Posted: January 26, 2015 By Robert Camuto
Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto talks to Luc de Conti about his unorthodox decision to pull up his red-wine grapevines in southwest France and replace them with Sauvignon Blanc and other white varieties.
Posted: January 23, 2015 By James Laube
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube looks at South African vintners' efforts to make wines that can age for decades.
Posted: January 22, 2015 By Harvey Steiman
The biggest divide in the wine world isn't between high alcohol and low alcohol, it's between fruit and savory. Many people shy away from the wet earth, cedar, meat and herb qualities preferred by those who go for savory styles. Most people like fruit. The contrasting 2011 and 2012 Oregon Pinot Noir vintages offer a perfect illustration.
Posted: January 21, 2015 By James Laube
Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube returns from South Africa with impressions of the improving wine region.
Posted: January 14, 2015 By Tim Fish
Here are a few of the things I'm looking forward to in 2015, including eating more foie gras and drinking more Merlot and Zindandel.
Posted: January 14, 2015 By Robert Camuto
This past week, the words "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") have traveled the world in sympathy with the victims of the deadly jihadist terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Among the slain were five of France's most celebrated cartoonists. Three of them were also among the country's most outrageous wine label designers.
"They were my friends," explains Bordeaux winemaker Gérard Descrambe, 65. For more than 40 years, Descrambes commissioned Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and others to make eye-catching labels that varied from drunken to suggestive to sexually explicit humor.
Posted: January 13, 2015 By Harvey Steiman
The restaurant that jump-started fine dining in Napa Valley closed Jan. 1, to be converted into an elaborate tasting room. Étoile had too much competition from the long list of great restaurants that stretch from Napa to Calistoga these days, and its operators reportedy could not reach an agreement on lease arrangements.
Posted: January 12, 2015 By Robert Camuto
Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto visits Bruno Bilancini, owner and winemaker at Château Tirecul La Gravière, where Bilancini makes delicious, highly sought dessert wines in the unappreciated Monbazillac appellation of southwest France.
Posted: January 8, 2015 By Ben O'Donnell
Kirkland Signature may be a generic house brand, but it's from one of the biggest wine retailers on the planet. Now with an all-star lineup of partners, Costco may just be bottling your favorite vineyard in that $20 Napa Cab.
Posted: January 6, 2015 By Harvey Steiman
Technology is changing how we book restaurant tables and pay for dinner. The people behind Alinea and Next in Chicago are making their innovative system, Tock, available to other restaurants. Per Se in New York and, when it reopens later this year, the French Laundry in Napa Valley are both switching to this system. Trois Mec in Los Angeles has been ticketing since it opened last year, and Coi in San Francisco has been using it as well.
It works like any event ticket. Pay in advance and show up at the appointed time. Walk out when you're finished.
Posted: January 5, 2015 By MaryAnn Worobiec
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur "Jay" Fritz Jr. over the weekend. A long time ago, before my nearly 18-year-so-far (yikes!) tenure at Wine Spectator, I worked for J. Fritz Winery (now called the Fritz Underground Winery), and Jay was my boss.
Posted: December 30, 2014 By Harvey Steiman
With New Year's Eve approaching, Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman examines the range of wineglass options for Champagne.
Posted: December 29, 2014 By Kim Marcus
Wine Spectator managing editor Kim Marcus visits Weingut Prager's Toni Bodenstein, who is fiercely devoted to preserving the diversity of Austria's grapevines.
Posted: December 22, 2014 By Robert Camuto
Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto visits Teo Musso, the man who launched Italy's craft beer movement.
Posted: December 19, 2014 By Bruce Sanderson
Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson reflects on his favorite wines of 2014.
Posted: December 18, 2014 By James Molesworth
Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth returns to Bordeaux, where he'll be tasting the 2012 vintage in bottle. He's also making château visits, and today he visited Pavie Macquin to taste a 20-vintage vertical of the St.-Emilion red.
Posted: December 18, 2014 By Harvey Steiman
Good cooks know that just splashing a bit of wine into a sauce or a dish as it cooks is no way to get the most out of it. What matters is how good the wine is, when and how much is added, and how long it's cooked.
In the recently published Relæ: A Book of Ideas (Ten Speed, $50), chef Christian Puglisi outlines his approach to using wine, honed working at El Bulli and Noma. At Relæ, his restaurant in Copenhagen, he uses wine directly from the bottle only for long-cooked dishes where wine must bathe the food, such as beef Bourguignon or Piemontese brasato. But for most dishes, especially sauces, he prefers to boil down the wine in advance and add it to taste.
Posted: December 18, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
One of the conversations going around (and around) in wine circles lately has been the discussion about balance, alcohol and the imaginary line in the sand of 14 percent alcohol.
The other day I was picking a wine to bring to a friend's house for dinner. My friend is one of those "13.9 percent good, 14 percent bad" people. We've had multiple conversations about the topic, and I've even gone so far as to serve him wine in paper bags to distract him from this number--and to prove that he can, in fact, enjoy a wine at 14 percent alcohol or higher. He's unphased.
But the process of trying to find a wine we would both like made me sad that his wine world is so small, when there are a lot of great bottles I would have loved to share with him. Why do there have to be "sides" in the world of wine?
Posted: December 17, 2014 By James Molesworth
Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth returns to Bordeaux, where he'll be tasting the 2012 vintage in bottle. He's also making château visits, and today he visited Paul Goldschmidt, who has assembled a new team to raise the bar at his three Right Bank estates, Châteaus Siaurac, Le Prieuré and Vray Croix de Gaye.
Posted: December 17, 2014 By Tim Fish
The top sparkling wines from the Golden State are rich with bright California fruit, but layer it with lively acidity. Consumers will also find great value. Look for my complete American sparkling wine report next summer, but for now, here are the California bubblies that impressed me most in 2014.
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