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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  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Wild Party Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Launch of Duboeuf and Deutsch Beaujolais Nouveau

Also in Unfiltered, Madonna indulges in her favorite Champagne, and Yao Ming brings his Cabernet to America

Posted: November 15, 2012  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

From Star Chefs to Food Trucks, Culinary New York Lends a Hand to Sandy Victims

Find out which restaurants, bars, and food and wine companies are providing disaster relief and which fund-raisers are yet to come. Plus, Charlie Trotter puts his legendary cellar on the auction block

Posted: November 8, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

Updated: Northeast Restaurants Fight Back Against Hurricane Sandy

The storm devastated large parts of the Northeast; now restaurateurs, wine retailers and wineries are assessing damages and serving their customers as best they can

Posted: November 7, 2012  By Mitch Frank, James Molesworth

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

New Bubbly Bars for Sir Winston and Jay-Z

Plus, Sauternes' Château d'Yquem builds a swanky new cellar, and Pennsylvania shuts down wine stores on the day people need them most

Posted: November 1, 2012  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Drinking With Isaac

A hurricane is coming your way—which wine do you reach for first?

Posted: September 13, 2012  By Mitch Frank

It was 87 degrees inside my house. The doors, which we had opened in a futile effort to circulate the stagnant air, were now too swollen from the humidity to shut properly. The power had been down for about 48 hours.

"Honey, I'm opening the Mouton-Rothschild 2000. Grab a glass," I said.

I knew when I moved to New Orleans that hurricane season was a fact of life. After Katrina, my wife's parents came home to find that 3 feet of floodwater had ruined much of their ground floor. Thankfully, Hurricane Isaac did not severely challenge New Orleans' newly strengthened levees. Neighboring parishes outside the levees suffered far more and need our help and prayers.

Still, the local utility spent days after the storm trying to bring New Orleans back to the 21st century. (We spent 60 hours without power; other neighborhoods were out for nearly five more days.) Residents could decide quickly what in the fridge needed to be eaten or tossed, but for restaurants, retailers and collectors around the city, wine was a bit of a concern. The experience prompted me to open a few of my best bottles rather than risk letting them spoil.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Brangelina to Serve Their Own Rosé to Wedding Guests

Plus, the newly litigious atmosphere in Champagne, and one of the Midwest's worst droughts ever may be a boon for its wine regions

Posted: August 30, 2012  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Nature Is One Tough Boss

From hail to heat waves—is wine worth all the worry?

Posted: August 16, 2012  By Mitch Frank

My job doesn't hinge much on nature, and I'm grateful for that. Two years ago, Sonoma winegrowers weathered unseasonably cool weather for much of the summer. With the fruit not getting any riper, some opted to pluck leaves, exposing the grapes to more sunlight. A random heat wave then cooked their grapes on the vine. Who says Mother Nature doesn't have a sense of humor? It's a cruel one.

Wine producers are always boxing a far, bigger, faster opponent. They have to think fast, ready to change course if necessary. They always have to be prepared for the worst. Sometimes, nature is a partner. Other times, she just hits them with a sucker punch.

News & Features  :  News

Burgundy's Trying Year

The third hailstorm in two months exacerbates the challenging 2012 growing season

Posted: August 13, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

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