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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2015 Gevrey-Chambertins

Solar vintage sumptuousness – and “sumptuous” pricing By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  20 November 2016 2015 Burgundy is going to be a big winner for lovers of rich and riper styles. While not exactly like 2009, the wines I tasted at this event often seemed to approach that vintage’s characteristics – and for many readers there […]

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Burgundy 2016

Hospices de Beaune preview and harvest news By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 25 October 2016 In late September this year, I had the good fortune to visit the Hospices de Beaune to preview next month’s famous wine charity auction that has been held there annually since 1859, taking place on the third Sunday in November amid […]

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Grand Cru Tour at Maison Louis Latour

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 18 May 2016 Perhaps the most memorable dish was the first: ravioli, langoustines and crab meat set in a delectable emulsion de crustacés. Magnificently paired with Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2000 – from a jéroboam bottle. The wine was full bodied yet vibrant and simply delicious. Then came the Suprême de Volaille, with morilles […]

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Ramonet in Alsace

Perfect tastings and lunch – with Montrachet from Jeroboam – and other treats By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  3 May 2016 What a super surprise to taste a series of great wines from this fabulous Burgundy estate, in the heart of Alsace. The Ramonet family are friends with the Barthelmé family of Domaine Albert Mann […]

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Spring frosts hit Bourgogne winegrowing region unusually hard

Press release from the Burgundy Wine Council – 29 April 2016  I was in Champagne, at Duval Leroy, when this terrible news was reported, and Champagne was also hit by some frost, as I contributed to this decanter.com story. But it seems that the Bourgogne region was particularly hard hit by springtime frosts over the […]

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Making it with Macon, pulling rabbits out of the Pouilly hat

More deals from Burgundy By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  23 March 2016 Just as one can find high calibre, low price octane wines in Chablis, the same can be said for the Mâconnaise region of Burgundy, billed as the Symphonie Mâconnaise during this wine filled Grands Jours de Bourgogne week in late March, a wonderfully festive biennial […]

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Clos Vougeot vertical 2005-1985

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  23 March 2016 What better place to taste Clos Vougeot than at Clos Vougeot? Part of the fantastic week here at the Grand Jours de Bourgogne included a media invite for a vertical of this famous appellation, from a variety of estates stretching from 2005 to 1985. A few months […]

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