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News & Features  :  News

Wine and Gas Clash in New York's Finger Lakes

A proposed gas storage facility on Seneca Lake has inflamed winemakers, but are fears overblown?

Posted: August 19, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Napa Cabernet, Every Which Way

A visit to Hall shows just how brightly Cabernet can shimmer with site-specific nuance across Napa's varied terroirs

Posted: August 5, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Last month, I tasted five 2010 Cabernets at Hall winery, each from a different Napa appellation: St. Helena (Bergfeld, single-vineyard), Stags Leap District (single-vineyard), Diamond Mountain (two growers), Howell Mountain (two growers) and the Exzellenz Sacrashe Vineyard Rutherford. Some of these cuvées are new, but Hall now counts Cabernets from six different subappellations of Napa (all 95 to 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon) and one from Sonoma. Together, they form a map of the valley as traced along the Cabernet in its veins.

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

U.S. Demand for Bottled Sangria on the Rise

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

America Now World Leader In Wine Consumption

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Bordeaux Struggles to Sell 2013 Futures

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell, Suzanne Mustacich

July 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Grand Tour Pours the World of Wine

Wine Spectator's traveling tasting visits New York, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas

Posted: July 31, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Making It in the Big City

Can Long Island wines deliver in the crucible of the New York restaurant scene? Some somms' thoughts

Posted: July 22, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

New York Restaurant Week is upon us in the city, a time when restaurants that are well north of my supper budget open their doors a little wider with prix-fixe specials. I always look for spots that offer wine specials as well, and in past years have found that New York wines are often given this platform to shine.

When I interviewed Long Island winemakers for my June 15 issue feature on the region, they felt confident that their wines could equal the best. But what did our high-end restaurant wine directors think?

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Is It OK to Be a Wine Tourist?

A visit to California "destination" wineries proves it's possible show both good wines and good times

Posted: July 15, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

"We don't allow the buses here" is a proud refrain at Long Island wineries these days. Not so long ago, Long Island wine travel was considered rowdy and unserious, just as Napa is tarred in some circles as overpriced and impersonal—both regions magnets for the much-scorned wine tourist. And yet: What fun those folks always seem to be having.

So when I visited California wine country in June, I decided to stop at a few places that unabashedly cater to "tourists." One was Sonoma's Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which boasts a swimming pool, bocce lanes, a restaurant and a movie memorabilia collection. It's not just about the wine, but is that the same as not caring about the wine?

News & Features  :  News

Chilean Winemakers Decry Proposed Tax Hike

Proponents want to decrease drinking, but wineries say their industry is at risk

Posted: July 8, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Long Island's Rising Tide

In New York's coastal vineyard region, three wineries show the way

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

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