Valentines Day Pity

Palate shame and pain in a blind tasting By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 14 February 2018 Today is a day of love. I could use some humble pie. A dear friend gathered some people over to his place the other evening for his birthday party and – as he had done two years ago – […]

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California Dreaming

Fine Cabernets from 1984 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 11 February 2018 A few years back, I attended a symposium of Masters of Wine in Florence Italy. It was a fantastic gathering, and I learned many things about the world of wine. One negative memory, however, also sticks in my mind: a California producer sponsoring […]

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Château Franc Mayne sold

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 31 January 2018 Jean-Pierre Savare his family yesterday bought an excellent grand cru classé of Saint-Emilion, which has been known not only for making savory wines, but also for its marvelous bed and breakfast accommodations just near the centre of the most charming town in Bordeaux. Griet Van Malderen was […]

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Fine wine fireworks

Happen once a year From a magnificent Salon 1996 to a surprisingly great Latour 1967 – in a vertical of the first growth – by way of Yquem 83, we had a fabulous time. By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 31 January 2018 Once again Ken Brown succeeded in organizing a most memorable holiday dinner for […]

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Bordeaux 2015 from bottle, part 3

Better whites than expected from the Graves region By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com UPDATED 30 January 2018 It is always fun to review the wines of the Graves in Bordeaux because they are known just as much for whites as they are (these days) for reds. Furthermore, red Graves – dominated for the most part by […]

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Chinese food and aged Bordeaux?

It works By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  29 January 2018 I recently met with friends at a Chinese restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland where we enjoyed 1970 Palmer and 1975 Trotanoy among other treasures with Chinese food. “Heresy” you say? The crazy spice and umami intensity often associated with Chinese food obliterates the soft finesse of […]

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When is the right time for a wine?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  28 January 2018 I suppose the short answer is “anytime” but that would be too facile. January has been always a great month for me to hook up with wine loving friends, old and new, in Washington D.C. during the holiday season, when I take an extended holiday break from […]

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Madeira Magic

Nearly 175-year-old wine and more By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 January 2018 Get set for a story about a special tasting experience of old and rare Madeira wines. While we won’t be boarding a 17th century sailing ship, the journey enters a wine time machine. Historical wine expert Aaron Nix-Gomez proposed a master class tasting of […]

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Fronsac Focus

Tasting Bordeaux 2015 from bottle at The Grand Cercle By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  18 January 2018 It was great to catch up late last year with Alain Raynaud, founder of the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux. He associated this large group of over 160 Bordeaux producers back in 2013, uniting wines of the Right […]

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Crus Bourgeois return to classification

And (many) tasting notes from 2015 in bottle By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 14 January 2018 One of the great, if short-lived, periods in the modern era for the Cru Bourgeois wines of Bordeaux was a 2003 ministerial order that approved the first official classification of the Crus Bourgeois du Médoc, which recognized 247 châteaus […]

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