2005 brought a long, warm summer to the Loire and an extra touch of ripeness to the region's red wines. Learn about Cabernet Franc and its key growing areas around the ancient city of Tours with James Molesworth.
Posted: May 12, 2008
Sample a great wine. Meet the winemaker. Discuss the vintage or style or flavors. Repeat. Repeat again, many times. This is what makes Wine Spectator's Grand Tour such a grand tasting. Watch this video to see--or relive--the 2008 NY Grand Tour.
Posted: May 8, 2008
If you love Pinot Noir, you should know about the Central Otago region in New Zealand. Join Felton Road winemaker Blair Walter as he describes the region and defines pinocity, the essential character that he looks for in Pinot Noir.
Posted: May 5, 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon has been Chile’s strong suit, but white varietals from new coastal vineyards are coming on strong. Learn about Chile’s white styles with James Molesworth as he tastes a Vina Montes Sauvignon Blanc and a Vina Maycas Chardonnay.
Posted: May 1, 2008
Posted: April 28, 2008
Bruce Sanderson has called Burgundy’s 2005 vintage the “best in a generation.” Although prices are stratospheric, you can find super values, if you know where to look. Join Bruce as he tastes a pair of Pinots that cost $30 a bottle.
Posted: April 24, 2008
The star of blockbuster movies, including Jurassic Park and The Hunt for Red October, actor Sam Neill is gaining recognition for his role as winery owner and Pinot lover. Meet Sam as he describes his winery, Two Paddocks, located in New Zealand.
Posted: April 21, 2008
You don't need to spend a fortune to get a tasty California wine, especially if you venture off the well-trodden Chardonnay-Cabernet Sauvignon path. Join Jim Laube as he tastes a "kitchen sink" blend of white varietals and a big Petite Sirah.
Posted: April 17, 2008
Posted: April 14, 2008
Looking for a great Chardonnay pairing? Go to a Grand Award-winning restaurant and work with the sommelier and the chef. Watch the talented team at CRU restaurant in New York pair a complex white Burgundy with a flavorful fish.
Posted: April 10, 2008
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
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