Wine

The U.S. government has paused the tariffs on most French, Spanish and German wines, bringing economic relief to European winemakers, American merchants and wine consumers, at least for four months. The suspension, announced by the Office of the United States Trade Representative today, is intended to ratchet down tensions as the U.S. and European Union
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Last March, Philippe Faure-Brac, one of France’s best-known sommeliers, shuttered his Paris restaurant, Bistrot du Sommelier, as France entered its first national COVID-19 lockdown. Two weeks later, Faure-Brac, who had just turned 60, was diagnosed with COVID. Following a week of fever, gastric problems and fatigue, a new chapter of the illness opened. “When I
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Ready for a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Marselan? Last month, the French organization that governs wine appellations approved six grape varieties to be added to the grapes currently allowed for the production of Bordeaux entry-level wines, AOC Bordeaux and AOC Bordeaux Supérieur, with other categories expected to follow. Vignerons hope the
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Duckhorn Wine Company, the Napa Valley–based portfolio of wineries headed by Duckhorn Vineyards, which has consistently made some of the top-rated Merlots from California since its founding in 1976, filed a statement today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declaring its intention to go public. Duckhorn, owned since 2016 by the San Francisco–based
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The most famous Down Under winery has gone Up Above. Australia’s Penfolds recently unveiled its latest endeavor, a lineup of four California-based wines from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles. The move came as the company decided to combine the Penfolds know-how with the vineyards its corporate parent, Treasury Wine Estates, has accumulated around the
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Ever wanted to bid on multiple magnums of Screaming Eagle? Now’s your chance. The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), a nonprofit trade association that supports the local wine industry, launched its inaugural Napa Valley Library Wine Auction last week, offering collectors top-shelf wines spanning six decades. Bidding concludes Feb. 20. “It’s hard to say this isn’t
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A new study suggests that tannic acids, found in plants and, most notably, in grape skins, may help suppress COVID-19. The findings don’t suggest that a bottle of Barolo is therapeutic, but the study could lead to future treatments. While scientists have developed vaccines at record pace, others have focused their research on treatments for
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Two Tennessee lawmakers have proposed a law that would ban many small wineries from selling direct to the state’s consumers. The bill, introduced in both the state house of representatives and senate, would prohibit wineries from shipping to Tennessee residents through fulfillment houses, firms widely used by U.S. wineries to handle shipping logistics. Owners of
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Story by Lachlan Aird, 2020 Wine Media Cadet I tend to actively avoid the word ‘iconic’ as it seems like a somewhat crass descriptor for most wines. However, for truly iconic wines, what other word applies? When tasked with the assignment to write about an iconic wine from Adelaide, South Australia, there seemed to be
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Australia’s Penfolds is perhaps best known for its iconic Grange bottling, but the iconic winery doesn’t stand still. Under the direction of chief winemaker Peter Gago, it continues to release innovative new wines. The latest endeavor has just been unveiled, a lineup of four California-based wines from vineyard holdings in Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles,
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This red grape is called Bonarda Argentina or Argentine Bonarda and it is closely related to the Corbeau Noir or Douce Noir from France and the Californian Charbono. It was previously confused with the Italian Bonarda but recent ADN tests have proven they are different varieties. Nowadays just Argentina produces varietal wines with this type
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Brady Williams, head chef at Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Canlis, is leaving his position at the end of February to work toward opening his own restaurant. The news was announced on social media last month with the Canlis brother-owners, Mark and Brian, thanking Williams for his role at the famed Seattle destination. The brothers
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Can you trademark terroir? In the case of Napa’s most famous vineyard, a federal court has ruled yes. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has ruled in favor of Constellation Brands in a suit filed by Jeremy Nickel, owner of The Vineyard House, dismissing his claim that he is entitled to use the To Kalon
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The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Roots Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to securing a pathway for members of Black, indigenous and Latinx communities into the wine business. In fall 2020, 17 scholarships were awarded within the group’s “Rooted in Education” and “Stay Rooted in Education” programs, sponsored by Wine Spectator Scholarship
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Hospitality titan Tilman Fertitta has announced a deal to take his Fertitta Entertainment Inc. company public via a merger with blank check company Fast Acquisition Corp. The deal values Fertitta’s empire, which includes the Landry’s restaurant group and Golden Nugget casinos at $6.6 billion. It’s expected to close in the second quarter of this year.
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Major Food Group (MFG) expanded to Miami Beach, Fla., this week with the opening of its famed Italian restaurant, Carbone. The existing Carbone locations in New York, Las Vegas and Hong Kong comprise three of MFG’s seven Restaurant Award winners, which include Wine Spectator Grand Award winner the Grill in New York. “I, along with
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After a month of strict restrictions on California businesses, including bans on outdoor dining and wine tastings, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced an easing of shutdown rules last night. The move is welcome news to a coalition of 50 impacted businesses in the Bay Area that filed a lawsuit last week against Newsom and the state’s
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The Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Glancy Wine Education Foundation as part of its campaign to support diversity in the wine industry. The contribution will fund scholarships for students demonstrating economic need and a desire to start or advance a career in the wine or hospitality industry using certifications offered at
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The Albada Jelgersma family is slimming down their winery portfolio, selling Bordeaux fifth-growth Château du Tertre in Margaux to an undisclosed French institutional investor. The Helfrich family, owners of the large wine firm Grands Chais de France, will lease and manage the winery. The sale price was not disclosed. The Albada Jelgersma family wanted to
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