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Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Scholarship Foundation Donates $1 Million to Education

FIU hospitality school will train students in Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

In Memoriam: Charlie Trotter, 1959–2013

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

In Brief: The New York Wine Experience; Auctions Lawsuit

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank, Peter Hellman

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Gaja: Barbaresco and Beyond

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

2013 New York Wine Experience

Thousands gather in the Big Apple for Three Days of Life, Love and Wine

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Rudy Kurniawan Could Be the Tip of a Fake Wine Crisis

Are counterfeits a victimless crime? Not when they rob us of the pleasure wine can deliver

Posted: December 18, 2013  By Mitch Frank

I love hearing people's "aha!" moments with wine—that instant when they realized that wine is more than just a beverage, that great wine has personality.

Here's a good one: A young man takes his visiting father out for dinner to celebrate dad's birthday. Neither knows much about wine, but the son decides this is a special occasion so he orders the most expensive bottle on the list. The wine—a 1996 Opus One—opens the young man's eyes. Within a few months, he's buying several bottles of Opus One, then other top wines. (Luckily, he has a decent amount of money.) Soon, he's hooked. Wine becomes his passion, and he's attending tastings and collecting rare bottles. Burgundy in particular beguiles him.

Like much of what we know about Rudy Kurniawan, it's hard to tell how much of this story is true and how much he concocted. Kurniawan told this tale to a journalist in 2006, just after an auction of his wines raised $24.7 million, a record for a single-consignor auction. Since he began attending auctions and tastings a decade ago, Kurniawan had always been vague about his origins and his seemingly deep pockets.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Guilty in Landmark Case

First federal prosecution for selling fake wine yields a conviction; Indonesian collector faces possible sentence of 40 years

Posted: December 18, 2013  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

Dec. 15, 2013 Issue  :  People

Angélus Rings Loudly

Hubert de Boüard has battled to gain recognition in St.-Emilion

Posted: December 15, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Wine's Greatest Tradition? Innovation

Winemakers like to say that they do things just like the previous generation. Nonsense

Posted: December 10, 2013  By Mitch Frank

In 2008, I had the chance to walk through the cellars of François Raveneau, one of Chablis' greatest producers, to taste the wines and ask Bernard Raveneau how he and his brother Jean-Marie crafted such mind-blowing expressions of Chardonnay. It was one of the most frustrating hours of my life. The wines said a lot. But coaxing lengthy answers from the reserved Bernard was about as likely as getting the small French oak barrels to talk to me. What was the secret of Raveneau's success? "We are just doing what our father did," said Bernard, the first of several times he spoke those words during the day we spent together.

Numerous winemakers have told me the same tale: I am just doing what the previous generation did. Tradition informs every move I make.

Nov. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Fearless

Isabel Ferrando dreamed of making great wine in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Posted: November 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

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