Ringing in 2019 with good vintages (not “great”)

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  11 January 2019 After an annual holiday dinner with wine loving pals – this year at the French embassy in Washington D.C. – the overriding theme was “good” vintages. Neither “off” nor “great”, but vintages that sometimes get overlooked by critics seeking to obtain fame with 100 point scores. And […]

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Splendid cheese ceremony

For the Bucket List  By Panos Kakaviatos  8 December 2018 If you ever find yourself near Basel, Switzerland, do yourself a favor and reserve an evening of the “Cérémonie des Fromages” at the famous Antony Eleveur de Fromages. The sheer talent of owners Bernard and son Jean-François (never – ever say “pasteurized”), shines bright over […]

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Montecucco charm and quality

Or why I should have visited Tuscan vineyards earlier 30 November 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles This is Part I of a three-part article on the Montecucco DOC of Tuscany  A three-day, deftly packed visit of wineries earlier this autumn, with comprehensive tastings of Montecucco in Tuscany, proved one of the best wine tours […]

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Northern Médoc: Sweet spots confirmed in 2016

A modern era 1986? Great stuff in Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe ? (Bordeaux 2016 from bottle, part 2) 11 November 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  Just as we saw how well Pomerol excelled in 2016, another area of consumer interest, also in terms of quality across all price points, is the northern […]

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From 1522 to 2018: Enjoying Philipponnat Champagne

Champagne evening at Mirabelle Restaurant in Washington D.C. By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 November 2018 When asked by Heidi Arnold of the famous Heart’s Delight Wine Auction here in Washington D.C. if I wanted to join a special Champagne dinner with Charles Philipponnat, I hesitated to reply for … not even a second. Over […]

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Judging top wines with oysters

#osyterriot2018 in Washington D.C. By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com (top photo by Maria Denton)  6 November 2018 How do you sample an oyster? You can’t really chew and spit, as you do with wine. That was but one question I pondered, when asked to participate last night as a judge for #osyterriot2018. It was the […]

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Pomerol 2016 from bottle wins big

Including brands at $35-$55 per bottle (Bordeaux 2016 from bottle, part I) 4 November 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  Writing about 2016 from bottle, let’s start with Pomerol, an appellation that is often better now in bottle than it was from barrel in April 2017. This small appellation of some 150 estates is not […]

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Assyrtiko: A Comet beyond Santorini

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 9 October 2018 In recent articles about Assyrtiko in Greece, in Wine Review Online and in Decanter, I focused on Santorini, the grape’s main island claim to fame. But, as Yiannis Karakasis MW reminded me over a marvelous lunch earlier this month just outside Athens, do not limit yourself to […]

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Swiss wine visit

From the Alps to Lake Biel By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  15 September 2018 Greetings dear readers – and sorry for a long absence. Looking for a new apartment here in Strasbourg, and my work for the Council of Europe, which will be taking me to Vienna, Austria ; Odessa, Ukraine and Athens, Greece in […]

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An elitist wine snob should know where to draw the line

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 1 September 2018 Greetings readers, writing to you from lovely Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in Germany, where the harvest has begun earlier than usual given the hot summer. I am here for yet another series of tastings of Mundus Vini, one of the most important wine competitions in the world. […]

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