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Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  News

In Memoriam: David Taub, Tireless Promoter of Quality Wines and Frank Prial, A Pioneering Voice for Wine

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Mitch Frank, Thomas Matthews

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The Year in Wine: 2012 in Review

After boom then bust, the wine industry is growing steadily again. Where can you find the best values?

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Will You Pay More for Wine in 2013?

Grapes are becoming more expensive, and wineries are feeling the pinch

Posted: February 7, 2013  By Mitch Frank

At the end of 2008, my California colleague Tim Fish and I made a bet. So far, neither of us has won. Tim was working with me on a cover story on how the wine industry was confronting the darkest days of the Great Recession, when average Americans were watching the value of their biggest assets—their homes—evaporate.

Despite their woes, consumers never abandoned wine. Since the early 1990s, wine has become an increasing presence in Americans' lives, and they were not willing to suddenly part with what they saw as a pretty affordable luxury. But they did cut back on what they were willing to spend—a $9 bottle became very attractive, and a special-occasion wine meant $25 instead of $40. Wineries responded. They did not cut prices too obviously, but they made less of their more expensive wines (like Russian River single-vineyard Pinot Noir) and shifted that juice into more affordable wines (cheaper Sonoma County Pinot).

Are you coming for the game? Good. (If not, pay attention, because you should visit soon.) It's not hyperbole to say that New Orleans is one of the greatest cities on the planet in which to celebrate. If you enjoy good food, wine, beer, cocktails and music, it is hard to go wrong. Here are some tips for making the best of a trip down here. This isn't a comprehensive list of the best places to eat and drink. It's a handy cheat sheet for anyone coming to watch the 49ers and the Ravens, or just coming to enjoy our insanity.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How to Win a Wine and Food Championship at the Super Bowl

New Orleans offers myriad food and drink options for anyone coming to the big game; here's my cheat sheet

Posted: January 24, 2013  By Mitch Frank

New Orleans is a little insane right now. Maybe that sounds silly describing a city where it's not odd to witness a brass band marching past your front porch, with your neighbors dancing behind it. But New Orleans is a little more insane than usual right now. This year, wedged tightly in the middle of the Carnival parades that start Friday, the NFL has brought the Super Bowl to town.

Are you coming for the game? Good. (If not, pay attention, because you should visit soon.) It's not hyperbole to say that New Orleans is one of the greatest cities on the planet in which to celebrate. If you enjoy good food, wine, beer, cocktails and music, it is hard to go wrong. Here are some tips for making the best of a trip down here. This isn't a comprehensive list of the best places to eat and drink. It's a handy cheat sheet for anyone coming to watch the 49ers and the Ravens, or just coming to enjoy our insanity.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Big Business Is the Wine Business?

A study says three firms account for 51.5 percent of U.S. wine sales, but the diversity of wine depends mostly on where you shop

Posted: January 8, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Whether you find it wonderful or intimidating, we can all agree wine's variety is plentiful. Well, maybe not. A recent study asked: Who owns all those brands on the store shelves? Is wine really a business of thousands of small family wineries, or is it just as corporate as spirits and soda?

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Sweet Taste of Humiliation

Blind tastings can be a perfect way to embarrass yourself, but they can also expand your wine horizons

Posted: January 3, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Everyone at my end of the table thought we knew what the wine was. We were all wrong.

The object of our confusion was a bottle sitting a few feet away, covered in a sheath of tartan wrapping paper. We all had some of the wine in our glasses. A few of my friends thought it was a California red, maybe from Sonoma County. Ron was pretty sure there was Cabernet Franc in it, thanks to a taste of tobacco leaf. I tasted it too, but I thought the wine was from France—maybe a Right Bank Bordeaux made from Merlot and Cab Franc.

Bryant, the charming (and apparently devious) friend who brought the wine, unwrapped the bottle. Inside was the gift of humiliation—a bottle of Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Coastal Region 2009—from South Africa.

Welcome to wine's most humbling game—the blind tasting.

Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

California Rhône Reds

Posted: December 31, 2012  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

Palate Test: A Blind Tasting

Posted: December 31, 2012  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

The Art of Krug Champagne

Posted: December 31, 2012  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 Issue  :  Features

2012 World Wine Experience Wine Stars

Posted: December 31, 2012  By Augustus Weed, Mitch Frank, Tim Fish, Alison Napjus

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