Issue: December 15, 2005
< Alice Nightingale, whose fascination with noble rot made her the driving force behind a unique style of California dessert wine, died on Sept. 30. She was 85. With her late husband, winemaker Myron Nightingale, Alice perfected a method for inoculating grapes in the lab with Botrytis cinerea—the mold that causes grapes to shrivel, concentrating their components—rather than letting the process happen naturally in the vineyard.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands December 15, 2005.