Last night’s Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour at the Hyatt Regency last night was a memorable one. A tasting of Latour’s ’01 further fomented my passion for the Chateau. Other great suprises were Dom Drouhin Oregon (excellent Burgundy imitator by a Burgundian) and Dom Serene (special apprecaition for assistant winemaker Drew Voit who spent 20 minutes explaining the Oregon Pinot scene to me. Sounds like a trip is in our future). Pascal Jolivet’s ’05 Sancere was outstanding as were Bololo’s by Aldo Conterno (2000) Bersano (2001) and Bruno Giacosa (2003).
Making appearances were Bruce Sanderon (Burgundy beat for WS) who is a great guy – pick up 2000 for today’s drinking, he advises; Thomas Matthews (Exec Editor) and James Laube (total jerk).
I’m not a fan of the 200-bottle tasting format but the event was designed well and the wines were worthy.

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