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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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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Krug 96 from magnum

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  24 December 2017 Did I get your attention? Good, because that was not the only bottle that we enjoyed. Tis the season to drink well. And, well, I enjoyed myself too much, as I had left my written notes behind from a fabulous, over four hour lunch on 22 December at […]

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Gevrey-Chambertin 2016

Looks to be quite good. Savvy buyers should seek village level wines. By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 27 November 2017 Based on a 16 November tasting of village, premiers and grands crus, 2016 appears to be darn good for Gevrey-Chambertin. Many thanks to Fabienne Nicot for the kind invitation to taste so many wines from […]

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“Bourgogne Côte d’Or”

A brand new premium regional Burgundy By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  25 November 2017 Much of this text was published in Wine Business International yesterday, Friday November 24. I recall hearing about a new level of regional Bourgogne wine, already a few years back at a press conference held in Beaune. It was supposed to represent […]

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First impressions of Bourgogne 2017

Early impressions: a bit too low acidity for some whites, better overall from reds By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 19 November 2017 Based on a tasting of wines – to be sold today at auction at the famous Hospices de Beaune – the 2017 vintage seems to reflect a vintage where whites were more challenging […]

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“Fine flowering” cause for hope in Bourgogne

News from the BIVB – 20 June 2017 No two years are the same in the Bourgogne winegrowing region. After fast flowering, which was over by mid-June, even in those areas that tend to tardiness, any fears about springtime frosts were soon a “distant memory” according to a press release from the Bourgogne Wine Council […]

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Haut Brion and Yquem verticals and so much more

Starting 2017 on the right foot By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com 6 January 2017 2017 already started with a wine bang, thanks to this dinner organized by Randy McFarlane. So consider this text a part 2 of sorts – and what a great tasting dinner this was, too. Each January, Ken Brown organizes our annual holiday […]

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Randy McFarlane’s feast of wine at 1789

Haut Brion, Climens, Dom Ruinart, Dauvissat, Barolo – and so much more By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 4 January 2017 Leave it to Randy McFarlane to organize such a great event. I have known Randy and his wife Caroline for over 10 years now, and we get together annually on several occasions to drink and […]

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“Prenatal Bourgogne” 2016: reds seem better than whites

By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.Com 23 November 2016 Now the that the Hospices de Beaune auction is behind us (you can read my report on that here) – with a very good result overall for important charities – we can talk about some very, very early assessments of the quality of the vintage. Having visited […]

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