. “We We will try the Arneis!”.
A WINE STORY  Meeting Marcelo & Patricia Borcado from Proemio Winery
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016
During the lunch at the fashionable Le Cirque, we tasted through their range which included Malbec and Cabernet Savignon Reserva 2015 on one end (both $19.99) and a very special 2003 Bordeaux style blend on the other, which they made for their daughter’s 15th birthday party. Marcelo Borcado and Harriet Lembeck. Proemio – Prologue in old Medieval Spanish, stands for kick- start or first page. This is indeed the beginning of the winery’s story.
A WINE STORY  New Wine from Cristobal Undurraga Marimon
| THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016
In 2003, Cristobal Undurraga Marimon found himself in Mendoza, Argentina, as Lead Enologist for Vina Kaiken, a position he held until 2007 when his father, two brothers and sister asked him to return to Chile to oversee the vineyards and winemaking for a new project called Koyle … the first new wine label to be released from the Undurraga family since the family sold the vineyards, winery and family label in 2006.
A WINE STORY  Wine and Cheese Classes at Murray’s Cheese!
| FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016
In 2003 he obtained a PhD in Chemistry at the School of Chemistry directed by Dr. Paul A. I’m very excited to attend a class next Tuesday at Murray’s Cheese Tuesday May 10, where we will explore wine from Uruguay with winemaker Francisco Carrau! Uruguay is the fourth-largest producer of wine in South America.
DR. VINO  Quinta do Noval turns 300 – A tasting with Christian Seely
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016
At this point, as with the 2003, 2000 and 1995 that we tasted, the wines have good complexity and spicy qualities but are not yet incredibly concentrated. The 2003 is approaching drinkability while the 2012 and 2013 both seem very solid but, for me, are in the impenetrable phase now. The 2011 and the 2003 Nacional were both much more concentrated than their Vintage counterparts. Who cares about port?
A WINE STORY  Visiting Ferhettina Winery in Franciacorta
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015
This gorgeous estate was built in 2003 yet is designed in a way to resemble the Old World. So I am here at the Ferghettina winery in Franciacorta, where winemaker Felippo Rossi is showing us around. Roberto Gatti bought 10,000 acres in this region, built a strong reputation running a small winery, bought more land and in 2005 the present modern day Ferghettina winery was opened for business.
DR. VINO  Things heating up in Europe
| MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2015
The last heat wave that had in impact on French wine was 2003, which was the hottest summer since 1540. Emilion Corral over the Pavie 2003) and they have aged poorly. Sadly, the 2003 heat wave also accounted for tens of thousands of deaths across France. Things are heating up in Europe–not just in Greece. A searing heatwave has the continent in its grasp.
A WINE STORY  Meeting George Spiliadis of Cava Spiliadis
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015
To finish off the dinner, we enjoyed 2003 Mavrodaphne Patras, a sweet wine composed of 100% Mavrodaphne with aromas of figs, dried fruits and almonds. George Spiliadis. Close your eyes for one moment and imagine the beautiful coastlines of the Greek islands. The golden sun is shinning, the water is a sharp bright blue, and the chalk-white jagged cliffs are quite something to behold.
A WINE STORY  Madeira Wine Institute Master Class & Gourmet Pairing Dinner
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014
HM Borges Sercial 1979, D''Oliveiras Terrantez 1977, Henriques & Henriques Single Harvest Boal 2000, Justino''s Colheita 1995, Barbeito Single Harvest 2003, and Blandy''s Colheita Malmsey 1996. Consider this delicious looking (and tasting!) shot of Caramelized Foie Gras with Fresh Fig Infused with Spices. What wine would you pair with it? Sauternes?
DR. VINO  Put a Burg on it: d’Angerville Jura
| THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
Guillaume d’Angerville has made sophisticated and elegant wines at his family domaine in Volnay since he took over in 2003. But recently, the story goes, his curiosity was piqued in the wines of the Jura: a Parisian sommelier poured him a chardonnay from the region blind and d’Angerville took it to be a white Burgundy.
A WINE STORY  Chateau-Figeac Vertical & Lunch
| FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014
a fellow journalist said, trying the new vintage after a vertical of Chateau-Figeac and Petite-Figeac starting from the 2003 vintage (with three vintages of Petite-Figeac, including the 2011, 2012, and 2013.). winemaker Frederic Faye & Madame Marie-France Manoncourt. This 2013 is delightful!"
DR. VINO  Robert Parker, live
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
” * On tasting the controversial Pavie 2003 this month: “[I] was having problems with it though. “When I retire, I don’t want to see the wine writing profession wither away.” ” That was one of the many provocative things that Robert Parker said before–get this–a room of wine writers (which prompted some chortles on twitter about new career paths). Granted, wine writing and journalism more generally have changed since Parker was at his peak.
A WINE STORY  2008 Croft Vintage Port
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014
How could I know it was a 2003 blind tasting it? 2003 was a generally declared vintage year. Inky, jammy black fruit on the nose and palate, very well balanced with med+ racy acidity, muscular yet supple tannins, and a long finish of crushed blackberries and minerals. Aromas: violets,blackberries. Other flavors: spice, black currant, cinnamon, nutmeg, loganberries, mission fig (fresh, ripe), black prune (moist, top quality), cassis.
SLAKED  2003 Flowers Camp Meeting Ridge
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014
2003 Sonoma USA Hazy light purple color. The nose is still tight but not fresh. Nice herbal notes with tart raspberry and lingering clove, vanilla, but the wine unfortunately is past prime. I have another bottle which I''m going to hold to see how it tastes in as long as I can hold it for.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  An Evening with the Champagnes of Benoît Lahaye
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013
By 1996 he had begun to work organically, in addition to using cover crops in the vineyards and experimenting with biodynamic treatments; the estate was fully converted to organic viticulture in 2003, and certified organic in 2007. Benoît Lahaye is probably the best grower/producer in Bouzy right now. I use "probably" because I haven''t sat down recently with a bottle of Champagne by Camille Savés or Paul Bara. But I feel pretty confident on this one.
A WINE STORY  Visiting the Marramiero Winery in Abruzzo
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013
Dante Marramiero 2003 (named after the father of Enrico) comes from old vines over 60 years – juice fermented with skins in big oak casks. So imagine reaching a beautiful wine estate in the heart of Abruzzo … driving up the road just at the twilight hour.
A WINE STORY  Visiting Domaine Lamarche
| SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013
Since 1997 she has taken responsibility for the family’s prestigious line-up of Grands Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot, and the best of the Vosne 1er Crus (Malconsorts, Suchots Croix Rameau) from her (late) winemaker father whom she joined after oenology school in 2003. “Take your time with this,” says Nicole Lamarche, speaking of the Grand Crus we are here to taste.
SLAKED  2003 Ch. Pichon-Longueville
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
France Bordeaux 2003 Very dark, black-purple color. Tight, mildly briny, a hint of dry mushroom, a little musty. The funk sort of blows off - should''ve been decanted. It reveals notes of dark cocoa, toasted nuts, semisweet wild blackberry. The tannin is very soft, and it finishes nicely. Fine, but needs a good decanting to open up still.
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  British Superbikes Donington 2013 Live Streaming Grand Prix Free
| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
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EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Hamburger SV vs Eintracht Braunschweig Live Streaming 2013 Free
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013
The footballers of Hamburger SV played since the recent rise in 2003 in the women''s Bundesliga. Watch Hamburger SV vs Hoffenheim Live Streaming Bundesliga 2013 from Justin.tv, ATDHE, MYP2P, Lemonsport, Livescorehunter, lshunter, ilemi, and Many More! in Justin, Sopcast, Ustream, Vshare, Livevdo, Freedocast, Veemi, YYcast etc. Hamburger SV vs Eintracht Braunschweig Streaming Saturday, 31 August 2013 - 14.30
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Sunderland vs Southampton Live Stream Free
| SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2013
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EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Molde vs Rubin Kazan Live Stream Free
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013
Rubin Kazan plays since 2003 in the top Russian league (Premjer league) and was in the seasons 2008 and 2009 Russian champion, and in 2012 Russian Cup winner. Molde vs Rubin Kazan Live Stream - Europa League Qualifications on 22.8.2013 Molde vs Rubin Kazan Live Stream Thursday, 22 August 2013 - 18.00 GMT Time The FC Rubin Kazan (Russian ?????????? ???? ????? ??????; Tatar ????? ????? ?????? ???????;
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  St Gallen vs Spartak Live Streaming 2013 Online Free
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013
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EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  CSKA Moscow vs Kuban Krasnodar Live Streaming 2013 Free
| SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2013
The football team won the Soviet championship seven times, namely in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1970 and 1991, and the Russian Cup in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2012/13, beyond the Soviet Cup in 1945, 1948, 1951, 1955 and 1991, the Russian 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, also 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009, the Russian Supercup. Watch CSKA Moscow vs Kuban Krasnodar Live Streaming Russian Premier League Match on Sunday, 18 August 2013. Here you can watch the games online for free.
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Sunderland vs Fulham Live Stream Free
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013
In 2003, we got down from the Premier League and played two years in the Football League Championship. Sunderland vs Fulham Live Stream - Barclays Premier League on 17.8.2013 - 15.00 GMT Time Sunderland vs Fulham Live Stream Saturday, 17 August 2013 - 15.00 GMT The Sunderland AFC (officially: Sunderland Association Football Club) - also known as The Black Cats - is an English football club based in Sunderland in the north east of England.
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Rubin Kazan vs Randers Live Stream Free
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2013
Rubin Kazan plays since 2003 in the top Russian league (Premjer league) and was in the seasons 2008 and 2009 Russian champion, and in 2012 Russian Cup winner. Rubin Kazan vs Randers Live Stream - Europa League Qualifications on 8.8.2013 Rubin Kazan vs Randers Live Stream Thursday, 8 August 2013 - 17.00 GMT Time The FC Rubin Kazan (Russian ?????????? ???? ????? ??????; Tatar ????? ????? ?????? ???????;
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  Wine Glasses and Champagne
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013
But this wine is made entirely of Pinot Noir, and is composed of wines from vintages 1994 - 2003 (the current release includes some 2004 I believe - this one was released a few years ago). Warning: I am about to write about an expensive wine glass, and I will suggest to you that it is the best of its type, and worth the money. And furthermore, that if you pay good money for good wine, you should buy this glass if you have not already. Why the warning?
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Watch FC Nordsjaelland vs Zenit St.Petersburg Live Streaming Free
| TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013
Then the cup wins in 1999 and 2010, the League Cup in 2003 and the successful championships followed in the years 2007, 2010 and, 2012. Watch FC Nordsjaelland vs Zenit St. Petersburg Live Streaming Champions League 3rd Qualification Match on Tuesday, 30 July 2013. Here you can watch the games online for free. Nordsjaelland vs Zenit Live Stream Tuesday, 30 July 2013 - 18.00 GMT The FK Zenit St Petersburg (Russian ?? «?????» ?????-????????? / FC "Zenit" St.
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Watch Lokomotiv Moscow vs CSKA Moscow Live Streaming 2013 Free
| FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013
The football team won the Soviet championship seven times, namely in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1970 and 1991, and the Russian Cup in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2012/13, beyond the Soviet Cup in 1945, 1948, 1951, 1955 and 1991, the Russian 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, also 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009, the Russian Supercup. Watch Lokomotiv Moscow vs CSKA Moscow Live Streaming Russian Premier League Match on Sunday, 28 July 2013. Here you can watch the games online for free.
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Dinamo Moscow vs Spartak Moscow Live Streaming 2013 Online Free
| FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013
In addition, there are three gains of the Russian Cup in the years 1994, 1998 and 2003 to book. Watch Dinamo Moscow vs Spartak Moscow Live Streaming Russian Premier League Match on Saturday, 27 July 2013. Here you can watch the games online for free. Dinamo vs Spartak Moscow Live Saturday, 27 July 2013 - 09.30 GMT Spartak Moscow is a which originate from the Russian sports club Spartak Moscow football club and is in Moscow , the country''s capital, is home.
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Watch Hamburger SV vs Inter Live Streaming Friendly 2013
| THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013
The footballers of Hamburger SV played since the recent rise in 2003 in the women''s Bundesliga. Watch Hamburger SV vs Inter Live Streaming Friendly 2013 from Justin.tv, ATDHE, MYP2P, Lemonsport, Livescorehunter, lshunter, ilemi, and Many More! in Justin, Sopcast, Ustream, Vshare, Livevdo, Freedocast, Veemi, YYcast etc. HSV v Inter Streaming Saturday, 27 2013 - 15.30
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Watch Djokovic vs Murray Live Streaming Wimbledon Men Finals
| SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2013
Professional since 2003, four-time winner of the Australian Open in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, winner of the U.S. Watch Djokovic Murray Live Streaming Final Men Wimbledon 2013 Championships on July 7, 2013 Online Free Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray Men Final 2013 July 7st, 2013 - 18.00 GMT Time Novak Djokovic (pronounced [n?va vi? ?? ?] Serbian Cyrillic: ????? ???????, Novak Djokovic) 4, is a Serbian tennis player, born 22 May 1987 in Belgrade.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  Domaine Huet - Recent Changes and a few Old Bottles.
| THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
In 2003 Huet was sold to the Hwang family and it was widely reported that Noel Pinguet resigned because of disagreements with the new ownership. A little over a year ago Noel Pinguet resigned his position as the wine maker at Domaine Huet , the Loire Valley legend that is generally considered to be its finest producer of Vouvray wines.
SLAKED  2003 Ch. Moulin Saint Georges
| MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013
France Bordeaux 2003 Brooding blackberry color and aroma. Fragrant oak, cinnamon, and fruitcake. Traces of pencil and wood shavings. Highly perfumed and pure and very clean on the palate. Delightfully long. Is this a hidden gem? I almost never see it on the left coast.
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Watch Superbike Monza 2013 Live Stream - Italy Grand Prix
| SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013
In 2003, the FIM changes the rules for limiting the displacement to 1000 cc regardless of the number of cylinders. Superbike Monza 2013 Live Stream - Italy Grand Prix 11-12 May 2013 Superbike (SBK abbreviated) is a category of motorcycle road racing. There are national championships (France, Great Britain, Germany, USA.) and created a world championship in 1988. This is managed by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM).
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Watch AC Milan vs Catania Live Stream 2013 Free
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
AC Milan has participated in 11 finals of the Champions League (1958, 1963, 1969, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2005 and 2007), which makes the team to play the greatest number of this final test after Real Madrid CF (which has 12 to his credit). [link] [starttext] AC Milan vs Catania Live Serie A 2013 Sunday, 28 April 2013 - 19.45
DR. VINO  What they’re drinking: The Wine Advocate, Inc.
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Ponsot 2003 Clos de La Roche. Chapoutier 2003 L’Ermite Ermitage Blanc. Pegau 2003 Cuvee da Capo CNDP. La Jota Anniversary 2003. It’s pretty common to post pictures of which wines you’re drinking on Instagram or Twitter. If you’re drinking really great stuff, I suppose it’s a little douchey (although those photos do get the most “likes,” etc).
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK  Watch Nascar Sprint Cup 2013 Live Stream Kansas Speedway
| FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013
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A WINE STORY  Wines from Santorini
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013
I tasted a 2003 from Agape Roussou that was incredible, like an aged chenin blanc. Today a fabulous lunch at Molyvos restaurant in NYC to celebrate Greek Wines from Santorini. Sofia Perpera, Enologist, who is the director of Greek Wine Bureau-North America set up this tasting and lunch, featuring a number of producers who brought a variety of wines, though most happened to be Assyrtiko.
A WINE STORY  Meeting Enrique Tirado of Don Melchor & Vintage Tasting
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013
We have been measuring the internal water content of our plants with a Scholander pump since the 2003 season, and this allows us to better manage irrigation in the vineyard to guide the plants and enable them to reach the maximum level of maturation,” explains Tirado. What an intriguing and enchanting night!
DR. VINO  Confronting climate change in Germany – four views
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013
Now, warmer vintages are becoming more frequent as 2003, 2006, 2007, and the current releases from 20011 show. Thomas Haag of Schloss-Lieser, Andreas Adam of A.J. Adam, and Dorothee Zilliken of Zilliken. Confronting a warming climate was one of the main topics at a panel discussion at the recent Rieslingfeier. Historically, Germany has been at the northern limits of wine production where the grapes struggled for ripeness.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  The Ability to Withstand Magnification
| MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013
In a riper vintage like 2003 for example, the essential restraint should still be evident. The other night a friend came over for dinner and he brought with him a bottle of white Burgundy, a wine that reminded me why it is that I love white Burgundy. Not that I needed a reminder - some of the finest wines I've ever drunk have been white Burgundies. I'm not put off by the bottles that don't live up to expectations, even though these can be costly disappointments.
A WINE STORY  Wine Media Guild: Three St. Julians
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013
Of the newer vintages, I liked the 2003 and 2005 though the 2010 shows lots of promise. Philippe Blanc & Lilian Barton Sartorius flank Wine Media Guild Guest. Thanks in part to the exhaustive efforts of WMG member Mark Golodetz and the generosity of two top St. Julian chateaux, members were treated to several vintages of Chateau Beychevelle and Chateau Leoville Barton. The vintages started as early as 1986 and up to 2010.
DR. VINO  Drinking with William Shatner, dancing with the stars: wine bling of the day
| WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012
Topping off the lot are rare reds: 3L 2003 Colgin Cellars IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine and 3L 2003 Colgin Cellars Cariad Napa Valley Red Wine. Want to drink from a 12-liter bottle of Domaine Serene with William Shatner? Or get lessons from the cast of Dancing with the Stars at the Bel Air home of Ann Colgin? Or stay at a Napa vintner’s guest cottage and drive his Porsche 911 convertible around for a month?
A WINE STORY  Review: L’Assiette Champenoise in Reims
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012
In 2003 , Arnaud, at 29, was the youngest chef selected by Alain Ducasse to take part in the Fou-Food France adventure — an operation that enables young provincial chefs to come and present their work at one of the finest restaurants in Paris, the Plaza Athénée. Our group of professionals (we are chefs, journalists, food scientists) had our last luxurious lunch at the celebrated L'Assiette Champenoise.
A WINE STORY  HEG: Final Lunch at Assiette Champenoise
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2012
In 2003 , Arnaud, at 29, was the youngest chef selected by Alain Ducasse to take part in the Fou-Food France adventure — an operation that enables young provincial chefs to come and present their work at one of the finest restaurants in Paris, the Plaza Athénée. so after checking out of the Hotel de la Paix, w headed for our last luxurious lunch at the celebrated L'Assiette Champenoise.
DR. VINO  Liver battle: French politician says “non” to California wine
| FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012
Sure, whenever diplomatic feathers are ruffled between France and the US, such as the 2003 showdown in the UN, French wine gets dumped down drains in protest. California banned the sale and production of foie grasas of July 1. Now, a politician in the heart of a foie gras-producing region of France is hitting back: by calling for a boycott of California wine …Ooh, that will bring the industry to its knees!!
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  A Jacky Truchot Wine Dinner
| THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012
The lineup was impressive: Fight 1 1999 Morey-St-Denis 2002 Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbes 2003 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers Flight 2 2002 Clos de la Roche 2003 Clos de la Roche 2004 Clos de la Roche Flight 3 2002 Charmes-Chambertin 2003 Charmes-Chambertin 2004 Charmes-Chambertin Flight 4 1999 Charmes-Chambertin 1990 Charmes-Chambertin 1989 Charmes-Chambertin Before I share thoughts on the wines, I want to share a few criticisms about the food - the pairings specifically.
A WINE STORY  Tasting Quality wines from Sartori di Verona
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012
Consulting winemaker Franco Bernabei, hired in 2003, was another notch in the winery's success. fabulous experience today tasting the wines of Sartori di Verona at SD26, a fine Italian restaurant in Manhattan, where these excellent wines were paired with five courses. What made the tasting lunch so special was the passion of owner Andrea Sartori, who came across as a very traditionally-minded Italian of the classic world.
A WINE STORY  Bordeaux Review For En Primeur
| FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
We tried the 2009 the winery created for En Primeur, After the tasting, we enjoyed a 3-flight tasting of the 2006, 2003, and 2000 vintages in a presentation led by Sarah Jane Evans MW with wines procured by Sylvain Boivert, Director of the Conseil des Grands Crus Classes en 1855. One of the benefits of being a Master of Wine student is an "introductory" trip to Bordeaux, where students have the opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn more about the region.
A WINE STORY  Gaja Vertical Tasting of Sperss at Vinexpo
| MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
The 1996 , 2001, 2003, 2005, were all fab with their own special character. News 1997 1998 2001 2003 2005 antonio gaia sperss tasting vinexoFabulous vertical of sperss today at Vinexpo. a packed audience gathered together at 10am to hear Antonio Gaia speak about the Sperss vineyard which means "nostalgia" in Italian.
DR. VINO  Deep throat reveals Cameron state dinner wines
| THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012
In fact, the Bush White House served the Peter Michael “Les Pavots” 2003 ( about $275 ) to none other than Queen Elizabeth when she visited in 2007. Even though the White House is no longer printing the names of the wines on the menu nor releasing them after the fact, it turns out that we had our own “deep throat” at the event: none other than the wine person of the last decade , founder of Cellertracker, Eric Levine.
DR. VINO  More on Rudy K’s arrest on counterfeiting charges
| MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012
The compliant states that Kurniawan had been living illegally in the US since 2003. The story of Rudy Kurniawan’s arrest on charges of selling counterfeit wine has been all over the news since the FBI arrested him on Thursday.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  The Worst Wine and Food Pairing in History?
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012
Served with the final third of a 375 ml bottle of 2003 Chateau Rieussec. Got home late at night from a business trip. Tired, malnourished, mal-slept, dirty from airplanes. Hungry, very hungry, and thirsty too. In the fridge - leftover spaghetti and meatballs. I made this, but it was four days earlier. Still pretty good. This was opened three days earlier when a friend brought it over for dinner, and since then it sat in the door of the fridge, uncorked.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  A Noël Verset Wine Dinner
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011
I didn't care for the 2003, although I recognize that it is well made wine. Not too long ago I was fortunate enough to attend a dinner featuring the wines of Noël Verset. The company was great, and so were the food and the wines. But this was truly a special experience because Noël Verset's wines are no longer being made - they are quite rare, and are increasingly expensive when they can be found.
A WINE STORY  Discovering the Wine Properties of AXA Millesimes
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
2001 with its silky cherry notes, sweet vanilla, and delicious balance along with flavors of mocha and casis; - 2003 with its notes of Prince Edward Cherry Tobacco, vanilla, and ripe fruit; - 2005 with the flavors described above along with more ripe red integrated and concentrated fruits, much more extracted too …. “A French insurance company owns a Chateau?” the woman’s voice says, incredulous.
A WINE STORY  Visiting winemaker Nicole Lamarche of Domaine Lamarche
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
Since 1997 she has taken responsibility for the family’s prestigious line-up of Grands Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot, and the best of the Vosne 1er Crus (Malconsorts, Suchots Croix Rameau) from her winemaker father whom she joined after oenology school in 2003. Nicole Lamarche and her mother. Welcome!” says Nicole Lamarche, a petite, dark haired young woman with a quick, confident manner that silently supports the fact she is a brilliant winemaker.
VIGNA UVA VINO  Chateau Leoville Poyferre St. Julien 2003
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Julien 2003. The world of wine has been good to me. It's allowed me to meet interesting people with broad tastes and vastly different backgrounds. Ray O., after over a year of following my blog, recently took a trip from his hometown in Austin Texas to the Big Apple. We met for dinner at a small French BYOB called La Sirene, and Ray brought a bottle of Chateau Leoville Poyferre St.
A WINE STORY  Catalunya in NYC & Josep Roca of El Celler De Can Roca
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011
Lo Piot 2003 Cesca Vicent, D.O.Q. "20 wines!" exclaimed a fellow particpant at today's Master Class tasting of Catalunya wines led by Josep Roca, Co-Proprietor, Sommelier, and Wine Director of the (Catalunya based) Michelin 3-star restaurant El Celler. He was in New York today to lead a Master Class tasting of 20 distinctive wines from Catalunya (all available in the US) including Cava, a white, and mostly reds from the region.
DR. VINO  Orange ya glad you asked? Levi Dalton on orange wines
| SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011
Damijan 2003 “Kaplja” Damijan 2004 “Kaplja” Radikon 2003 “Jakot” Radikon 1997 Ribolla Gialla Riserva. Vodopivec 2003 Vitovska. Orange wines are sweeping the nation! Well, something like that. These white wines emerge from their fermentation on the grape skins with a rich, sometimes orange, hue. Since orange is the color of the season, it’s particularly apt to discuss, if not try, orange wines now.
DR. VINO  Aid Olivier Cousin goes global [AOC]
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
The biodyanamic farmer of 25 acres in Anjou told Jim Budd that he left the AOC system in 2003 because it was too lax. Although we mentioned it last week in a squib, it bears mentioning again: the French authorities have threatened Olivier Cousin, the horse-tilling vigneron that is a mentor for many younger ones, has been threatened with a $50,000 fine and two years in jail. His transgression? Goofing around with names.
A WINE STORY  Marathon 2011 Bordeaux / New York
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
in 2003 nonetheless. Today is the first day of Harvest at Brane-Cantenac. one of my favorite wineries in Bordeaux and I must say, I wish I was there! Above is a photograph taken earlier, and the grapes look perfect and ripe! When i think of Bordeaux, I usually think of fun and sun (and wine, of course) and not running. In fact, it's actually impossible to find a treadmill or gym. yet people do run -- and train -- especially the team drawn from fifteen top Bordeaux wine.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  July Wines - a Laundry List
| TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011
2003 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese , price unknown, Terry Theise Selections/Imported by Michael Skurnik Wines. This was simply delicious wine, and as my experienced Riesling friends who shared it with me explained, in the context of the very hot 2003 vintage, this wine is remarkable.
A WINE STORY  Les Feux de la Saint-Jean 2011
| THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011
The evening started with Billecart-Salmon champagne on the lawn in front of the chateau, and then a tent dinner with langoustine and steak, served with 2009 Schlossgut Diel Goldloch Riesling, Grosses Gerwachs, and 2003 Chateau Phelan Segur 2003 en magnum. Chateau Phelan Segur in Saint-Estephe hosted a fabulous Les Feux de la Saint-Jean, which traditionally celebrated the beginning of summer and harvests. In the past, a large fire was lighted in each village.
A WINE STORY  Master Class: des Crus Classes de Sauternes & Barsac
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
Chateau Guiraud paired their 2003 with seared beef and red chile, while La Tour Blanche paired there wine with tea-smoked ducked. So what fun to attend the special VinExpo "Master Class" on pairing Sauternes with Chinese food. I was very excited to attend for two key reasons: First, I won an AXA scholarship for my ideas on the subject, and second, a benefit of the scholarship was a day at AXA property Chateau Suduiraut picking grapes (and even vinifying them!)
A WINE STORY  VineExpo: Press Dinner at Haut-Brion Grand Cru Classics en 1855 Medoc et Sauternes
| MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011
Médoc Grands Crus Classés from the 2003 vintage accompanied an entrée of Field-dressed purple beets with semi-sweet vinaigrette, cocoa and acacia honey by Alain Passard. Fabulous opening dinner at Haut-Brion last night for the press. Haut-Brion was the host Chateaux, with each table hosted by the members of the Grand Cru Classes de 1855 of Medoc and Sauternes.
DR. VINO  Vintage 2011: wacky wine weather
| MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011
Is it 2003 all over again? Weather: it’s what you discuss in elevators or with the in-laws. But if you’re a winemaker or even a wine consumer, it can actually be pretty important. And things are heating up in talking about weather in the wine world. Especially if you are in Bordeaux that is, since it is en fuego ! Or something like that: The heat has been abnormally high and the rainfall is way below average.
A WINE STORY  2010 Bordeaux: Wine Spectator James Molesworth Reviews
| MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011
Former WS editor James Suckling also called the 2003 Pichon-Longueville the "Wine of the Year". So excited to read the June 30, 2011 issue of Wine Spectator and see that Mr. Molesworth has given some of my favorite wineries top points! I also tasted these wines at En Primeur, and agree with his notes.
A WINE STORY  Update on Marston Family Vineyard Wine Dinner at Park Avenue Spring
| MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011
The next course, baby beets with bacon and pistachio pesto was served with the Marston Family Cabernet 2003, a very rich and luscious wine. Elizabeth Marston and Husband Jamie of Marston Family Winery at Park Avenue Spring. Last Thursday it was very exciting to meet Elizabeth Marston and her husband Jamie, who with Elizabeth's parents run Marston Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley.
A WINE STORY  Wine&Spirits Top of the List 2011 Seminars
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011
Movia 2003 Goriška Brda Puro. Joshua Greene with Movia owner/winemaker pointing. topic: natural wine movement. Wow, talk about a wine education! While everyone else was enjoying the delicious wine at the Top of the List Tasting, I was attending three fabulous seminars with the luminaries in the wine world. Santorini Beyond Greece. W&S senior editor Tara Q.
A WINE STORY  Interview with Philip Blanc of Chateau Beycheville
| SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2011
During dinner, we tasted several vintages of Chateau Beycheville: the 2003, 1999, 1985, and 1978. Chateau Beycheville 2003 had a very deep garnet color with intense nose of black licorice and spice. Called the “Versailles of the Medoc” Chateau Beycheville is a Saint-Julian Great Growth, boasting an elegant, palatial chateau and French gardens with ivory statuary.
A WINE STORY  A Wine Story - Untitled Article
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011
As a special treat, we also tried six topaz colored sweet wines called VinSanto with vintages that inclueded 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 1989. Wines from Santorini. Today the Wines of Santorini hosted a fabulous seminar, with the tasting guided by Dr. Yiannis Paraskevopoulos o of GAIA wines, one of Greece’s top oenologistss. The focus of the tasting was the 2010 harvest, projected to be one of the best of the last decade.
VIGNA UVA VINO  Castello di Monastero Lunanuova Vin Santo del Chianti 2003 DOC
| TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011
Made from 80% Malvasia and 20% Trebbiano grapes that are ventilated and dried for about 2 months before aging in traditional oak barrels for 5 years. The appearance is a clear amber color, aromatically complex and mature, with hints of oak, caramel, orange peel, pine resin, rosemary, and floral notes, followed by honey, animal, an intensely fruity herbaciousness showing medium sweetness and acidity.
DR. VINO  Assessing risk and reward in white Burgundy
| MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
Bernard Morey et Fils, Chassagne-Montrachet, “Les Embrazées,” 2003 : from the hot vintage, the wine was flabby and a little tired. Marc Colin et Fils, Chassagne-Montrachet, “Les Chenevottes,” 2003 : fresher than the Morey, not oxidized, but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s not every evening I get to taste ten white Burgundies with a decade or so of age. For one, they’re often expensive.
A WINE STORY  Wines of Canada – Seriously Cool Chardonnay
| FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
Southbrook Vineyards Poetica 2003. Southbrook Vineyards Poetica 2003. What a very curious name for a Canadian Campaign, yet oh so. Actually, the word 'cool' is clever as it describes two clear facts about this Chardonnay: it is cool climate (read Burgundian cool) and the idea of a Canadian Chardonnay is, well, cool.
DR. VINO  How does cabernet franc age? A visit to Domaine Baudry
| FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
While I don’t doubt his report, the delicious 2003 would certainly have outpaced it in my view. However the 2003 had good acidity and tannin, as well as a plummy mushroomy note. Since it is all sold out everywhere, and Matthieu also has a son born in 2003, he told me to send my son over to share a bottle from his son’s stash a decade or two hence. How does cabernet franc age?
DR. VINO  Antonio Galloni of the Wine Advocate [Q&A]
| TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011
The 2003 Barolos were hard to taste because the tannins were so hard, but the 2004s were much easier because the tannins were sweet and ripe. There’s a new order at the Wine Advocate. Last month, Robert Parker announced editorial changes at the publication he founded in 1978.
DR. VINO  Headaches, histamines and GM yeast [ML01]
| FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011
He says that it took him 15 years to develop ML01 before he released it commercially in June 2003. Hennie van Vuuren (right) suffers headaches after drinking young red wine. As a result, the professor in Biotechnology at the University of British Columbia has spent a large part of his professional life researching why. His solution: ML01, a genetically modified yeast.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  Visiting Champagne Salon in Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011
Most of it was replanted in 2003 and none of the grapes have been used in Salon vintages since then. My final visit of the Champagne trip was also one of the grandest, a visit to Champagne Salon. It was getting dark when we arrived but Export Director Jean-Baptiste (Tista) Cristini walked us out the back of the house and into a vineyard called Le Jardin. Still, it was a rush to be standing in one of the 20 vineyards that Salon uses to make their wine.
DR. VINO  Taylor Fladgate’s fine 20-year-old tawny
| MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2011
A final note: at the tasting we also had a few vintage ports, the first time I had tasted the 2003 and the 2007 side-by-side and, while both very young and excellent, the 2007 is superb. I don’t drink a lot of port. But a glass of tawny every now and then can be fun, even in the absence of Stilton, a roaring fire or a bearskin rug. In December, I poured some ports at the end of a tasting and they were more popular than I had imagined.
DR. VINO  Domaine des Baumard: under screwcap since 2005
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011
The experiment first started in 2003. Florent Baumard makes gorgeous, beautifully precise wines from Savennieres, Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume, among other appellations. His family has been making wine there since 1634. But since 2005, in a move somewhat at odds with the region and age-worthy wines, he’s been putting the wines all under screw cap.
DR. VINO  Do Australian Rieslings need more age?
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2011
By contrast, the 2003 vintage of the same wine is much more accessible, with toasty almost honeyed notes, and a much rounder texture. The Contours vineyard at Pewsey Vale, Eden Valley. The Seppelt Drumborg Riesling 2010 has the fresh lime aromas of a young Aussie Riesling. But on the palate, the dry wine is tightly wound, wrapped in a crunchy, almost impenetrable shell of acidity.
VIGNA UVA VINO  Santa Sofia Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Gioe 2003
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011
From one of the most prestigious DOC regions in Veneto, the Valpolicella, the Begnoni family produces this fantastic Amarone by drying the grapes for 90 to 120 days, aging for 36 months in Slovenian oak and then 12 months in Allier oak, and finally 8-12 months in bottle, the blend is 65% Corvina, 30% Rondinella and 5% Molinara with 15% alcohol.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  A Coteaux Champenois Tasting
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011
2003 Benoît Lahaye Coteaux Champenois Bouzy Rouge , not imported ( kindly donated for this tasting by Jeffrey Alpert, whose company Jeffrey Alpert Selections imports Lahaye's sparkling Champagne ). The nose opens slowly (as with all of Lahaye's wines) but shows real elegance, especially in light of the very warm 2003 vintage. Not all Champagne is sparkling wine.
A WINE STORY  2003 Chateau Pichon-Longueville: James Suckling “Best Wine of Year!”
| FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011
I am so excited to read on Christian Seely's blog (managing director of AXA's wine investments) that James Sucking called Pichon-Longueville 2003 his wine of the year. I tasted the 2003 in a verticle at the Chateau and it was fabulous. Bordeaux News axa chateau longueville 2003 christian seely james suckling wine of the year
IMBIBE NEW YORK  Climbed over mountains/Travelled the sea…
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2010
Wine Stories 2003 Gosset Célébris Rosé BrutWith a ring of spring flowers Twisted around her wrist She walked foot over stones -pudding and round- Smooth rocks warming The void of each arch — At a mountain stream -fruity and red- On its bank She plucked ginger So startling and austere She sharpened her tongue and tossed a rock Sending ripples across [.].
VIGNA UVA VINO  Montevertine Toscana Rosso 2003 IGT
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2010
From Radda in Chianti, Tuscany, Montevertine's Martino Manetti produces this blend of 90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, 5% Colorino, with malolactic fermentation in cement vats, and aged for 24 months in slavonian oak barrels, then 6 months in bottle. Showing a light bodied gem with ruby red colors, an intense dark and wonderful bouquet of raspberry, dried figs, cigar wrapper, sour cherries, tea, and leather. On the palate ripe black cherry, pepper, textured layers and velvety super long finish.
DR. VINO  Christmas wines: which wines did you uncork? [Mugnier]
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
As a result, the family let others manage the properties and such was the case with the Clos de la Marechale, which Faively managed until 2003. Ah, Christmas. Despite big meals on Christmas eve and Christmas day, Christmas food pairings get little attention from all those people who were so forthcoming with pairing advice on Thanksgiving. Perhaps it’s because there’s no national consensus on the menu. Or maybe those with pairing suggestions are all paired out.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  A Whole New Problem Begins to take Shape
| SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010
Nothing to fear here, as this wine was utterly majestic, one of the finest wines that I have ever drunk, and I say that with absolute conviction, like GW Bush in 2003 declaring the end of the war in Iraq on that aircraft carrier. In the past few weeks I had the opportunity to drink 3 old Nebbiolo wines, all courtesy of my old pal Deetrane. These wines were fascinating, and they were incredibly delicious, even if in one case, only for a short window.
A WINE STORY  Verticale La Grande Rue Tasting at Domaine Lammarche during Hospices de Beaune
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2010
The 2000, decanted from a magnum, had very ripe tannins, while the 2003 was one of my favorite wines, sultry, with very pretty fruits, great perfume, sultry high notes of vanilla and licorice. Extremely honored to be present at the Domaine Lamarche La Grande Rue verticle in Vosne Romanee just before the 2010 Hospices de Beaune auction on November 18.
VIGNA UVA VINO  Half Dozen from OZ
| SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010
Flight 1 Penfolds RWT 2003 Creamy cherry aromas with a slight indication of citrus rinds and roasted meats, on the palate flashes of raisins and ripe cherries, the alcohol is evident at first but after a few hours starts to open nicely. talian wines paved the way for my wine education, but last night my friend Eric Guido provided a detour for me: A blind tasting of six Australian wines from the famed Barossa Valley.
A WINE STORY  Libation in Lisbon
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
Rita is a woman with a great deal of charm who is managing the enormous property for her father, a businessman from Lisbon who bought it 2003. … so when you think of Portugal, you probably think of Port, yes? And it’s true, Port has been the signature drink of the country for decades. Yet in the last twenty years, still (and sparkling) wine from Lisbon has taken center stage.
A WINE STORY  Chateau Pichon Longueville
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010
Visiting Pichon Longueville. AXA generously hosted the winners of the AXA Millesimes scholarship offered to students of the Master of Wine educational program a week in October 2010. It was an incredible week of excitement, learning, travel, exploration, and a fairy tale few days at this incredible Chateau (see that second floor turret? That was my room).
VIGNA UVA VINO  Consorzio Vino Chianti Reception and Dinner at Maialino Restaurant
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2010
Castelvecchio Chiacchierata Notturna VinSanto Del Chianti 2003 DOC 70% Trebbiano and 30% Sangiovese (that's right, Sangiovese), grapes are selected and hung from the ceiling until December, then aged in caratelli for 5 years, and 3 months in bottle before release.
VIGNA UVA VINO  Instituto Grandi Marchi Tasting
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Biondi-Santi Tenuta Greppo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2003 100% Sangiovese Grosso, 3 years in oak barrels, at least 4 months in bottle, aromas of sweet violets and roses, rosewater, sour cherries, structured tannins, great long finish. On October 25th at The New York Public Library The Instituto Grandi Marchi presented their “Premium Brands”.
A WINE STORY  Discovering the Wine Properties of AXA Millesimes
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010
“A French insurance company owns a Chateau? the woman’s voice says, incredulous. Yes, one can imagine that most people think that a top wine chateau in Bordeaux is owned by a French aristocrat, yet the world has taken quite a turn since the days that this might have been the case.
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE  Wild Champagnes That I Have Loved
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
This one was probably a blend of wines from 2003, 2002, and 2001, and was aged on the lees for five years. I hung out with Peter Liem for a lot of the past two weeks.