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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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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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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Champagne in the sky

Two value airlines for transatlantic business class By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.Com  27 December 2017 Writing articles about wines means traveling to vineyards. And my work in media relations for the Council of Europe also includes several flights a year. Each holiday season, I return to my home in Virginia to see friends and family. […]

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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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Unsung? Perhaps, but well done!

The Salon des Vignerons Indépendants  By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Some great values from the Jura, the Côtes du Rhône, the Loire Valley, Saint Joseph and Champagne among others …   19 February 2017 As I prepare my trip to cover Bordeaux en primeur in late March, I took time to taste through wines from […]

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English fizz hits the headlines

And it is delicious: Visit to Gusbourne Estate By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  24 July 2016 Just how delicious English bubbly can be was reconfirmed to me over dinner with Gusbourne Estate’s Andrew Weeber and promotion agency Vita Bella’s Guillaume Jourdan. It was the conclusion to a wonderful day of visiting vineyards, tasting wines, and enjoying […]

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Crafting personalized Champagne at Duval-Leroy

Champagne before it becomes Champagne – and making it your own 19 June 2016 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com One of the most unique things about Duval-Leroy Champagne is that the domain permits individuals – usually wealthy businessmen and their mistresses, as I was told at the estate – to craft their personalized bubbly blend. […]

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Dom Perignon 2006: a generous vintage

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 16 April 2016 Dom Perignon. The abbey at Hautvillers. When I visited back in 2014, I had an amazing vertical, reaching back to 1969, my notes were published by Harpers Wine & Spirit. Dom Perignon can be really delicious. I like it most in vintages with extra briskness, like 1996, […]

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