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New York State Cracks Down on Its Top Wine Merchants

Retailers and wholesalers are alarmed by new State Liquor Authority rules and more than $3 million in fines; chairman insists he is ensuring a fair industry

Posted: October 9, 2014  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News

New York Retailer Charged with Illegally Shipping Wine to Out-of-State Consumers

Albany’s Empire Wine fires back with lawsuit against New York State Liquor Authority

Posted: September 23, 2014  By Robert Taylor

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Online Wine Auctioneer Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

WineGavel founder faces 12 counts of theft concerning more than $500,000 in wine

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News

U.S. Wine Shipping Laws, State by State

Where can consumers have wine shipped directly to their homes?

Posted: July 14, 2014  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News

Massachusetts Legalizes Winery Direct Shipping, but Questions Remain

Direct-to-consumer sales measure included in budget signed by governor; delivery-truck permits remain an obstacle

Posted: July 14, 2014  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  Dining Tips

Dining Tip: Mario Batali's Sausage and Peppers Pizza

The star chef shares a New York recipe from his Otto pizzeria in Greenwich Village

Posted: May 5, 2014  By Robert Taylor

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  News

In Brief: Eberle Out in Paso Robles; Giant Boulders Bowl Through Italian Vineyard

Posted: April 30, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec, Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Who Will Win the 2014 Final Four Wine Taste-Off?

Wine Spectator's annual March Madness competition puts wineries from Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin on the court

Posted: April 4, 2014  By Robert Taylor, Ben O'Donnell, Esther Mobley

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  News

In Brief: Château Mouton-Rothschild Artistic License, Who Really Owns Downton Abbey Wines and Wine Spectator Grand Tasting Ticket Winner

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Robert Taylor, Kasey Carpenter

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Wine Label as Art: Sine Qua Non, by Manfred Krankl

Winemaker-artist Manfred Krankl designs his own labels, when the TTB doesn’t get in the way

Posted: February 4, 2014  By Robert Taylor

Many winemakers adorn their bottles with art. Very few make the label art themselves, and none is more famous for doing so than California Rhône cult icon Manfred Krankl, whose coveted Sine Qua Non wines feature a new piece of his original artwork on every cuvée.

A self-taught craftsman, Krankl was never formally trained as a winemaker or as an artist. But collectors patiently wait years for a chance to join the Sine Qua Non mailing list (the secondary-market price for his new wines is double to quadruple what Krankl charges), and his early one-off labels like The Marauder, The Hussy and The 17th Nail in My Cranium have become iconic works of winemaking art in their own right.

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