As we approach a new decade, we're looking back at our top videos of 2019 and toasting to the stories that filled our glasses and our hearts. From a compelling video contest to inside looks at top Napa Cabernet vineyards to wine and cheese tutorials, there was something for everyone this past year. Our top videos were also stacked with talent off the vineyard as well, including world-champion golfer Cristie Kerr, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jon Bon Jovi and cheesemonger Cat Pikei. If you have an empty glass, fill it up and relax as we showcase this reel of 2019’s best clips!
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Wine of the Year 2019
The Old World wins gold with wine lovers in this video featuring Wine Spectator’s 2019 Wine of the Year: Château Léoville Barton St.-Julien 2016. Senior editor James Molesworth explains how the three-generation family business is helping make this 119-acre Bordeaux second-growth one of the best blue-chip buys from France. 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
Sojourn Cellars: Journey to the Edge of the Earth
This year’s wine wanderlust theme took viewers all over the world, and Wine Spectator’s 2019 Video Contest winner chose to take viewers to the edge of it. Erich Bradley of Sojourn Cellars showcases how he grapples with Sonoma’s intense weather and unforgiving terrain in his pursuit to find the best Pinot Noir. It took in the most viewer votes, followed by “From the Bayou to the Bay” and “Winetastic Path Home.” Check out the rest of the finalists and honorable mentions!
Wine and Cheese 101
How to Save Leftover Wine
Trying to extend the life of your unfinished wine? Our tutorial on how to save leftover wine resonated with wine lovers this year and offered multiple storage methods. Check out more of our popular tutorials!
How to Cut Cheese
This year we gave cheese the respect it deserves with two tutorials from Bedford Cheese Shop’s Cat Pikei. She gave us pro tips on how to cut and present soft, firm and hard cheeses, and also how to wrap the leftovers!
Wine Star Spotlight
Spotlight On: Gaia Gaja and Giovanni Gaja
Italy’s Gaia and Giovanni Gaja—children of famed vintner Angelo Gaja—drew big crowds to our Spotlight series this year. Gaja’s Barbaresco legacy in Piedmont is a success story built on generations of work. Watch as the siblings take turns sharing stories about their inspiring family history.
Spotlight On: Sarah Marquis of Mollydooker
Sarah Marquis took her father’s advice—to become a winemaker—and never looked back. The owner of Australia's hugely successful Mollydooker winery talks about how she fell in love with wine and where she prefers to enjoy a glass when she hits the slopes.
In the Vineyard
In the Vineyard at MacDonald: Napa Old Vines
Napa Valley wine lovers got a special treat this year with an inside look at some of the oldest Cabernet vines in Napa. Senior editor James Molesworth joined vintners Alex and Graeme MacDonald as they talked geology, family roots and To Kalon’s treasures. Read more about Molesworth’s visit to MacDonald and check out his regular reports from top estates in Napa, Bordeaux and beyond.
In the Vineyard with Andy Erickson
As one of Napa Valley’s top winemakers, Andy Erickson jumped at the opportunity to work at To Kalon. The Cabernet star shows us three key blocks of the vineyard and how they produce different grape clusters. Read more about the visit and how Erickson’s “Highest Beauty” project is unfolding.
A Perfect Match: Crispy Salmon with White Burgundy
A rich, creamy salmon dish calls for a buttery classic in this popular episode of A Perfect Match. Wine Spectator’s Hilary Sims explains why the apple and citrus notes of a white Burgundy pair well with the tangy elements in this recipe from chef Russell Klein at Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner Meritage in St. Paul, Minn. Other recent favorites have included Grilled Lamb Chops with Syrah, Alsatian Three-Meat Casserole with Riesling and Butter-Basted Rib Eye with a Priorat Red. Don’t miss our entire series of Perfect Match videos and accompanying recipes!
The Judgment of Cheese: Old World Classics vs. New World Originals
This year we dedicated a cover story to Cheese Across America, bringing back some world-class American originals and leaving a trail of crumbs along the way. In an opportunity to compare some of these great cheeses to some of their Old World prototypes, we challenged our colleages to a blind comparison tasting. Watch as we stack cheeses from Vermont, Wisconsin and California against their Old World inspirations. And read more about these American artisan cheeses in our Sept. 30, 2019, issue!
Wine Spectator's 2018 New York Wine Experience was, as always, packed with wine and food stars, from a vertical tasting of Château Haut-Brion with Prince Robert of Luxembourg to the Chefs' Challenge featuring Emeril Lagasse, José Andrés, Mario Carbone and Ti Martin. But we also welcomed stars from the worlds of music and sports who are now making a second name for themselves in the world of wine.
Wine Star Seminar: Hampton Water’s Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi
Spotlight On: Rosé Stars Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi
It’s not surprising that Jon Bon Jovi’s dive into the wine business became a crowd favorite this year. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his son Jesse took the stage to share how their Hampton Water wine project came to life with the help of French rosé master Gérard Bertrand, and their entertaining seminar ended with a surprise performance by the legend himself. The father-son duo also sat down with Wine Spectator behind the scenes of the event to share the moments they fell for wine, discuss favorite food pairings, and reveal the two people they most want to try their Diving into Hampton Water rosé.
Wine Star Seminar: Cristie Kerr
The world-champion golfer has partnered with elite winemaker Helen Keplinger to create Kerr Cellars. Kerr talks about how she fell in love with Napa Valley, her goals and aspirations in the wine business and why she went against a winery owner’s advice.