Wine

Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth is poppin’ off in episode 3 of Straight Talk—with a Champagne spectacular! He’s joined by Wine Spectator‘s lead taster for Champagne, Alison Napjus, and a wide-ranging lineup of sparkling wine stars: Roederer’s Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon talks Cristal and climate change, Alexandre Chartogne takes us inside the “grower Champagne” movement, and we talk
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Antinori, one of the top names in Italian wine, has added a key vineyard asset to its Prunotto winery in Piedmont, purchasing 8.4 acres in the Cerretta MGA (Menzione Geografica Aggiuntiva—Piedmont’s system of classified vinegrowing places) of Serralunga d’Alba for $9 million. The deal, signed on November 7, increases Prunotto’s estate-owned vineyards and parcels under
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While numerous studies have linked moderate wine consumption to improved health outcomes, medical professionals agree that high alcohol intake, especially binge drinking, has negative consequences, including accidents, violence and longterm health problems. New research attempts to quantify just how serious those consequences can be, especially for young adults, who are at the highest risk of alcohol-related
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The trial in Bordeaux’s Tribunal lasted just six hours, but the figures discussed were mind-boggling for the wine trade. Finishing late at night on Oct. 27, prosecutor Nathalie Mathieu deconstructed an intricate, profitable web of consumer and customs fraud. Over a period of two years, from 2016 to 2019, 131 tanker trucks hauled the equivalent
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In October, New York–based Italian restaurant Scarpetta arrived in Tokyo, marking owner LDV Hospitality’s second location outside the U.S., and its first in Asia. The new venue is situated within a new skyscraper complex in the Toranomon district of the city’s Minato ward. “As one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world, Tokyo
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Several of Argentina’s leading wine regions were devastated by consecutive days of widespread freezing conditions recently, impacting tens of thousands of acres of vines throughout the country. At a time when nearly all vineyards were budding and many were beginning to flower, it was a particularly unfavorable time for a cold snap. In some areas,
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Allen Shoup, a Washington icon who as CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle guided the state’s wine industry through its formative years, died Nov. 7. He was 79. “He was to Washington wines what his friend and mentor Robert Mondavi was to Napa Valley,” said his friend and Napa Valley vintner Agustin Huneeus, Sr., in a
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Hosted by Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth, episode 2 of the new Straight Talk podcast features a deep dive into the Robert Mondavi Winery legacy, featuring exclusive interviews with Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken, Continuum Estate co-founder and Robert’s son Tim Mondavi, international winemaking star and Mondavi winery alum Paul Hobbs, and with
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After a scorching summer that saw record temperatures across much of Europe and wildfires in France, Portugal, Spain and Greece, winemakers in the three largest wine-producing countries are cautiously optimistic about the 2022 vintage. They also believe techniques they have been adopting to counter climate change are working—for now. The common theme across the continent
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Danny Meyer thought he was on stage to tussle with José Andrés. The restaurateur and founder of Union Square Hospitality Group was a panelist at the New York Wine Experience’s annual Chefs’ Challenge, a wine-and-food pairing competition starring chefs José Andrés, Eric Ripert and Emeril Lagasse, along with Meyer. But Marvin R. Shanken, Wine Spectator’s
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“Wine is about enjoyment,” observed Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, co-owner of Château Mouton-Rothschild, while speaking to more than 1,000 guests at the 2022 New York Wine Experience as they enjoyed a vertical tasting of wines from his family’s famed first-growth. “It’s a people business. Don’t forget about that.” It was impossible to forget how much
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Gaylon Lawrence’s wine ambitions extend beyond Napa Valley, apparently. Lawrence Family Wine Estates, the wine company founded by the Tennessee billionaire and managed by Carlton McCoy, has purchased a majority stake in Château Lascombes, a second-growth estate in Bordeaux’s Margaux appellation. The deal is Lawrence Wine Estates’ first acquisition in Europe, joining a portfolio which
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The celebrations started early on the first morning of Wine Spectator’s 2022 New York Wine Experience at the New York Marriott Marquis. Editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken took the podium to announce the first of two 2022 Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award winners, for “my beloved friend Thomas Matthews.” Matthews, who joined the publication
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On Oct. 18, Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) revived their Roman-Italian restaurant, Maialino, at the Redbury Hotel in New York, adding another new hot spot to Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood. USHG closed Maialino’s original Gramercy Park Hotel location—a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winner—in 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic (though
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Wine Spectator makes its podcast debut this week with the launch of Straight Talk with Wine Spectator, a new podcast available exclusively at WineSpectator.com/podcast. Hosted by senior editor and special projects director James Molesworth, each episode will spotlight subjects featured in the most recent issues of Wine Spectator magazine. Building on the success of Wine
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Should the label on a bottle of Pinot or Pilsner match what’s on a can of soda? Alcoholic beverages are regulated by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), not the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They’re subject to different regulations than most foods and drinks. But now TTB has proposed that
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Wine investment funds are having a moment—again. After the collapse of several such funds a decade ago, triggered by the abrupt Chinese retreat from the luxury wine market, they are again coming on strong. While their methods differ, all wine funds project a common message: It’s smart to augment your traditional portfolio of stocks and
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Longtime California vintner Fred Franzia, the co-founder of Bronco Wine Co. best-known for his Charles Shaw brand, aka “Two Buck Chuck,” passed away Sept. 13 at age 79. He will be remembered as a larger-than-life character who expanded the reach of California wine with budget bottlings that offered consistent quality. Franzia founded Bronco Wine Co.
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Washington State’s wine community is grappling with the loss of respected winemaker Ross Andrew Mickel. The 47-year-old, along with his wife and young son, were among 10 people who were lost on Sept. 4 when a seaplane crashed near Whidbey Island in Washington State’s Puget Sound, just north of Seattle. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended
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