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Mar 31, 2016

Grant Achatz

"We have our own voice and identity [at Alinea]. Our creative philosophy is 'Do the impossible.' Whether it's a food concept, plating, service ... Floating food, like the green apple balloon, is a really great example."—Grant Achatz

Tasting Reports

Reds: Mix and Match

Reds: Mix and Match

Less is traditionally more when blending a California wine. That's beginning to change, and nowhere …
Mar 31, 2016
Whites: Slow and Steady

Whites: Slow and Steady

Rhône-style white wines are on the rise in California. They continue to grow in both acreage and …
Mar 31, 2016
Bordeaux Squeaks By in 2013

Bordeaux Squeaks By in 2013

Whew. That is basically the feeling among the Bordelais as the red wines from the 2013 vintage are …
Mar 31, 2016
Keeping Cool

Keeping Cool

New York's Finger Lakes region received a reminder that it's a cool-climate viticultural area …
Mar 31, 2016

Grapevine

Harry Mariani: Pioneering Importer and Champion of Italian Wine Dies at 78

Harry Mariani: Pioneering Importer and Champion of Italian Wine Dies at 78

Harry Mariani, the former president of Banfi Vintners who helped introduce many Americans to …
Mar 31, 2016
In Brief: Gallo Aquires Napa Winery; <em>Wine Spectator</em> Senior Editor Adds New Beat

In Brief: Gallo Aquires Napa Winery; Wine Spectator Senior Editor Adds New Beat

E. & J. Gallo made a major move in December, inking a deal to acquire the Ranch Winery and MaryAnn …
Mar 31, 2016
Need Wine Now? There's an App for That

Need Wine Now? There's an App for That

Before 2005, many Americans' only option for buying wine was heading to a store. Now consumers have …
Mar 31, 2016
Troubled California Wine Retailer Files for Bankruptcy

Troubled California Wine Retailer Files for Bankruptcy

Premier Cru, the embattled wine retailer and importer filed for bankruptcy in January. Wine …
Mar 31, 2016
Wine and Exercise Reinforce Health Benefits

Wine and Exercise Reinforce Health Benefits

People who exercise tend to participate in other healthy behaviors and drink alcohol in moderation. …
Mar 31, 2016
Revolution in Emilia-Romagna

Revolution in Emilia-Romagna

Wine Spectator 's Ben O'Donnell spoke with Alicia Lini, a champion for the emerging generation of …
Mar 31, 2016
A Chef and His Blends

A Chef and His Blends

King's Row Coffee is an unusual upstart—not surprising given that finicky chef Craig Shelton, …
Mar 31, 2016
At Home With Chris and Thea Upchurch

At Home With Chris and Thea Upchurch

Chris Upchurch winemaker and co-founder of DeLille Cellars decided to build a home and cellar right …
Mar 31, 2016

Departments

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Feedback

Mar 31, 2016
Not a Trivial Pursuit

Not a Trivial Pursuit

Our current pursuit of credentials creates an undesirable class differentiation for a subject that …
Mar 31, 2016
The Art of Tawny Port

The Art of Tawny Port

Discussions of enological nuances can challenge the attention of even the most passionate wine …
Mar 31, 2016

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

2013 Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2013 Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

New York Finger Lakes: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all New York Finger Lakes wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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