September 12, 2013 |
Documentaries by their nature are prisoners of their moment in time. If they are fortunate, as the makers of "Red Obsession" are, that moment, even if it's brief, will be able to hold our interest. "Red Obsession," as it turns out, is a title that references two specific situations. One is the passion wine lovers worldwide have for the great Bordeaux reds, premier cru or first-growth vineyards such as Chateau Latour, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lafite Rothschild. The second is what happens when those wines catch the attention of the moneyed classes of that populous land once known to headline writers everywhere as Red China.
July 4, 2013 |
"Downton Abbey," the British import television series and imaginary country estate, is putting its imprint on a wine. French, of course, which is what the aristocracy was drinking in that era, and specifically Bordeaux. By the time Season 4 rolls around in January, Downton fanatics should be able play butler and uncork a bottle of “claret” to sip while watching the latest installment of the PBS series. But get this. The project comes from Knockout Licensing in collaboration with “ Wines That Rock ," described as “the Official Wine of Rock 'N Roll” on the company's website.
May 11, 1989 |
Bordeaux is on a roll, and wine lovers are agog. With the release of the 1986 vintage red wines of France's most prestigious wine region, those who collect wine for aging in their cellars are having a tough time deciding what to do. Should they buy a case of Chateau Latour and a case of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, or should they buy a three-bottle assortment of a whole lot of stuff? No matter, they are eager to spend their money, in spite of high and rising prices, and in spite of the fact that their cellars are already full from their enthusiasm of the recent past.
April 13, 1989 |
Allied-Lyons, the British brewer and distiller, has announced plans to acquire Chateau Latour, one of France's finest top Bordeaux houses. Allied-Lyons has had a 25.2% stake in Chateau Latour for 26 years and now aims to acquire the 53.5% held by Pearson, the conglomerate that owns the Financial Times of London, for $94.4 million in cash. In addition, Allied-Lyons also has offered substantially the same financial arrangement to News International, which holds an 18.5% stake and to all the other shareholders.
October 24, 1985 |
The six men stood neatly in a row, five of them draped in velvet cloaks that looked to be trimmed with ermine. Their expressions solemn but their eyes revealing an inner glee, the six suddenly whooped, "Par le Bordeaux!" They then clapped their hands once, in unison, and shouted, "Pour le Bordeaux!" Another clap followed. "Toujours le Bordeaux!" Clap, clap, clap. No, it wasn't the annual lodge picnic of the Paris branch of the Fraternal Order of Bison.
November 17, 2009 |
"Provence A-Z," "French Lessons," "Encore Provence," Toujours Provence," "Chasing Cezanne": Peter Mayle, best known for his bestselling "A Year in Provence," has made a cottage industry of writing about Provence and the entire South of France, with copious references to delectable cuisine and coveted wine selections. After writing mostly nonfiction in recent years, he's enjoying a return to the whodunit form with "The Vintage Caper," providing Francophiles, foodies and wine lovers a fun way to indulge their passions while helping solve the case.