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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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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Clos Vougeot: 2008 to 1989

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  29 May 2018 The name evokes legends. And the château is a beautiful place, as you can see in the picture I took this past March, for part of a fantastic week of the Grand Jours de Bourgogne. The day was 22 March 2018, and the tasting? A vertical for media only, […]

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Is Bordeaux “the new Burgundy”?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 31 March 2018 What in the heck prompted this title? Believe it or not, a dear friend who has been on allocation lists for the last 15 years or so of some of the top Burgundy producers. When I went to Burgundy earlier this month for a tasting of Clos […]

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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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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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