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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

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

An Italian Vineyard Feels the Flames

Plus, El Bulli's wine cellar hits the auction block, and covert wine thieves lift $200,000 worth of Italian vino

Posted: August 9, 2012  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

A Family Winery in California Goes Up in Flames

Plus, Chinese archaelogists play "What's in the box?" with a 3,000-year-old vessel (hint: it's probably wine), actress Megan Hilty joins Nicolas Feuillatte, and a wine country compromise pulls the Mount Veeder zip line off the mountain

Posted: July 12, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

Severe Hailstorms Ravage Champagne

April brought frost to the Côte des Blancs, now hail has pummelled Pinot Noir vines in Aube, continuing a tough start to 2012

Posted: June 25, 2012  By Victoria Daskal

News & Features  :  News

Château Montus Hit Hard by Storm

Hail wreaks havoc in vineyards of top Madiran producer

Posted: May 7, 2012  By Kim Marcus

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Cape 'Cue for Champions Dinner at the Masters

Plus, a top Bordeaux consulting winemaker's secret hobby revealed, and flooding soaks Australia's vineyards

Posted: April 5, 2012  

Oct. 31, 2011 Issue  :  News

Harvest 2011 Begins As a Nailbiter

Posted: October 31, 2011  By Mitch Frank, Augustus Weed

Sept. 30, 2011 Issue  :  News

Mosel Bridge Divides

Posted: September 30, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

Sept. 30, 2011 Issue  :  News

Washington Faces Freeze Aftermath

Posted: September 30, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

My wine fridges were floating in basement floodwater for days. What do I do?

Posted: September 12, 2011  

News & Features  :  News

Hail Pounds Bordeaux and the Mosel

Storms inflict some damage on Cos-d'Estournel, Lafite Rothschild and Dr. Loosen just before harvest

Posted: September 7, 2011  By Suzanne Mustacich, Bruce Sanderson

July 31, 2011 Issue  :  News

Paso Robles Vines Hit Hard by Frost

Posted: July 31, 2011  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Fire Destroys Château de France's Cellar

Quantities of the Bordeaux estate's wine were damaged by the sheer heat of the blaze

Posted: July 21, 2011  By Diana Macle

News & Features  :  News

Washington Faces Freeze Aftermath

Most wine areas escaped damage, but some will produce few grapes this year

Posted: June 14, 2011  By Harvey Steiman

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

My house burned down. Can I save the wine from the basement?

Posted: May 20, 2011  

News & Features  :  News

Central Coast Vines Hit by Frost

Paso Robles bore the brunt of the cold, with extensive damage reported

Posted: May 10, 2011  By Augustus Weed

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