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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

Nov. 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Genius of Gigondas

Louis Barruol brings a sharp mind and a deft hand to Château de St.-Cosme

Posted: November 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

2013 Vintage Report: Europe

Leading regions report a wet winter and a long, sunny summer. But some areas grappled with harvest rains

Posted: November 26, 2013  By Kim Marcus, Mitch Frank

Nov. 15, 2013 Issue  :  People

The Riddle of Domaine de Chevalier

Olivier Bernard has labored for 30 years to master this Bordeaux gem

Posted: November 15, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Bill Foley Buys Sizable Share of Napa Valley Hotel Calistoga Ranch

Foley Family Wines owner partners with Auberge Resorts to provide luxury accommodations and a tasting room showcasing his wines

Posted: November 14, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Charlie Trotter Dies at 54

Famed Chicago chef found unresponsive inside his home; a culinary visionary who changed American fine dining

Posted: November 5, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Tuscany's Buried Treasure

At Fontodi, Giovanni Manetti has brought a historic vineyard back to life

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation Donates $1 Million to FIU Hospitality School

Gift to Chaplin School will support the new Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory

Posted: October 29, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News & Features

Gaja: Modernity, Tradition and Passion in Italy

Angelo Gaja and his daughter, Gaia, share the family's wines from Piedmont and Tuscany

Posted: October 29, 2013  By Mitch Frank

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