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Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  News

Hail Shatters Hope for a Promising Crop in Burgundy

Posted: September 30, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Kate Moss Channels Marie Antoinette with Dom Pérignon

Plus, the wine industry, Oakland Raiders and others come together for Napa earthquake relief

Posted: August 28, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Napa's Wine Community Unbowed After Massive Earthquake

Valley residents and vintners assess the damage and clean up as grape harvest looms

Posted: August 26, 2014  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

The Day the Earth Didn’t Stand Still

Napa's 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattles nerves and buildings, but the wine industry is rallying

Posted: August 25, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

I'm from Cleveland, so when I moved to California in 1996, a lot of my friends warned me about "The Big One." I assured them that I'd rather go years of maybe having an earthquake to knowing that I'd have to endure year after year of dreadful winters.

On Sunday morning, The Pretty Big One hit. It woke us up at 3:20 a.m. I live about 15 miles from the epicenter. It's an uneasy feeling, the ground rumbling underneath you, hearing things fall and break in your house, long seconds of wondering when it will be over. Thankfully, I'm fine, along with everyone I know.

News & Features  :  News

Earthquake Strikes Napa Valley

Dozens injured, buildings damaged and wineries trying to assess impact, check on staff and clean up

Posted: August 24, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

New York Eases Restrictions in Wake of Harsh Winter

Plus, California's Prop 65 leaves vintners on the hook for restaurant violations

Posted: August 21, 2014  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Rumble in the Vineyards

Napa experienced a minor 3.2-magnitude earthquake this morning

Posted: August 5, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube awoke to a 3.2-magnitude earthquake in Napa this morning.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Can "hail cannons" really protect a vineyard?

Posted: July 16, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Europe's Latest Hailstorm Hits Barolo

In a summer of storms, some of Piedmont's prime vineyards lost 20 to 30 percent of their grapes

Posted: July 10, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  News

Hail Shatters Burgundy's Hope for a Promising Crop

Violent summer storms strike the Côte de Beaune for a third consecutive year

Posted: June 30, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why don't more California wineries dry farm?

Posted: June 13, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Hail Shreds Vines Across Northern Bordeaux and Cognac

Big name wineries largely spared, but many small growers will have a tiny crop this vintage

Posted: June 13, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

April 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

California Faces Historic Drought

Posted: April 30, 2014  By James Laube, Tim Fish

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  :  Unfiltered

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Sells Out … Cabernet

Plus, Washington's wine industry steps up for mudslide relief, a Burgundy vintner's sentence for refusing to use pesticides is reduced, and more

Posted: April 10, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

Winter Inflicts Damage on Cool-Climate Wine Regions

Growers in New York state, Ontario and the Midwest assess damage to vine buds

Posted: March 24, 2014  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Struggling Bordelais Take to the Streets

Plus, drought-stricken California vintners turn to the divining rod, and a new Cape wine auction raises $644,000 for charity

Posted: March 20, 2014  

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

California Is Finally All Wet

Big weekend storm gives hope to winemakers, particularly in Northern California

Posted: February 12, 2014  By Tim Fish

The first major storm in more than a year swept through Northern California over the weekend, and the sound heard in the skies wasn't thunder, but a sigh of collective relief.

Napa Valley and Sonoma County averaged about 8 inches in a few days, with some areas gaining as much as 12 to 15 inches. Central California wasn't as blessed, receiving no more than an inch or so.

The drought is far from over even in Northern California—rainfall levels are still below the previous record drought year of 1977—but you won't hear any complaints right now.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Giant Boulders Bowl Through Italian Vineyard

Plus, the FBI captures Napa's most wanted wine embezzler in Mexico, John Boehner prefers wine to the presidency, wine experiments at the bottom of Lake Geneva and more

Posted: January 30, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

California Wineries Confront Historic Drought

With no rain in sight, reservoirs are empty and vintners fear a small crop even before the vines wake up

Posted: January 21, 2014  By James Laube, Tim Fish

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