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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

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

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