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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

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

In Brief: James Cameron, Winemaker; New Management in Oregon

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Esther Mobley, Ben O'Donnell, Harvey Steiman

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Rosé Comes of Age—Next Up, Aging?

With the rapid rise to respectability of dry rosé, the best pass the cellar test

Posted: May 29, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Rosé season started in March at my local wine shop, even though winter would persist in New York for another, oh, month or so. One day, with temperatures soaring to the lower-tolerable range, a gaggle of magnums appeared on an endcap near the front of the store. I knew the rosé, from a respected Southern Rhône house, which usually went for about $10 to $12 for a 750; here, magnums were $10, or $16 for two. Seemed like a buy, so I bought one.

Only after I got home, opened and began to drink a very tasty rosé did I investigate more closely. In fine print, there was the vintage: 2011.

News & Features  :  News

Sweet on Sangria

As American demand for sangria heats up, brands vie to stand out

Posted: May 19, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

United States Now No. 1 in Wine Consumption

Wine consumption continues to rise in 2013 as more Americans develop a taste for wine, while France, Italy and even China see declines

Posted: May 14, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Features

2014 Grand Tour Brings Together a World of Wonderful Wines

Wine Spectator's 13th annual tasting kicked off with a bang in New York

Posted: April 30, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Drink Brooklyn

A new wave of urban wineries, distilleries and breweries welcomes thirsty travelers

Posted: April 30, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

What 2013 Bordeaux Futures Campaign?

For American wine retailers, it's another anemic year for selling Bordeaux's latest vintage

Posted: April 29, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How to Buy Bordeaux

Bordeaux wine is having its turn as whipping boy, as longtime fans groan and turn away. Just means more for you

Posted: April 29, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

Bordeaux futures is an old-timey and kind of archaic way to buy a commodity like wine. Nowadays, you won't save or make much, if any, money off Bordeaux futures, but that's not why you buy wine, right? "A lot of people like that it's something different, it's a little exciting," said Chuck Hayward, Bordeaux buyer for online retailer J.J. Buckley. "You figure, what the heck, why not buy it now and have something in a couple years? It's almost like a treat for them."

The 2013 futures campaign is a good one to practice on. Once you know how it's done, if 2014 turns out to be an exciting vintage, you'll know what kinds of prices to look for and which wines are rare enough that they're worth snagging early.

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