Wine

Auction Napa Valley, which for nearly 40 years featured auctioneers paddling down lots of high-priced wines under the big white tent at Meadowood Resort, will not be returning in its traditional form when it resumes following the pandemic. Last week the board of directors of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association, which oversees the
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Updated: Nov. 10, 2020 Restaurants are inherently risky businesses, and this year the coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible impact on the industry. Despite their enormous efforts, some of our award-winning restaurants—from long-honored classics to exciting newcomers—have been forced to close their doors for good. As of Nov. 10, 2020, 41 Restaurant Award winners have
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When Tristan Le Lous and his brothers Briac and Guirec bought Bordeaux third-growth Château Cantenac-Brown in Margaux this past December, they fulfilled a long-cherished dream to own a top wine estate. They’d grown up in Burgundy, their grandfather’s cellar generously stocked. “We’ve always been passionate about wine in my family,” said Tristan Le Lous. They
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A 5-acre plot along California’s Russian River has been the backbone and heart of SingleThread Farms inn and restaurant in Healdsburg since 2014. Now husband-and-wife owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton are expanding their passion-driven project by relocating farming operations from Alexander Valley to a much larger property in Dry Creek Valley. “We will have the
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Coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease, is caused by the buildup of cholesterol deposits in artery walls, a process known as atherosclerosis. It can potentially lead to heart attacks and strokes. But a recent study from the University of Barcelona found that moderate consumption of Sherry was linked to reduced blood
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Infamous wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan will likely leave the federal prison near El Paso where he has spent the past few years at some point this weekend. The Indonesian national, convicted in 2013 of selling millions of dollars’ worth of fake collectible wines, is scheduled to be released Nov. 7. Kurniawan, 44, will not walk through
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The chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas (CMS-A) stepped down today and the group announced plans for an overhaul, following its earlier suspension of seven male Master Sommeliers from all activities and the resignation of another. All stand accused of sexually harassing women who were pursuing certification with the group. Three additional Master Sommeliers
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After a career spanning more than 30 years at M. Shanken Communications, Thomas Matthews is stepping down as executive editor of Wine Spectator. Jeffery Lindenmuth, executive editor of sibling publication Whisky Advocate, will assume the role. The transition will take place at the end of 2020, announced Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of both
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Harvest in Bordeaux is normally a time of celebration—the pinnacle of a growing season of hard work. Everyone on the château team joins harvesters and out-of-town guests in the vineyard to pick, often stopping for a lunch of good food and wine. This year was not quite the same. “[We had an almost] military organization
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“Here I got a bank account with a couple million from investors to build a restaurant, and I’ve already demolished the previous spot. I can’t say, ‘Hold on to my money,’ or ‘Take back those documents I signed.’ I had to figure out how not to lose my shirt and go belly up before even
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In a sign of Austrian wine evolving with the climate, F.X. Pichler, one of the leading wineries in the Wachau region, is quitting the winemaker association Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus. The winery will no longer use the association’s designated classification categories for dry white wines by ripeness, such as Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd, starting with the
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Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia is one of the world’s most acclaimed wines, the Bordeaux blend that created the super Tuscan category. In 2018, Wine Spectator named the 2015 Sassicaia Wine of the Year, the pinnacle of a classic Bolgheri vintage. Which made it odd when someone found a case of the wine lying on the
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When it comes to Tuscany’s wine giants, Piero Antinori humbly stands near the top. At age 82, he has helmed his family’s 600-year-old business, Marchesi Antinori, for more than 50 years, and has partnered on wineries in Napa Valley, Washington and Chile. Antinori began making his mark in 1971, when he upended Tuscan wine tradition
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The Bordeaux blend, a response to the challenges of climate change. Situated on the 45th parallel and on the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux traditionally enjoys a moderate maritime climate, with the warming Gulf Stream allowing grapes to ripen well into October. This slow ripening period maintains a fresh acidity in the grapes whilst allowing complex aromas
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Global warming is impacting the DOCa Rioja and numerous studies provide scientific evidence of the fact. One of the most recent, Evaluación del impacto del cambio climático en la producción vitivinícola de la DOCa Rioja (1)  (Evaluation of the impact of climate change on the grape and wine production in the DOCa Rioja) tracks temperature
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Restaurateur and chef Michael Mina has a new restaurant in Miami suburb Aventura, Ornos Estiatorio, featuring seafood-centric Greek cuisine and a similarly focused wine program. The Sept. 30 opening marks the San Francisco–based chef’s first Greek-style venture and joins the many carnivore-friendly restaurants in his Mina Group, including Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners Bourbon Steak
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Hostess extraordinaire Lucie “Lulu” Peyraud, matriarch of Bandol’s Domaine Tempier and a cook whose Provençal cooking inspired great chefs, died Oct. 7 at age 102. “Her contributions were so huge: Provençal lifestyle, cooking, welcoming feeling, etc. And, of course, joie de vivre,” said Domaine Tempier’s winemaker Daniel Ravier, in an email to Wine Spectator. “It
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The Glass fire, which erupted Sept. 27 in the hills above St. Helena, burned wineries and vineyards. It also halted harvest and may prove to be the knockout punch for the 2020 vintage in both Napa and Sonoma. The preceding LNU Complex fires in August had already impacted the vintage, as smoke lingered over the
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