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Baroness Philippine de Rothschild
Mar 31, 2014

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild has had a successful career as an actress, a quarter of a century at the head of an enormous wine company, a lifetime as a Rothschild. She has been spontaneous, indefatigable, fearless. And she is still forging ahead. Watch our video preview of the issue.

Cover Stories

Lioness in Winter

Lioness in Winter

Baroness Philippine de Rothschild knows very well how to make the family spirit work. She has held …
Mar 31, 2014
Noble Lineage, Stormy Lives

Noble Lineage, Stormy Lives

A brief overview of several influential members of the Rothschild family, and the turbulent lives …
Mar 31, 2014

Tasting Reports

2011 Bordeaux Standing On its Own

2011 Bordeaux Standing On its Own

With the 2011 vintage, Bordeaux reaches an inflection point. Just as the region was reasserting …
Mar 31, 2014
Rough Ride for California Rhônes

Rough Ride for California Rhônes

There are plenty of ways to spin 2011 for producers of Rhône-style reds in California. "Disaster …
Mar 31, 2014
Four to Watch

Four to Watch

Wine Spectator editors pick four standout California wineries specializing in Rhône-style …
Mar 31, 2014

Features

A Mind of His Own

A Mind of His Own

There are all kinds of winemakers in the world, and then there's Brian Loring. He's a man who knows …
Mar 31, 2014

Grapevine

Auction Index Rises Slightly in Fourth Quarter of 2013

Auction Index Rises Slightly in Fourth Quarter of 2013

The Wine Spectator Auction Index, which tracks sales at commercial wine auctions in the United …
Mar 31, 2014
China Buys Big in Bordeaux

China Buys Big in Bordeaux

Bordeaux has long welcomed new investors in its wine business, be they English, Dutch, German, …
Mar 31, 2014
In Brief: Oregon Land Rush, Under Water, Buying Yverdon

In Brief: Oregon Land Rush, Under Water, Buying Yverdon

Domaine Drouhin expands in Oregon; Manhattan's WineCare storage facility liquidated; and Jackson …
Mar 31, 2014
In Deepest Provence

In Deepest Provence

In 2007, after 29 years as a pioneer in the world of collectible wines, Peter Thustrup sold his …
Mar 31, 2014
The Environmental Cost of a Bottle of Wine

The Environmental Cost of a Bottle of Wine

What aspect of winemaking has the biggest impact on the environment? It's an important question for …
Mar 31, 2014
A Bottle Without Glass

A Bottle Without Glass

The evolution from glass bottles to alternative packaging has resulted in some interesting options: …
Mar 31, 2014
Court Halts Sonoma Vineyard Planting

Court Halts Sonoma Vineyard Planting

The dispute over more than 300 acres of undeveloped land on the Sonoma Coast owned by Artesa …
Mar 31, 2014
Mediterranean Influence

Mediterranean Influence

British singer-songwriter James Blunt has lived and toured all over the world. After serving with …
Mar 31, 2014
Charlie Trotter Foundation Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign at James Beard House

Charlie Trotter Foundation Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign at James Beard House

The Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation launched its initial fundraising campaign on Jan. …
Mar 31, 2014
Flavored Whiskeys

Flavored Whiskeys

Trepidation was Wine Spectator 's Jack Bettridge's first reaction to flavored whiskey. Five years …
Mar 31, 2014
Burgundy Producer May Face Prison for Shunning Pesticides

Burgundy Producer May Face Prison for Shunning Pesticides

Beaune winemaker Emmanuel Giboulot became a hero in the biodynamic world when he refused a French …
Mar 31, 2014
Tell Me What You Drink, I'll Tell You How You Vote

Tell Me What You Drink, I'll Tell You How You Vote

What you drink may say a lot about your politics, according to a report by National Media Research …
Mar 31, 2014

Departments

Grilled Dorade with Assyrtiko

Grilled Dorade with Assyrtiko

Not many restaurants offer the fine-dining experience of Dio Deka, housed in the Hotel Los Gatos. A …
Mar 31, 2014
Sizing Up Bottle Sizes

Sizing Up Bottle Sizes

Bottle size matters when it comes to wine, but not as much as you think. That's good to know if you …
Mar 31, 2014
Taking a Wrong Turn With <em>Terroir</em>

Taking a Wrong Turn With Terroir

"Both precision and certainty are false ideals," observed Karl Popper, the great philosopher of …
Mar 31, 2014
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers write in about by-the-glass serving etiquette and the Rudy Kurniawan …
Mar 31, 2014
Baroness Philippine

Baroness Philippine

Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken discusses the March 31, 2014 issue, with …
Mar 31, 2014

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2011 Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2011 Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

California Rhônes: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Rhône-style wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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