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Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Stop Whining About Bordeaux Futures

Consumers and wine merchants are complaining that château owners are charging too much. The real solution is to drink something else

Posted: May 16, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Like most wine regions, Bordeaux has an annual rhythm. When the grapes ripen, it's time for harvest, or vendange. After the wine ferments, they pour it into oak barrels for élevage. With February, blending, or assemblage, begins.

May brings another annual Bordeaux ritual. Sadly, I don't know the French word for whining.

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Resurrecting Soave

Stefano Inama is a bold voice among the true believers working to restore the Italian region’s reputation

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The Quiet Man's Legacy

Bruno Giacosa toiled for decades to make some of Piedmont’s greatest wines. Now a new generation is building on his labors

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  People

Scaling New Heights in Italy’s Dolomites

When it comes to winemaking, Elisabetta Foradori considers success less important than passion

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Jury Awards Bill Koch $12 Million in Counterfeit Wine Lawsuit

Court finds that collector Eric Greenberg defrauded Florida billionaire at wine auction

Posted: April 12, 2013  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Franco Biondi Santi, Legendary Figure of Brunello di Montalcino, Dead at 91

The patriarch of the Tuscan estate many credit with creating Brunello was an outspoken champion of the wine

Posted: April 8, 2013  By Mitch Frank, Bruce Sanderson

March 31, 2013 Issue  :  People

A Big Easy Charity Remembers Sandy’s Victims

Posted: March 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Does the Counterfeits Crusader Deserve Our Thanks?

Bill Koch has spent eight years and millions of dollars picking fights over wine

Posted: March 28, 2013  By Mitch Frank

The picture is still hanging in my office: Bill Koch, the energy executive who has made fighting sales of counterfeit rare wines a personal obsession, stares menacingly at me, wearing a cowboy hat, a bandana and a sheriff's star. The shot was taken when Wine Spectator photographed Koch for our Dec. 15, 2009, cover story, "The Crusade Against Counterfeits." The outfit was Koch's idea: In addition to wine, he collects Old West memorabilia.

In the end, we opted for a shot of Koch in a suit, holding a magnum of Château Pétrus 1921. Koch says he bought that bottle at a 2005 Zachys auction of 17,000 bottles of wine from the cellar of California tech entrepreneur Eric Greenberg. Koch alleges that Greenberg bought it from Royal Wine Merchants, and Royal sourced it from German wine broker Hardy Rodenstock. Koch believes it’s a fake.

That magnum, and all those players, are back in the headlines this week, as a jury of six men and two women hear Koch v. Greenberg in a Manhattan federal court. Koch has been suing Greenberg for six years over 24 bottles he bought for almost $350,000 at that auction, wines he says are counterfeit. (Contributor Peter Hellman, who has doggedly pursued this topic, has written an excellent summary of the case.)

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Mixed Case: Mr. President, What's For Dinner?

Hunt for great wines and legendary winemakers, and you'll always find good food

Posted: March 12, 2013  By Mitch Frank

One thing I have learned in life—if you travel and can't find good food, good wine and good company, you might as well have stayed home.

In September 2000, I was a young political reporter at Time magazine, living a dream-I was covering a presidential race. For two weeks, I traveled with then-Governor George W. Bush as he crisscrossed the country, campaigning for the White House. Halfway through my stint, the campaign plane headed to Austin. Bush was taking the weekend off, so the press corps had two days free in the Texas capital.

During the flight, Bush wandered back to chat-off the record. The governor was not known for taking questions from reporters, but he did like to chat. When he got to my row, what did I ask the next President of the United States? "Governor, I've never been to Austin. Where can I find good barbecue?"

News & Features  :  Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Rioja Hotels

Where to stay in northeast Spain's wine country

Posted: March 11, 2013  By Mitch Frank

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