Wine snapshot: Terreno Chianti Classico

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  18 May 2020 Welcome to my new weekly wine feature: “wine snapshot”, where I pick a wine favorite each week. And this week we find ourselves in Italy. Finishing final sips of the Terreno Chianto Classico 2014 reminds me of a wonderful tasting last September at the unique Winery Hotel […]

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Wine snapshot: Château Sociando Mallet 2003

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  11 May 2020 Welcome readers to my first wine snapshot: a weekly feature. Each Monday, I will do a profile of a single wine that I like. And we start things off on Monday 11 May with the fine Château Sociando Mallet. With impeccable gravel over clay and clay limestone […]

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Champagne in the time of Corona. Virus, that is.

“Champagne makes you feel like it’s Sunday, and there are better days around the corner.”  – Marlene Dietrich By Panos Kakaviatos  27 April 2020 A similar version of this article appeared in winereviewonline.com  Sorry for the weak title: a play on “Love in the Time of Cholera”, but anyway … 😁 Last month on a […]

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Who needs wine experts?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  21 January 2020 Not too long ago, the highly respected American public news channel National Public Radio asked, “Is wine tasting junk science?” It referred to several academic studies that implied the irrelevance of wine expertise. For example, a 2001 study in Bordeaux caused a stir when a PhD candidate […]

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Holiday friendship and wine

From grand cru Burgundy, to top Bordeaux and exquisite Champagne, I may have had enough wine for 2020 😉 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  13 January 2020 Once a year, old friends gather for a final holidays feast with excellent wines, and this year’s gathering was no exception. Ken Brown coordinated this year’s dinner at […]

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Ode to Châteauneuf-du-Pape

It’s only rock and roll, but I like it.  by Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 28 December 2019 The bottles seemed endless. Fifteen producers had delivered three bottles for a dinner I had organized at the restaurant of the French embassy in Washington D.C. earlier this month. But the restaurant staff received 180 bottles of wine […]

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Ode to Dom Ruinart

290 years old and going strong By Panos Kakaviatos at wine-chronicles.com  23 December 2019 Ever since dear wine loving pal Randall McFarlane organized an exciting vertical of Domaine Ruinart – here an older text about that – I discovered just how amazing the wines from this Champagne house can be. After tasting the 1996 for […]

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Portugal’s underrated dry wines

Fine (and inexpensive) : both red and white 2 December 2019  By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Lunching late last month at the upscale JNcQUOI in Lisbon cost a friend and myself €155 not including tip, but the restaurant’s bustling French brasserie style ambiance with elegant furnishing and décor, matched by superb dining options, make this […]

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Ode to France, Les Accabailles and Les Crus Classés de Graves

Tasting dinner of top Pessac-Léognan wines at Château Carbonnieux By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 21 November 2019 A round-trip on the high-speed train TGV traversing France from Strasbourg to Bordeaux and back took less than 6 hours. No stop in Paris. Comfy, first class seat at €170: Convenient, efficient and greener than flying or driving. […]

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Burgundy bargains?

Sure, at Pernand Vergelesses   By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 29 October 2019 In Beaune at the Centre Interprofessionnel Techniques des Vins de Bourgogne, I was welcomed earlier this month by tasting director Hervé Bianchi, to assess nearly 30 white Côte de Beaune wines from 13 producers – both premiers and villages crus – from […]

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