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News & Features  :  Unfiltered

For Sale: Sir Alex Ferguson's Wine Collection

Plus, Stéphane Derenoncourt organizes a benefit for beleaguered Bordelais

Posted: April 17, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Argentina's Wineries Grapple with Economic Difficulties

A weaker currency and painful inflation is increasing production costs

Posted: April 7, 2014  By Liz Thach

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

The Economics of Terroir

Hudson Vineyard's eclectic mix of grapes earns well-deserved attention, but California Cabernet isn't going anywhere

Posted: March 31, 2014  By James Laube

Lee Hudson can grow pretty much anything he wants in his highly regarded Carneros vineyard, and he does. Albariño, Arneis, Greco, Ribolla Gialla, Riesling and Vermentino are all getting a chance there. But it's slow and go with those newbies, as they and other grapes are largely untested as marketable wines, at least on the scale many Napa wineries are accustomed to. Hudson expects they'll catch on. But for now, those plantings are more experimental than essential, underscoring the economics of terroir.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

What makes some wines so expensive?

Posted: February 24, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

West Coast Wineries Are Up for Sale—Quietly

A wave of recent deals show investors see opportunities in wine, while owners see an exit strategy

Posted: November 12, 2013  By Tim Fish

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Wine Ties Beer in Beverage Battle

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

How come I don't see as much Australian wine as I used to?

Posted: October 16, 2013  

Aug. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Guess Executives Buy Los Angeles Retailer Wally’s Wine & Spirits

Posted: August 31, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Forecasting Wine's Future

America is now wine's biggest market, and younger drinkers are starting to shape it

Posted: August 7, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

Wine Challenging Beer as America's Drink of Choice

A new Gallup poll shows consumers split between wine and beer, as young people, minorities and women shift to wine

Posted: August 5, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

July 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Bordeaux Drops Prices But Not Enough to Spark Sales

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell, Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Trade Dispute Threatens European Wine Sales to China

French, Italian and Spanish wineries worry they'll be hurt in an increasingly important market

Posted: July 24, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  News

China Cuts Back on High-Priced Bordeaux

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

June 30, 2013 Issue  :  News

Jean-Guillaume Prats Goes Global

Posted: June 30, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

May 31, 2013 Issue  :  Columns

It’s Getting Better All the Time

Posted: May 31, 2013  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Celebrating Celebrity Vineyards (the Book)

Plus, chef Emeril Lagasse honored for taking charity up a notch, Paris' Elysée undertakes wine austerity, Napa's philanthropic 1 percenters, and more

Posted: May 2, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Futures Are Here. Is Anyone Buying?

Merchants, retailers and consumers all want lower prices; Lafite and Mouton are helping set the pace

Posted: April 16, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich, Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

China Cuts Back on Big-Buck Bordeaux

A government campaign against lavish spending has led wine drinkers to spend less

Posted: April 12, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Will You Pay More for Wine in 2013?

Grapes are becoming more expensive, and wineries are feeling the pinch

Posted: February 7, 2013  By Mitch Frank

At the end of 2008, my California colleague Tim Fish and I made a bet. So far, neither of us has won. Tim was working with me on a cover story on how the wine industry was confronting the darkest days of the Great Recession, when average Americans were watching the value of their biggest assets—their homes—evaporate.

Despite their woes, consumers never abandoned wine. Since the early 1990s, wine has become an increasing presence in Americans' lives, and they were not willing to suddenly part with what they saw as a pretty affordable luxury. But they did cut back on what they were willing to spend—a $9 bottle became very attractive, and a special-occasion wine meant $25 instead of $40. Wineries responded. They did not cut prices too obviously, but they made less of their more expensive wines (like Russian River single-vineyard Pinot Noir) and shifted that juice into more affordable wines (cheaper Sonoma County Pinot).

Are you coming for the game? Good. (If not, pay attention, because you should visit soon.) It's not hyperbole to say that New Orleans is one of the greatest cities on the planet in which to celebrate. If you enjoy good food, wine, beer, cocktails and music, it is hard to go wrong. Here are some tips for making the best of a trip down here. This isn't a comprehensive list of the best places to eat and drink. It's a handy cheat sheet for anyone coming to watch the 49ers and the Ravens, or just coming to enjoy our insanity.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

An Australian Turnaround?

Signs point to renewed interest as Wine Australia touts diversity

Posted: January 17, 2013  By Harvey Steiman

It looked as if it were just going to be another trade tasting, a collection of importers sampling familiar wines to the trade. Wine Australia, which promotes Aussie wines around the world, expected about 150 sommeliers, retailers and wine media to the event in San Francisco Monday. More than 351 accepted the invitation.

The buzz there was palpable. Imagine, San Francisco sommeliers, notorious for seeking the most obscure wines they could find, excitedly sipping Margaret River Chardonnays, Hunter Valley Sémillons, even a Mornington Peninsula Dolcetto. And yes, Barossa Valley Shiraz. In recent years, as Australia's fortunes took a hit, one could hear crickets chirping at this annual event. Not this time.

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