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News & Features  :  Wine Tips

Wine Tip: Steak and Wine Done Right

Posted: July 1, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

French Wine Regions Slammed by Hailstorms

Vouvray is reeling from a historically brutal storm; Chinon and Cahors hit as well

Posted: June 27, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Legalize It: Why Sugar Additions Should Be Allowed in California Wine

The state's law against chaptalization is antiquated, useless and an insult to the growing diversity of the state's terroirs

Posted: June 20, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

"We have chaptalized. We have done in it California, on rare occasions, but we have, and we've done it in wines from Oregon, again on fairly rare occasions." That's probably not something you'd expect to hear from any veteran winemaker, much less Adam Lee, co-owner of Siduri and Novy Family, whose current releases total 37 single-vineyard and appellation bottlings, from the Sta. Rita Hills in California's Central Coast up to the Chehalem Mountains, in Oregon's Willamette Valley. After all, in California, chaptalization—the addition of sugar during fermentation—has long been illegal.

It's time to change that.

News & Features  :  Sommelier Talk

Sommelier Talk: Steak and Wine, Done Right

Del Frisco’s wine director David O’Day oversees 31 award-winning wine lists

Posted: June 12, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

How Many Calories Are in a Bottle of Chalone Pinot Noir? Flip It Over

New rule allows Serving Facts labels on alcohol, but some winemakers worry it won't be voluntary forever

Posted: June 6, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Battle Over Wine Labeling Pits Large Producers Against Small

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Where Will the Next Generation Take Bordeaux?

The challenges of the Millennial winemaker play out in sharp relief in this most traditional region

Posted: May 21, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

The wine biz has spent several years now wringing its hands over What to Do About Millennials. Not so long ago, it was a received truth of this big, problematic, new generation of wine drinkers that they dismissed Bordeaux as an old man's game. But stop in at any Bordeaux walk-around tasting and it's immediately obvious that both sides of that formulation are wrongheaded today: More and more, what young Americans drink, young Frenchmen (and women) made. I asked a few of these young Bordelais what it's like trying to fit 2,000 years of tradition into our modern wine climate.

News & Features  :  News

Why Aren't 2012 Bordeaux Futures Selling?

Most châteaus lowered prices, but consumers don't think the wines are worth the investment

Posted: May 21, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell, Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Wine in History

California Vintner Discovers Ancient Roman Wine Exporter

When not making Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot at Wrath, archaeologist Michael Thomas leads a team that discovered a wine "négociant" outside Pompeii

Posted: May 6, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  News

$2 Million of Wine in Hurricane Limbo

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

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