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Top Wine Videos of 2012

Favorite clips—from the amusing to the informative—from the past year of visits with winemakers, chefs and sommeliers

Posted: January 2, 2013

Wine is more than a beverage in a fancy glass. It’s also about the people and the places behind the bottle. Wine Spectator’s video team has a great time bringing winemakers from around the world to your computer or tablet or smartphone. We hope the conversations and insights have increased your enjoyment of wine.

We always feel a bit nostalgic at this time of the year, and we’ve been looking back at our year in videos, the people we’ve met and the topics we’ve covered. Without fail, the Top 10 Wines countdown videos are the most popular clips each year, but we always like to check out the top views in other categories. Join us as we review the best of the vintage.

Top 10 Wines: Wine No. 1 of 2012
From Napa Valley, this riveting red is a tribute to a dream fulfilled and the relentless pursuit of perfection.

Video Contest: A Brief History of Merlot
How are Merlot and Elvis related? Get the answer to this question (and so many more) from the Gundlach-Bundschu team in Sonoma Valley. In Wine Spectator’s 6th annual Video Contest, the much-maligned Merlot variety took the starring role. … It’s not too early to start thinking about your contest entry for this year; the deadline is Aug. 31. Technical expertise is not the key to a great video; it’s about the story.

Food Pairing: Cooking for Wine: Lamb and Cabernet
Learn how a winery chef makes great pairings as Ruth Van Waerebeek with Concha y Toro in Chile prepares delicious lamb skewers. Get the recipe in the link below the video.

Wine Regions (International): Barolo: Single Vineyards of Renato Ratti
The wines of Barolo are often blended from numerous vineyards. More recently, the focus has been on individual vineyards. Learn more about these intense wines from Piedmont's star appellation as senior editor Bruce Sanderson is joined by Pietro Ratti of Renato Ratti winery.

Wine Regions (U.S.): Caymus: Chuck Wagner on Family and Wine
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon has twice been Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year. Owner Chuck Wagner has also earned the magazine's Distinguished Service Award. Yet for Wagner, who founded the Napa Valley winery with his parents in 1972, it is still all about family. Meet Chuck.

Special Reports: Sports Legend, Wine Lover—Tom Seaver
From the N.Y. Mets and the Baseball Hall of Fame to his Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard above Napa Valley on Diamond Mountain, Tom Seaver has continued his winning streak. He joined Wine Spectator publisher and editor Marvin R. Shanken and shared his story at the Wine Experience.

Learn Wine: Saber Bubbly, with a Spoon (?!)
Finally, a bit of vinous fun from Wine Spectator's Jennifer Fiedler and sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate in New York City: How to open a bottle of sparkling wine—with a spoon. As Mom would admonish, “BE CAREFUL!” This technique may not require a sharp sword, but an exploding bottle is dangerous. If you simply must try this, make sure to point the bottle away from people and your china cabinet.

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