What did 2018 teach us about wine? From walking the vineyards with top winemakers to learning new wine-friendly recipes to how to decant a bottle of wine, Wine Spectator's editors covered a lot of ground!
Among the most popular Wine Spectator videos of 2018 are Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year and the winner of our 2018 Video Contest. They're joined by useful how-to tutorials and special insider intel from vineyards in Napa Valley. Grab some popcorn and, of course, a glass of wine, as we spool up this reel of the year's best clips.
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Wine of the Year 2018
It’s no surprise that the video featuring Wine Spectator’s Wine of the Year, the Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015, was a hit with wine lovers. Senior editor Bruce Sanderson explains that Sassicaia began as an experimental passion project that became a pioneer of Bolgheri's super Tuscan movement. For more information on the full Top 100, check out our Top 100 video page to hear from our senior editors about what makes the Top 10 wines special, and check out the Top 100 Bonus Videos and explore the regions, grape varieties and wine styles featured in this year’s list.
Video Contest Winner
The Soul of Barolo
The story of the Abbona family, the owners of Piedmont’s Marchesi di Barolo winery, turned out to be as captivating to viewers as it was to Seattle-based filmmaker Will Miceli, who chose to showcase it in his submission for Wine Spectator’s 2018 Video Contest. This behind-the-scenes snapshot of the family during and after work, was chosen by viewer votes. The theme of love and family continues with the contest’s second- and third-place winners “I am Brian Benson” and “Amore Amarone.” Check out at all the winners, finalists and honorable mentions!
How to Serve Wine Like a Pro
We published three great tutorials this year. In addition to "How to Serve Wine Like a Pro," we also presented viewers with primers on "How to Decant Wine" and "How to Open a Screwcap." (If it sounds obvious, you might be surprised!)
The 2017 New York Wine Experience brought vintners from across the globe to share their exciting wines and stories, including Italy's Angelo and Gaia Gaja, who presented their family’s 2014 Barbaresco. Find out why Gaia calls Nebbiolo such a challenging grape variety.
Perfect Match: Tuna Aguachile with Lime, Cilantro and Mint
A fresh, aromatic meal calls for a crisp, delicate wine. Wine Spectator's Hilary Sims explains why a bright Provençal-style rosé shines with this flavorful Mexican dish from Best of Award of Excellence winner Harvest by Roy Ellamar. Don't miss our entire series of Perfect Match videos and accompanying recipes. Recent favorites have included Roast Salmon with Chardonnay, Lamb Chops with Barbaresco and Roast Chicken with Beaujolais.
What Makes a Great Malbec?
Malbec is the star of Argentina, where wineries produce delicious, full-bodied versions. What are the signs of a high-quality Malbec? Winemaker Sebastián Zuccardi of Familia Zuccardi shares his insight.
After the Fires: California Wine Country Rebuilds
Several months after the devastating October 2017 wildfires, Wine Spectator visited some of the hardest-hit wineries in California wine country, including Signorello, Mayacamas and Paradise Ridge, to see how recovery efforts were coming along. Watch the video to learn more about the rebuilding process, and check out our followup coverage.
In the Vineyard
In the Vineyard with Mark Aubert
California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir master Mark Aubert talks viticulture in his top estate vineyard, Lauren. Find out the history behind this site, and learn why it's so important to the Aubert label. And don't miss senior editor Kim Marcus' cover story, "Mark Aubert's Ambition," in the July 31, 2018, issue of Wine Spectator.
In the Vineyard at Harlan Estate
At the cult Napa Cabernet producer, winemaker Cory Empting shares how vineyard conditions improve from planting new rows of grapevines. Read more on senior editor James Molesworth's visit to Harlan, and check out his blog for regular reports from top estates in Napa, Bordeaux and beyond.