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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.

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

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Fly Your Freak Flag

Pushing the boundaries in pursuit of betterment at Red Hook Winery and Channing Daughters in New York

Posted: April 2, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

The world of winemakers has no shortage of madmen, fire-eaters, swashbucklers, prophets-a confederacy of crazy from the contrarians in California planting obscure Italian varieties to the biodynamic scofflaws of France who tussle with the governmental agency that regulates wines. Of course, that's why we love them: With great risks can come great wines. Without maverick spirits guiding them, we wouldn't have some of the world's iconic wines, like Penfolds Grange or Dagueneau Silex.

Both the Finger Lakes and Long Island are young regions, for vinifera anyway, and in nascent fine wine regions, to get to the next level, you have to go outside your own and your peers' vision of what those wines can be. To do that, you have to be defiant, ballsy, risky, crazy. I want to focus here on two wineries I recently visited where the driving philosophy is to get weird in the service of better wine.

March 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

In Brief: Oregon Land Rush, Under Water, Buying Yverdon

Posted: March 31, 2014  By Harvey Steiman, Ben O'Donnell, Aaron Romano

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