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News & Features  :  News

Chilean Wine Producers Hit by Frost

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir buds damaged by freezing nights, but winemakers say it's too early to panic

Posted: October 16, 2013  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Burgundy’s Catch-22

A special derogation allows growers to buy grapes. Or not

Posted: September 27, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

On Sept. 24, the prefecture of the Côte d'Or passed a bylaw allowing growers in Burgundy who were affected by the July 23 hailstorm to purchase grapes or must from the 2013 harvest to make up for the loss of their crop.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Fire Destroys Bergström's Equipment, Wine Collection

Plus, a controversial winemaker incites a boycott, wine as Virgil drank it, and more

Posted: August 29, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

Bordeaux Suffers More Hail, Hurting Small Grapegrowers

A second storm in a week savages vines; many farmers are uninsured

Posted: August 7, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

Storms Batter Vineyards in Bordeaux and Champagne

Hail reduces yields in top Champagne sites as well as Bordeaux's Right Bank

Posted: July 30, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Every Day Is a Wining Road for Sheryl Crow

The singer has partnered with Sonoma's Chateau St. Jean. Plus: Celebs compete in a Korbel spray-off, a quake rocks New Zealand, Paul Hobbs goes to Virginia, Bill Koch goes to court (again) and there's a new nude label

Posted: July 25, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

Hail Rips Burgundy's Côte de Beaune Region

Growers assess damage after the largest storm in decades

Posted: July 25, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Sauvignon Blanc Lost at Sea

Plus, Sideways on stage, World War II wine, and Iron Horse's Joy Sterling gets appointed to California's Board of Food and Agriculture

Posted: July 18, 2013  

News & Features  :  News

French Wine Regions Slammed by Hailstorms

Vouvray is reeling from a historically brutal storm; Chinon and Cahors hit as well

Posted: June 27, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Marcassin's 2008 Pinot Noir Goes Up in Smoke

Owner John Wetlaufer has announced that Marcassin will not release its 2008 Pinot Noir due to smoke taint

Posted: May 23, 2013  By James Laube

The summer 2008 wildfires in Sonoma County have claimed another victim: Marcassin Pinot Noir.

The winery has decided not to release its 2008 vintage, it announced in its latest newsletter. "We are passing on the 2008 Pinot Noirs," wrote John Wetlaufer, who owns the Sonoma winery with his wife, winemaker Helen Turley.

News & Features  :  Wine in History

California Vintner Discovers Ancient Roman Wine Exporter

When not making Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot at Wrath, archaeologist Michael Thomas leads a team that discovered a wine "négociant" outside Pompeii

Posted: May 6, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

April 30, 2013 Issue  :  News

$2 Million of Wine in Hurricane Limbo

Posted: April 30, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Taittinger Toasts the SAG Awards

Plus, the duck-label war returns to Long Island and rears its beak in New Jersey, a wine auction aids Sandy victims, and vintner Lucio Mastroberardino succumbs to cancer

Posted: January 31, 2013  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Best of Unfiltered 2012

Destruction trumped beauty in 2012, just barely, with demolished wineries drawing attention from models, actresses and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Posted: December 27, 2012  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Is the World's Drink Window Up?

Unfiltered's guide to what to eat, what to drink, and where to stay if the Mayan calendar apocalypse comes to pass. Plus, the Brunello vandal is behind bars

Posted: December 20, 2012  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Roger Federer Serves Moët

Plus, a Provence vigneron devastated by hail gets a little help from his friends, and a new matchmaking service in Bordeaux pairs aging heirless vineyard owners with young winemakers

Posted: December 6, 2012  

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

How do I assess whether flooding caused by superstorm Sandy ruined my wine?

Posted: November 30, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

Will New Jersey Have Wine This Holiday Season?

One of the state's biggest wine-and-spirits distributors was wrecked by Hurricane Sandy; Fedway and its importer partners are scrambling to keep wines in stores

Posted: November 26, 2012  By Ben O'Donnell

Blogs  :  Outside the Bottle with Talia Baiocchi

When Water Meets Wine

Hurricane Sandy knocked a Brooklyn winery off its feet, but not down and out

Posted: November 26, 2012  By Talia Baiocchi

What do you do when a 5-foot wall of water comes crashing through the front door of your winery, carrying several barrel-sized concrete planters along with it?

It's not a question that most wineries need to ponder. But that's exactly what happened to Red Hook Winery on the night that Hurricane Sandy backhanded the tristate area.

The winery is located in the isolated Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, which sits on low ground abutting New York Harbor. It had recently moved to a waterfront warehouse on Pier 41, overlooking Lady Liberty, and was directly in the line of fire when Sandy sent a surge of saltwater up underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and through the harbor, flooding Red Hook, Lower Manhattan and the East Village.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

The Timberlake-Biel Wedding Cuvée

Plus, Hip-hop star Timbaland introduces a sparkling blend of wine and vodka, Adam Carolla introduces Mangria and more Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts

Posted: November 21, 2012  

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