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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

News & Features  :  News & Features

Three Days of Life, Love and Wine

Thousands gathered in the Big Apple for the sold-out 33rd annual Wine Experience

Posted: October 28, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

The Wine Experience Makes New York Its Home

Annual wine gathering will remain in America's largest city for several years

Posted: October 25, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Burgundy Winemaker Patrick Bize Dies at 61

Savigny producer dies after tragic car accident; a beloved grower and winemaker

Posted: October 24, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Liberté, Egalité, Sobriety

A proposed law in France would change wine from cultural treasure to public health threat

Posted: October 22, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Imagine France without wine. Bizarre, non? Wine is so associated with French culture, you would think they invented the stuff. Man has been making wine for thousands of years, but the French made it big business, refining it and marketing it to a thirsty world.

While the image of French wine has arguably never been stronger, especially in young markets like China, the French don't drink nearly as much as they used to. But lifestyles have changed in other ways; the French don't linger at long meals with a bottle or two like they used to, and young people don't see wine as a staple.

When wine isn't seen as part of a meal or something with cultural value, then it becomes just another alcoholic beverage. Maybe it's not so surprising that the French Senate is considering a bill that would impose new restrictions on wine.

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