Chardonnay is America's favorite grape, but that doesn't mean all Chardonnays are the same. Wine Spectator's Bruce Sanderson tastes two top Chardonnays --one from Burgundy and one from Sonoma-- to show how climate and soils influence the varietal.
Posted: April 7, 2008
What makes California Cabernet great? And when are these wines less than great? Get answers from one of California’s trailblazing winemakers, Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains high above Silicon Valley.
Posted: April 3, 2008
Catch up with the dynamic owners of Smith Haut-Lafitte, Florence and Daniel Cathiard. Whether bicycling through the rocky vineyards or talking in the kitchen, all their energies go into making their flagship red and one of Bordeaux's best whites.
Posted: March 31, 2008
Posted: March 27, 2008
Mouton's technical director Philippe Dhalluin takes you into the winery where he addresses questions such as: How does a top chateau translate quality from the vineyard into its wine? And how are the blends chosen?
Posted: March 24, 2008
How do you go about starting a winery? And what are some of the factors to consider? These are some of the questions answered by Michael Lynne, owner of Bedell Cellars on Long Island – and executive producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Posted: March 20, 2008
A golf-cart tour of a Bordeaux château?! It's obvious that Pontet-Canet proprietor Alfred Tesseron enjoys life -- even as he works tirelessly to make his fifth-growth Pauillac estate equal in quality to its first-growth neighbors.
Posted: March 17, 2008
What makes a wine perfect? Join Wine Spectator's James Suckling as he talks with Cinzia Merli at Le Macchiole, her winery in Bolgheri. They taste and describe Le Macchiole's 2004 Messorio, a 100% Merlot that James rated a perfect 100.
Posted: March 13, 2008
Get a taste of South Africa's new wave wines as James Molesworth sits down with Brett Curtin, the owner of Xai Xai Winebar, a South African restaurant in New York City, to taste and pair a couple wines with traditional dishes.
Posted: March 6, 2008
Tignanello is one of Tuscany's most important wines. With this blend of Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon, Piero Antinori reached a new level of quality. Join James Suckling and Piero as they discuss Tignanello and taste the stunning 2004.
Posted: March 3, 2008
Syrah is an up-and-coming varietal in California, but the wine styles have been defined by the Northern Rhone and Australia. Learn about the key styles as Jim Laube talks with Napa winemakers Steve Lagier and Carole Meredith of Lagier Meredith.
Posted: February 28, 2008
For years, Cornas played the country cousin among the Northern Rhône's stars. But the wines of Cornas are ready to shine. To learn about Cornas and its new takes on traditional and modern styles, join James Molesworth as he tastes a pair of wines.
Posted: February 25, 2008
Amarone is a rich, luscious wine with a tremendous capacity for aging. Join Wine Spectator tasting coordinator Jo Cooke as he compares Dal Forno Amarones from 2002 and 1997. But be forewarned: these wines don't come cheap.
Posted: February 4, 2008
Angelo Gaja is best-known for his wines from Piedmont and, more recently, Montalcino. But he's also been making outstanding wines in Bolgheri since 2000. James Suckling sits down with Gaja to talk Tuscany and to find out why Angelo loves the region.
Posted: January 31, 2008
Rollin helped start Argyle Winery back in 1987, when Oregon was getting serious about wine. Since then, his wines have been on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list seven times. Meet Rollin, one of the most successful -and interesting- winemakers in Oregon.
Posted: January 28, 2008
Posted: January 25, 2008
Vietti has been making excellent Piedmont wines for two centuries. How does a winery change over time? And what remains the same? Get the answers from Luca Currado, Vietti's charming and talented owner-winemaker.
Posted: January 22, 2008
Michel Chapoutier and James Molesworth continue their discussion of Chapoutier's great Hermitage wines. The focus is now on the single-vineyard reds, L'Ermite and Le Pavillon, as well as food pairing.
Posted: January 17, 2008
Michel Chapoutier is one of the Rhone's most dynamic winemakers. Meet Michel and find out what makes his Hermitage whites so distinctive at this tasting with Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth during the 2007 Wine Experience.
Posted: January 14, 2008
Château Mouton-Rothschild is one of the top wineries in Bordeaux. What factors set Mouton's vineyards apart from its neighbors? To find out, join Philippe Dhalluin, Mouton's technical director, in the vineyard.
Posted: January 10, 2008
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