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Returning to the Rhône for Syrah's Northern Lights

Back in France's Rhône Valley, to taste the 2012 vintage and more

Posted: November 4, 2013  By James Molesworth

It's time. Time to head back to the Rhône. It's been a little while since my last trip in June 2012. Prior to that, I worked my way through the Northern Rhône in April 2011. So I wonder: Could I be rusty? Nah, I doubt it ...

My current annual Rhône report is in the Nov. 30 issue and it focuses on the 2011 vintage, now on retail shelves in the U.S. There will be plenty more 2011s to taste, but I am also beginning to turn my attention to 2012, which is the vintage I will be tasting during this trip (though sometimes producers will show other vintages as well.)

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Pierre Lurton Talks Yquem Magic

Sneak peaks at the newest releases from Château d'Yquem show amazing quality

Posted: October 24, 2013  By James Molesworth

With the 2013 New York Wine Experience about to kick off tonight, it's no surprise to see a few vintners strolling through the Wine Spectator offices today. I sat down with Pierre Lurton this morning to get a sneak peek at the two newest releases from the famed Château d'Yquem—both the 2011 Sauternes and 2012 dry white.

Oct. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

Making Pinot on the Edge

Posted: October 15, 2013  By James Molesworth

Oct. 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Latour Owners Buy Napa's Araujo

Posted: October 15, 2013  By MaryAnn Worobiec, James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

9 Piercing 2012 Whites

New reviews of distinctive Rieslings from New York’s Finger Lakes

Posted: October 11, 2013  By James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

The 2013 Cape Winemakers Guild Wines

New reviews of 50 new additions to the Cape Winemakers Guild auction in South Africa

Posted: September 27, 2013  By James Molesworth

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Minority Opinion on 'Somm'

This wine movie is boring and cold

Posted: September 25, 2013  By James Molesworth

I've been catching up on my wine movies lately, with both A Year In Burgundy and Tu Seras Mon Fils (You Will Be My Son) earning a thumbs-up. I realized though that I never pitched in my two cents on the most recent darling of the genre, Somm. From a strict movie perspective, Somm is quite boring...

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A Wine Movie Worth Watching

A Year in Burgundy documents the joys and hardships of several Burgundy domaines during the 2011 harvest

Posted: September 18, 2013  By James Molesworth

I'm a movie buff and can churn through two or three movies a week, but it still takes time to get to everything I want to see (I'm one of those Netflix people with 400 movies in their queue). So, apologies for the lack of timeliness here, but I finally got to sit down and watch A Year in Burgundy, which has been available on pre-release DVD for a while but won't be in theaters until December.

A Year In Burgundy was produced by longtime U.S.-based importer Martine Saunier (who recently retired). As she drives her Citroën deux chevaux around to visit with her growers, you figure the cliché machine is about to kick in. But then the movie turns genuinely interesting. Basically a documentary, the movie covers the travails of several domaines, including Dominique Cornin, Michel Gay, Morey-Coffinet, Bruno Clavelier and Christophe Perrot-Minot, during the 2011 growing season and harvest, a tricky year marked by rain, hail, heat and more.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

15 Delicious Rhône Values

New reviews of whites and reds from the 2011 and 2012 vintages

Posted: September 13, 2013  By James Molesworth

Aug. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Vintage Report 2013: Southern Hemisphere

Ready to taste the first wines of 2013? While grapes are growing plump in Europe and North America, the Southern Hemisphere has picked, crushed and fermented this year’s crop. Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming vintage.

Posted: August 31, 2013  By Nathan Wesley, Augustus Weed, MaryAnn Worobiec, James Molesworth

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