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Australian Wildfires Ravage Yarra Valley

More than 200 people are estimated dead and wineries and vineyards lie in ruins in Victoria

Posted: February 10, 2009  By Tyson Stelzer

News & Features  :  News

Heat Wave Decimates Australian Grapes

Temperatures climbed to 115 degrees in some areas, lowering yields and raising fears of climate change

Posted: February 5, 2009  By Tyson Stelzer

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Jamie-Lynn Sigler Undresses for a Cause

Plus, caveat emptor at a Paris auction, ill-advised jug-wine anesthesia, St.-Emilion gets un-reclassified, again, and Foster's unveils the largest winery-based solar energy system in the U.S.

Posted: January 8, 2009  

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Lightening Up on the Packaging

Posted: October 31, 2008  By Harvey Steiman

One minor frustration of cellaring wine is what to do about oversized bottles. I don't mean magnums--I mean single bottles that hold the standard 750 milliliters, but are either so wide or so tall that they don't fit into standard storage.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Playboy Bunnies Wrap Themselves Around Wine Bottles

Plus, drinking wine to save the planet, Italians turn water into wine, French temperance extends to the postal system and a wine tribute to the late Bobby Fetzer

Posted: October 8, 2008  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Napa's Cade Is as Green as It Gets

Posted: September 23, 2008  By James Laube

Cade is cutting edge green and beyond. The winery on Howell Mountain was built to reflect the rugged masculine feel of the terrain, resting on a steep rocky slope surrounding by towering trees. "Cade" is a Shakespearean reference to a cask or barrel.

Video  :  Video Index

HM: David Noyes

Honorable Mention: Winemaker and philosopher David Noyes talks about caring for a vineyard and how wine is a metaphor for the land on which the grapes are grown. Production credits go to Timothy Benton.

Posted: September 16, 2008  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Erin Brokovich's Cause Célèbre Could Be Aided by Wine

Plus, a $900 bunch of grapes, a wine haven for music lovers, a trippy tasting room, European wine diplomacy and Champagne bottles on a diet

Posted: August 27, 2008  

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

A Few Notes on Champagne

Posted: July 25, 2008  By Bruce Sanderson

Prior to my trip to Burgundy in June, I had the opportunity to taste some new Champagnes. Benoit Gouez, the Moët & Chandon chef de cave, presented the 2003 vintage of its Brut Grand Vintage and Brut Rosé Grand Vintage.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Bad Memories and Global Warming

Posted: July 21, 2008  By James Suckling

I was thinking about this yesterday when I was getting over my jet lag at a friend’s pool in Tuscany. We had had a light lunch with a couple of bottles of Champagne and some whites, and I brought up the subject of the weather this summer.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Prince Charles' Aston Martin Runs on Wine

Plus, the world's largest Champagne glass in Italy, tiger bone wine in China, vegetables on Mars and bubbly for a good cause in New York

Posted: July 2, 2008  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Sex and the City Characters Drink Wine From the Country

Plus, the Beckhams buy a vineyard, jug wines become a thing of the past, wine barrels get second lives and sparkling wines get one step closer to outer space

Posted: June 4, 2008  

May 15, 2008 Issue  :  News

Al Gore Praises Wine Industry's Green Efforts

Posted: May 15, 2008  By Jacob Gaffney

News & Features  :  News

West Coast Salmon Fishing Banned

Fish populations are too low to sustain species

Posted: May 7, 2008  By Lynn Alley

Video  :  Video Index

Chardonnay Comparison: Burgundy vs. Russian River Valley

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  

News & Features  :  News

French Wineries Target Carbon Emissions

Vintners to measure output of greenhouse gases

Posted: April 7, 2008  By Jacob Gaffney

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Cayuse Takes It a Step Further

Posted: March 12, 2008  By Harvey Steiman

Leave it to maverick Washington state vigneron Christophe Baron of Cayuse to take his biodynamic vineyard beyond most others. He bought a 12-acre piece of flat, rocky land next door to his winery and one of his vineyards in 2006.

News & Features  :  News

Al Gore Praises Green Initiatives in the Wine Industry

At climate conference, some vintners feel industry still has a long way to go, and that consumers will demand more eco-friendly wines in the future

Posted: February 21, 2008  By Jacob Gaffney

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Sit-Down with Antonio Bravo, a Convert to Organics

Posted: January 30, 2008  By James Molesworth

The Chilean winemaker parade continued as I sat down the other day with Antonio Bravo, winemaker at Viñedos Emiliana , the organic project owned by the Guilisasti family of Concha y Toro. [Note: The name of the winery recently changed from Viñedos Orgánicos Emiliana to just Viñedos Emiliana.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

A Skeptical Look at Biodynamics

Posted: December 21, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Some of the world's greatest winemakers say that biodynamics is the secret behind their wines. The list of those who profess to practice this approach to vine-growing is impressive, to be sure. Their number includes Leroy, Leflaive, Zind-Humbrecht, Coulée de Serrant, Huët and Chapoutier in France.

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