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To Kalon: Napa’s First-Growth Vineyard

A side-by-side tasting of four acclaimed Cabernets highlights what is special about this site

Posted: October 20, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Oct. 15, 2014 Issue  :  News

Online Wine Auctioneer Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

Posted: October 15, 2014  By Robert Taylor, MaryAnn Worobiec

Oct. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Pinot's Promise

Searching for regional character in New Zealand Pinot Noir

Posted: October 15, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Oct. 15, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

New Zealand Spreads Its Wings

Sauvignon Blanc expands its range, while Pinot Noir reaches new heights

Posted: October 15, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Patrick Dempsey

The Grey’s Anatomy star on how wine fits into his healthy lifestyle

Posted: October 13, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

A Manhattan Wine Story

Looking forward to the Wine Spectator Wine Experience Grand Tastings

Posted: October 10, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

I have a running joke with one of my best friends. It's about drinking Manhattans in Manhattan. Whenever we are in New York, we order the classic cocktail, and send a photo of it out to each other, a cheesy reminder of our friendship.

I'm headed to New York again next week for the Wine Spectator Wine Experience, but this time there aren't any Manhattans on my agenda. There are so many terrific wines to try at the Wine Experience Grand Tour, instead I'll be snapping photos of glasses of Champagne and bottles of red wine. I know my friend will understand.

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.

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