The New York Times Book of Wine: More Than 30 Years of Vintage Writing

The New York Times Book of Wine: More Than 30 Years of Vintage Writing

Language: English

Pages: 592

ISBN: 1402781849

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The best on wine from the New York Times! The newspaper of record has always showcased the writing of some of the world's most respected wine experts, and these 125 articles from its archives feature such esteemed names as Eric Asimov, Frank Prial, Florence Fabricant, and R. W. Apple Jr. They cover everything from corkscrews and winespeak to pairing wine with food, wines from the Continent and South of the Border, and restaurant experiences. This is the ideal gift book for wine lovers.

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with “fireside chats” by Mr. Mondavi, held in a chic pre-weathered barn, members get to personalize their vintages, select the amount of time their oak barrels will be toasted and steep themselves in the club’s wine library, which is full of rare first editions. Members will also have their own private wine storage lairs within the cave, which they may decorate. “Ooooh—can we store shoes, too?” asked Kathi Mallick of Rancho Santa Fe, who resembled Nancy Drew as she peered into the wine cave’s

R. D. (Récemment Dégorgé, or recently disgorged). The R. D. is Champagne in which the lees or residue of the original yeast are left in the bottle for many years to add strength to the wine. In most Champagnes, disgorgement takes place about two years after bottling. The 1979 Bollinger R. D. was disgorged in 1999. Bollinger wines last. On separate years at the Bizot table in Aÿ, I tasted the 1911 and 1914 vintages, both still alive and well. In 2000, Tom Stevenson, a British writer, described

indigenous yeasts that were present on the grapes and in the winery, rather than inoculated with yeasts selected by the winemaker. Yet the wines of Didier Dagueneau, one of the shining domains in his portfolio, are inoculated. Well, you can’t argue with these wines. Joe represented far more than simply a preferred way of making wines. Whether he would admit to it or not, he represented a culture that does not exalt wine into something overly complicated or turn it into a fetishistic object. His

Laugerotte (bottom, left to right) and Dominique Moreau (bottom right) François Hautekeur and Baltic Shipwreck Laurent and Natalie Gruet Kermit Lynch at his desk Winemaker Randall Grahm Alois Kracher

stagnant in most other countries. As Claire Coates of the Bureau National Interprofessionel du Cognac told me: “Most of that is three-star, and the three-star market is ethnic. African-Americans and Hispanics drink Cognac with Coke or with some other mixer.” Not surprisingly, Cognac is big in the popular culture these days. Busta Rhymes has a hit record called “Pass the Courvoisier,” and the video for “Without Me” shows the rapper Eminem on an intravenous drip of Rémy Red. When it comes to

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