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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Faith and Science

By refusing to spray pesticides, is Burgundy's Emmanuel Giboulot a hero? Or wine's Jenny McCarthy?

Posted: May 1, 2014  By Mitch Frank

Should a biodynamic winegrower be forced to use pesticides against his will? Your answer probably depends on how much faith you put in science.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Do You Serve Hubris by the Glass?

Small wine lists packed with geeky wines serve wine directors' egos over customers

Posted: April 10, 2014  By Mitch Frank

Call it the sommelier's dilemma. Wine professionals like sommeliers and retailers spend their days tasting the most interesting wines on earth. That is their passion. But the majority of their customers are looking for safe, reliable wines, ones that don't challenge the brain or the palate. Those wines pay the sommelier's salary.

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Tell Me What You Drink, I'll Tell You How You Vote

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Tim Fish, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Eataly New York Will Close Wine Shop for Six Months

Liquor license suspended after state complains Batali and Bastianich store was selling Bastianich wines

Posted: March 25, 2014  By Mitch Frank, Thomas Matthews

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Riddle of Riesling

Some wines can't be easily explained; just taste them and embrace their complexity

Posted: March 20, 2014  By Mitch Frank

If you're looking to simplify Riesling, to make it easy to understand, don't look to me. I visited Germany for the first time last month, and I hoped that a week in the Mosel, the Rheingau and the Rheinhessen—time spent strolling some of Riesling's most storied vineyards—would finally bring me clarity. Afterward, if someone asked me, "I want to try a great Riesling. Where should I start?" I could confidently reply with a list of wines that would teach them why Riesling is so special.

After a week in Germany, what I can say is that Riesling is a delicious and bewilderingly complex variety. And that's OK. That's what makes it an iconic grape.

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  Features

The Year in Wine 2013 in Review

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Mitch Frank

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  News

Guilty Verdict in Counterfeiting Trial

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Burgundy's Comeback Kid

Nicolas Potel lost his namesake winery five years ago; he's back and making even better wines

Posted: February 6, 2014  By Mitch Frank

The first time I met Nicolas Potel, I was legitimately concerned that his hair would burst into flame at some point during the day we spent together. I was visiting Burgundy in early 2009 to write a story on the négociant, and I found a man busting at the seams with energy, trying to grow his eponymous winery—which had gotten an infusion of capital from new owners—and devote some time to a few small but ambitious side projects.

I came away feeling like Potel, then 40, was going to be a success, if he could hold it all together. But two months after I left, his juggling act came crashing down. The new owners of Maison Nicolas Potel fired Nicolas Potel. (The wines still bear his name today, but he has no role in them.) When I checked in with him before my story appeared, he was putting the pieces back together, launching a new négociant and looking for vineyards to start a small domaine. His energy was still there. But I wondered if it was all too much.

Today, Potel remains full of energy, ambition and ideas. But he also seems more at peace.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Using Tragedy to Spread Ignorance in Bordeaux

A Chinese businessman's death in Bordeaux was bad enough; now someone wants to use it to scare away foreign château buyers

Posted: January 14, 2014  By Mitch Frank

Chinese businessman Lam Kok's deal to fulfill his dream of owning a Bordeaux château with the purchase of Château La Rivière turned tragic when he and la Rivière's former owner died in a helicopter crash.

Now someone has decided to take advantage of the tragedy. A group calling itself the Agricultural Action Committee has sent a letter to a local newspaper and numerous real-estate agents, claiming that Gregoire "paid with his life for selling the vineyard to a foreign buyer exactly 10 days after we had warned him not to."

Dec. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Italian Authorities Expand Famous Barolo Vineyard

Posted: December 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

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