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Dec. 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Paso Robles Defines New Terroirs

Posted: December 31, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Dec. 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

2014 New York Wine Experience Wine Stars

Posted: December 31, 2014  By Augustus Weed, Esther Mobley, Ben O'Donnell, MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Rhône-Style California Whites

New reviews of rich and refreshing Viognier, Roussanne and more

Posted: December 22, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Line in the Sand

Why should a single number separate wine lovers from each other?

Posted: December 18, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

One of the conversations going around (and around) in wine circles lately has been the discussion about balance, alcohol and the imaginary line in the sand of 14 percent alcohol.

The other day I was picking a wine to bring to a friend's house for dinner. My friend is one of those "13.9 percent good, 14 percent bad" people. We've had multiple conversations about the topic, and I've even gone so far as to serve him wine in paper bags to distract him from this number--and to prove that he can, in fact, enjoy a wine at 14 percent alcohol or higher. He's unphased.

But the process of trying to find a wine we would both like made me sad that his wine world is so small, when there are a lot of great bottles I would have loved to share with him. Why do there have to be "sides" in the world of wine?

Dec. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Petite Sirah's Resurgence

An almost-forgotten California red offers powerful flavors

Posted: December 15, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Cola Wars and How They Help Us Talk About Wine

How do you help someone who claims they don't know how to describe what they're tasting? Just find a beverage they can relate to

Posted: December 11, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

The other day I was out to lunch with a friend who mentioned she had tried a wine she liked. I asked her to tell me about it, but her response was to blush and say she didn't feel comfortable. "I don't get all those flavors and stuff you do," she confessed.

Part of me was devastated. We had just shared medical secrets, family concerns and stories of heartbreak with each other, but when it comes to finding cherries or spice in a Merlot, we're suddenly no longer close? So I told my friend that I'm sure she is in fact capable of finding the differences between two beverages, and that I could prove it.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

All I Want for Christmas

Stocking-stuffer ideas for wine lovers

Posted: December 4, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Wine Spectator senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec reveals her holiday gift wish list.

News & Features  :  News

Domaine Carneros Sued Over Vineyard Name

A small Sonoma Coast grower takes on the Carneros sparkling wine house over two trademarked vineyards with similar names

Posted: November 20, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Nov. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Where the Past is Still Present

In California gold country, wine takes center stage

Posted: November 15, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Lights, Camera, Napa

Napa Valley Film Festival and Flavor Napa Valley bring plenty of energy to wine country in November

Posted: November 13, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Napa doesn't really have an off-season: Wine lovers can appreciate the views, delicious wines and awesome dining options any time of year. Even so, it used to be that November was one of the sleepier times around here—the period between the rush of harvest and the twinkling of holiday lights. But two relatively new events are turning November in Napa into one of the most exciting times to visit: the Napa Valley Film Festival and Flavor Napa Valley.

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