Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous Comments & Thoughts’ Category
The Wine Advocate files suit against Antonio Galloni for “Fraud, Breach of Contractual Obligations and the intentional and unjustifiable withholding of tasting notes and articles.”
“Consumers don’t pay attention to tasting notes in general anyway. They largely follow scores, until they outgrow scores and notes and develop their own tastes. For these more advanced wine drinkers, scores are primarily important if they are wine investors.”
The wine market has been very tough particularly in Greater China including Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. These markets are at the heart of the slow-down. There are far too many players there currently. There is going to be a shakeout, which will be painful but necessary.
When news that Federal Judge Richard Berman ruled the FBI had probable cause to search the home of Rudy Kurniawan broke, wine lovers all of the world rejoiced! The trial of Rudy Kurniawan could take to place shortly!
In what many people are calling the biggest news of the year in Bordeaux, Jean Guillaume Prats leaves Chateau d’Estournel in St. Estephe after 14 years at the helm.
Today there are no more bad vintages. Bordeaux will never experience another dreadful vintage like 1969, 1972 or 1991. Technology, vineyard management techniques and the money needed to make the best wines possible are available to Bordeaux wine makers today.
Sharing bottles with new and old friends alike is what makes the hobby rewarding. Hedonism is something to be embraced. If they do not have shirts with that printed on the front in Dusseldorf, assuredly, they would sell well to the infamous Cellar Devils living there.
My original plan was lunch and a visit to old town to walk, get acquainted with the city and take pictures. My hosts were so fun and inviting, I could not refuse their kind offer. Within minutes, a sea of glasses was placed before me, all double blind!
Life changing bacon roll’s, more addictive than crack, 1989 Haut Haut Brion good enough to make you cry, 1991 Guigal La Touque that left you speechles, more Bordeaux wine and a perfect dinner The Ledbury in London.
Very little happens just by pulling the cork. Using simple laws of physics, it is the action of decanting that causes most of the effects to take place in the wine. The movement of the wine allowing air to mix with the liquid begins the chemical process.