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News & Features  :  News

Will Breaking Up Be Good for Paso Robles?

Government approves subdividing California wine region into 11 new subappellations

Posted: October 10, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Making Sense of Middle Earth

Insights from an intensive tour of New Zealand's wine regions

Posted: September 18, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

I've been the lead taster of New Zealand wines for five years, but I joke I've been covering the country since I did a report on the Kiwi bird in third grade. I even brought samples of kiwi fruit for my classmates to try. Introducing folks to the tastes of New Zealand? I've got that covered.

Wine Spectator's Oct. 15 issue includes both my annual report on New Zealand wines and a more comprehensive look at the country's impressive Pinot Noirs. New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs provide terrific value and consistency, but the story doesn't stop there: The emergence of Pinot Noir is the next chapter for this young wine country, providing a way to introduce wine lovers to some of its distinctive appellations.

Aug. 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Auction Napa Valley Breaks Record, Raising $18.7 million

Posted: August 31, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Day the Earth Didn’t Stand Still

Napa's 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattles nerves and buildings, but the wine industry is rallying

Posted: August 25, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

I'm from Cleveland, so when I moved to California in 1996, a lot of my friends warned me about "The Big One." I assured them that I'd rather go years of maybe having an earthquake to knowing that I'd have to endure year after year of dreadful winters.

On Sunday morning, The Pretty Big One hit. It woke us up at 3:20 a.m. I live about 15 miles from the epicenter. It's an uneasy feeling, the ground rumbling underneath you, hearing things fall and break in your house, long seconds of wondering when it will be over. Thankfully, I'm fine, along with everyone I know.

News & Features  :  News

Congrats on the New Appellation; Don't Plant Any Vines!

Malibu Coast vintners are fighting a measure to ban new vineyard plantings

Posted: August 22, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Savory New Zealand Pinot Noirs

New reviews of elegant and refined Kiwi reds

Posted: August 8, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Refreshing California Sauvignon Blancs

New reviews of juicy whites for summer sipping

Posted: August 4, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

11 Stunning California Sauvignon Blancs

New reviews of juicy, aromatic and refreshing whites for summer

Posted: July 7, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

June 30, 2014 Issue  :  News

Vega Sicilia Confronts Sediment and Wine Regions in the Pacific Northwest Attract Investment

Posted: June 30, 2014  By Esther Mobley, MaryAnn Worobiec

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Back to the Future With Concrete

Posted: June 15, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

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