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Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

M. Chapoutier, Part 3: The Reds

Nearly 20 Rhône Valley reds from Michel Chapoutier, including the stunning 2013 Ermitage L'Ermite

Posted: December 3, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Michel Chapoutier to taste the 2013 reds.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Chris Ringland Back in the U.S.A.

And a bit of a mea culpa from the winemaker

Posted: December 3, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

When he was the winemaking partner with Dan Philips for the ultimately ill-fated stable of Grateful Palate Australian brands, Chris Ringland learned a thing or two about how to produce really good Barossa Valley wine to sell for a lot less than you might think it should. He has now put his connections and know-how to work on a brand called CR Wines, which includes a popular $25 Shiraz made entirely from Barossa grapes.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

M. Chapoutier, Part 2: Ferraton Père & Fils and More

Michel Chapoutier presents the 2013 Ferraton Père & Fils lineup and his 2013 M. Chapoutier whites

Posted: December 2, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Michel Chapoutier to taste the lineup from Ferraton Père & Fils.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Vertical Tasting of Arianna Occhipinti’s Frappato

10 vintages from one of Sicily’s star winemakers

Posted: December 2, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson tastes 10 vintages from Arianna Occhipinti, one of Sicily's rising stars.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

M. Chapoutier, Part 1: The Collaborations

Michel Chapoutier's huge lineup of Rhône wines includes several joint ventures

Posted: December 1, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Michel Chapoutier, and started his tastings with his many joint-venture wines.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The World's Most Exclusive $20 Wines: Cru Burgundy

Is it possible to buy bona-fide, single-vineyard Côte d'Or Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for 20 bucks?

Posted: November 25, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

WineSpectator.com assistant editor Ben O'Donnell in an ongoing series to hunt down under-$20 value versions of the world's most exclusive wines, tries to find cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy's elite Côte d'Or in France at a friendly price.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

E. Guigal Revisited, Part 2: The Reds

Philippe Guigal shows off his 2013 Rhône reds, including the "La Las," and what might become the 2013 Ex Voto

Posted: November 25, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited E. Guigal to taste the 2013 reds, including the La Las and what might become the 2013 Ex Voto.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

E. Guigal Revisited, Part 1: The Whites

Philippe Guigal presents his 2013 La Doriane and more, and perhaps the best high-end value in 2011 Hermitage white wines

Posted: November 24, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited E. Guigal to taste the white wines from 2013 and 2011.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

In Negri’s Inferno

Extreme Nebbiolo, Part 1: Harvesting by helicopter in Alpine Italy

Posted: November 24, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto, in Part 1 of his Extreme Nebbiolo series, visits Nino Negri's Casimiro Maule, who requires a helicopter to harvest grapes from Valtellina's Inferno zone.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Waking the Ghost of Condrieu

Frédéric Engerer and his team are fulfilling Château-Grillet's incredible potential

Posted: November 21, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Vignoble de Château-Grillet, where Frédéric Engerer and his team are fulfilling the property's incredible potential.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Solving the Puzzle of 2013

Jean-Louis Chave's Hermitage and St.-Joseph from 2013 and 2012 show he remains among the Northern Rhône's elite

Posted: November 20, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Jean-Louis Chave to taste the 2012 and 2013 Hermitage and St.-Joseph.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Is There a Solution to Bottle Variation?

Can closures be further improved? Would heat sensors prevent the sale of cooked bottles?

Posted: November 20, 2014  By James Laube

One of my peeves, and it's more than a pet, is wine bottle variation. Most wine drinkers are familiar with this unfortunate reality. One time you drink a wine and it's exciting, the next time something is slightly off. You know the saying: There are no great wines, only great bottles.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Unique Wines on the Outskirts of the Rhône

Hervé Souhaut is making an interesting—and idiosyncratic—range of wines in Arlebosc

Posted: November 19, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Hervé Souhaut in Arlebosc to taste his idiosyncratic wines at Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Chill Out About Thanksgiving Wine

Why do so many people make holiday wine so complicated?

Posted: November 19, 2014  By Tim Fish

Wine people overthink Thanksgiving. Just chill.

My advice is to put out a spread of wine, a bottle of this and that, so friends and family can experiment themselves as they eat. Below are a few of my current favorites worth seeking out.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

An Italian Forays into German Riesling

Martin Foradori of Alto Adige's J. Hofstätter will partner with Nik Weis of St.-Urbans-Hof and Johannes Fischer

Posted: November 18, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

Martin Foradori, proprietor of J. Hofstätter in Italy's Alto Adige region makes outstanding Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer from his Vigna S. Michele, Vigna S. Urbano and Kolbenhof crus, respectively. However, he has always dreamed of making great Riesling.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Going Private in St.-Joseph

Jean-Pierre Monier and Philippe Perréol left their local co-ops to establish their own labels

Posted: November 18, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Jean-Pierre Monier at his cellar in St.-Joseph.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Vibrance at Delas

The 2013 Hermitage, Cornas, Condrieu and more from Delas are just starting to shine

Posted: November 17, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Delas, where the 2013 Hermitage, Cornas, Condrieu and more are just starting to shine.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Villa Built from Scratch

Pierre-Jean Villa's growing Rhône domaine has an exciting range of 2013s from Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and more

Posted: November 14, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth is back in France's Rhône Valley, tasting the newest wines at wineries in Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Condrieu and more. Today he visited Pierre-Jean Villa at his young domaine, and tasted an exciting range of 2013s

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

How Does Winning Wine of the Year Affect Future Vintage Prices?

Paloma Merlot won the honor in 2003, and in the subsequent decade has kept prices fair

Posted: November 14, 2014  By James Laube

There are plenty of ways to capitalize on winning Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year. Perhaps the most obvious is the opportunity for the winery or, as is more often the case, those who sell the wine, to hike the price—and the profit—in light of heightened demand. That's usually what happens.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Wine Can Be So Complicated—And That's OK

Paso Robles now has 11 new appellations. Most consumers won't care, but that doesn't make them meaningless

Posted: November 13, 2014  By Mitch Frank

OK, wine geeks: Pop quiz time. Tell me the difference between a wine made in Adelaida and one made in Estrella. What do you mean you have no idea where those places are? They're two of California's newest wine appellations.

Here's another question: Are appellations a way of defining terroir, or are they a marketing tool?

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