Yes, Napa reds can age very well (and more tales with Washington D.C. winos)

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 8 August 2015 Back in Washington D.C. I flew in to see my mother who is going to have to undergo surgery. At 85 years of age, a delicate matter. It was great to be able to meet great friends from the Washington D.C. tasting group I have known now for […]

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Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg Les Chaignots Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 2009

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 2 June 2015 I have been to Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg on several occasions and the wines from this estate are terrific. Sisters Marie Andrée and Marie-Christine run the estate, which was once run by their father the late Dr. Georges Mugneret. The style is suave yet with structure for aging. Friend […]

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Business lunch at the one star Buerehiesel

Restaurant review by Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com 7 February 2015 We were seated in a well-sunlit space, the large windows offering lovely views of the trees in the surrounding Orangerie park on a cold, yet sunny February day. The site was the Restaurant Buerehiesel, located in the heart of Strasbourg’s rather expansive and pastoral park, […]

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2012: Bouchard kicks ass. Older vintages, too.

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles 17 January 2015 Bouchard Père & Fils is the largest estate in Burgundy’s famous Côte d’Or. At least since 2003, I have been a regular taster of wines made by Bouchard and appreciate winemaking director Philippe Prost’s aim towards elegance and finesse as an overall style. Indeed, even in hot […]

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The empire strikes back: Latour 59 and 62 and why I love Bordeaux

11 January 2015 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Most of 2014 I spent visiting wine regions outside of Bordeaux, from Southern Styria to Nemea, Greece. Like many #wine lovers, I got tired of the escalating prices of top Bordeaux wines. And as much as I love Burgundy, there too, some domains have been jacking their […]

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No crystal balls: assessing prenatal 2014 Burgundy

16 November 2014 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.com I always enjoy tasting the pre natal wines of the Hospices de Beaune with Michael Apstein, M.D., who is a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, a wine educator for more than 20 years, a freelance contributor to many national magazines, James Beard Award winner for wine […]

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Burgundy’s world famous auction kicks off

15 November 2014 By Panos Kakaviatos for Wine-Chronicles.Com November in Burgundy is known for Beaujolais Nouveau and the Hospices de Beaune wine auction. The latter is more interesting. This year’s auction takes place in the midst of absurd prices for top Burgundies, so we should not be surprised if another sales record is broken. As […]

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French foires aux vins use Parker points as sales points

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles It is that time of year again in France when supermarkets and chains – and, increasingly – wine boutiques are holding sales for wines in the twice a year foires aux vins or wine fairs. Typically, the featured wines are Bordeaux, many from en primeur campaigns that went bust. Plenty […]

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Thierry Brouin of Clos des Lambrays

For the past 35 years, Thierry Brouin, 66, has been winemaking director at Domaine des Lambrays in Morey St Denis. Formerly a consultant for the national French appellation authority INAO (1975-1980) and an oenologist by training, Brouin is widely recognized as having revived the fortunes of the estate – which is mainly known for its […]

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Is it mainly silky versus earthy?

Comparing Morey-Saint-Denis with Chambolle Musigny can be treacherous By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  To accompany an order of Kobe beef, a customer at the Chanticleer Restaurant on Nantucket Island took my advice back in 2008 and ordered a Domaine Pierre Amiot et Fils Morey-Saint-Denis Aux Charmes Premier Cru 2003, which I had recommended as full-bodied. He […]

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