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Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

What's in That Flavor Profile?

What a good cocktail can teach us about wine

Posted: December 11, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

These days a cocktail can be a lot more than a simple vodka-and-tonic (my go-to choice in years past). Bartenders—no, pardon me, mixologists—can do dazzling things Mr. Boston never heard of, using the same fresh and vibrant ingredients as successful chefs. And, I've noticed, these barkeeps aim for more or less the same balance of alcohol, acidity, sweetness and disparate flavors found in good wines.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Cola Wars and How They Help Us Talk About Wine

How do you help someone who claims they don't know how to describe what they're tasting? Just find a beverage they can relate to

Posted: December 11, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

The other day I was out to lunch with a friend who mentioned she had tried a wine she liked. I asked her to tell me about it, but her response was to blush and say she didn't feel comfortable. "I don't get all those flavors and stuff you do," she confessed.

Part of me was devastated. We had just shared medical secrets, family concerns and stories of heartbreak with each other, but when it comes to finding cherries or spice in a Merlot, we're suddenly no longer close? So I told my friend that I'm sure she is in fact capable of finding the differences between two beverages, and that I could prove it.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Darn Good Bordeaux at a Darn Good Price

Château de Fieuzal's new tack toward quality is turning it into a real value

Posted: December 10, 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 tasted the increasingly impressive Pessac-Léognan values at Château de Fieuzal.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

My Favorite Wines of 2014

Plus a few winemaker friends pick their favorites of the year

Posted: December 10, 2014  By Tim Fish

There just aren't enough days in the year to drink all the good wine. Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2014 is always my go-to list, but I also have personal favorites. They aren't necessarily the highest-rated, but these wines left an impression with me for all sorts of reasons—the mood I was in, the people I was with and the food I was eating. Some I tasted blind, others I didn't.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Bordeaux Fixer-Upper

The owner of Château Haut-Bailly has taken over Pessac-Léognan's Château Le Pape

Posted: December 9, 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 dropped in on Château Le Pape, where upgrades are underway.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

December Means Bordeaux

Back to France's Bordeaux region to taste the 2012 wines in bottle

Posted: December 8, 2014  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth returns to Bordeaux, where he'll be tasting the 2012 vintage in bottle.

Blogs  :  Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe

Nebbiolo’s Northern Summit

Extreme Nebbiolo, Part 2: Inside Ar.Pe.Pe.

Posted: December 8, 2014  By Robert Camuto

Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto, in Part 2 of his Extreme Nebbiolo series from Alpine Italy, goes inside Ar.Pe.Pe.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Rain Welcomed in Drought-Plagued California

Recent storms help, but water shortage remains a problem

Posted: December 5, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube reports that California has received some much-needed rain this week, but the state's long bout with drought isn't over.

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

All I Want for Christmas

Stocking-stuffer ideas for wine lovers

Posted: December 4, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

Wine Spectator senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec reveals her holiday gift wish list.

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.

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