Wine

A record-breaking snowstorm in Spain collapsed the cellar roof of one of Priorat’s leading wineries, Vall Llach, destroying fermentation tanks and other machinery and possibly the entire 2020, 2019 and 2018 vintages. While the rain in Spain is nothing new, snowstorms are something of a rarity in the Iberian Peninsula. Last weekend, Storm Filomena brought
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As the region of Rheinhessen, is shaped by its viticulture, local wine growers have a special responsibility when it comes to promoting sustainable development, and the wine industry has been proving its dedication in this field for many years. In 2012, for example, the marketing organisation for local wines (Rheinhessenwein e. V.) published a study
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It’s been a long time coming, but E.&J. Gallo has closed its acquisition of more than 30 wine brands and five wineries from Constellation Brands. The final price was approximately $810 million, consisting of approximately $560 million in cash paid at closing and up to $250 million in earnouts if brand performance targets are met
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The U.S. government has opted not to redefine moderate drinking. On Dec. 29, the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2020–2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines. While there were some changes, the guidelines left the federal recommendations on alcohol—that women drink no more than one alcoholic beverage per day and men
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The pain of 2020 has not ended with the new year for South African vintners. The nation’s government has instituted another ban on domestic alcohol sales, in hopes of reducing alcohol-related hospital visits at a time when COVID-19 cases are surging and a new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus has arrived. That has winemakers
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In 2008, Bordeaux carried out the first Carbon Assessment of the industry, finding that it produced 840,000 tonnes equivalent CO2 from three main sources; inputs (plastic, glass, winemaking products, etc.), transport and energy. The following carbon assessment in 2013, showed progress; a 9% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the five years to 770,000 tonnes
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What are Americans drinking? The U.S. wine market continues to grow, defying predictions of decline. But not all wines are enjoying better times, and this year’s pandemic and economic upheaval are only making things more challenging. The latest report from Impact Databank, a sibling publication of Wine Spectator, shows a complex market, with strong growth
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We may never have looked forward to a new year as much as we do to 2021, but before we close the book on 2020, Wine Spectator‘s editors would like to remember the wine and restaurant industry pioneers, standard-bearers and loved ones we lost this year, some of them to the COVID-19 pandemic. We lost
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The past 12 months have been a year to remember … and one almost everyone would like to forget. A global pandemic killed more than 1.76 million people and shut down multiple nations, often more than once. The restaurant and travel industries were particularly devastated and have yet to recover; in the United States, more
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As we look back at the best of 2020, we’re showcasing the videos that helped us pass the time through the worst of the crisis. Whether it was having fun with the creative contributors to our “Wine at Home”–themed video contest, cooking new meals, tagging along with a famous California chef or learning more about
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Heitz Cellar owner Gaylon Lawrence Jr. and CEO Carlton McCoy Jr. are not slowing down in their quest to acquire and preserve some of Napa’s most treasured wine estates. Three months after purchasing Burgess Cellars, the duo announced today the acquisition of Stony Hill Vineyard, located in Napa’s Spring Mountain District. The purchase price was
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Dream now, visit virtually. Videos on chateaux websites offer a mixture of dreamy vineyard landscapes transporting you to Bordeaux. Others offer informative wine making and historic content, you choose.  Some of the most beautiful include Château la Dauphine in Fronsac, Château Malartic la Gravière in Pessac Léognan, Chateau de Reignac in the Entre deux Mers,
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An interesting combination of culinary symbols, historical events and great wines of its territory can be discovered on Verona traditional Christmas tables. In Verona great care has been vested in creating first courses tied to the land and local ingredients. Vialone Nano Veronese PGI, a rice cultivated in the surrounding plains, is the perfect base
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New Year’s Eve Dinner Chandon Winery (www.chandon.com.ar) will offer for the first time an exclusive dinner to say goodbye to 2020 at the highest level. In San Rafael, at the southern part of Mendoza, Ibarra Boutique Winery will end the year with a themed dinner called ‘White and Wine Fest’ on December 31st, the dress
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On Aug. 4, just after 6 p.m., Johnny Saadé and his sons Sandro and Karim were meeting in his office on the eighth floor of a building on Pasteur Street in the Gemmayzeh neighborhood of Beirut. The family of vintners owns two wine estates—the 148-acre Chateau Marsyas in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley and the 30-acre Bargylus
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Coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease, is caused by the buildup of cholesterol deposits in artery walls, a process known as atherosclerosis. It can potentially lead to heart attacks and strokes. But a recent study from the University of Barcelona found that moderate consumption of Sherry was linked to reduced blood
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Updated: Sept. 17, 2020 Restaurants are inherently risky businesses, and this year the coronavirus pandemic has had a terrible impact on the industry. Despite their enormous efforts, some of our award-winning restaurants—from long-honored classics to exciting newcomers—have been forced to close their doors for good. Wine Spectator is grateful for their involvement in our Restaurant
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When Tristan Le Lous and his brothers Briac and Guirec bought Bordeaux third-growth Château Cantenac-Brown in Margaux this past December, they fulfilled a long-cherished dream to own a top wine estate. They’d grown up in Burgundy, their grandfather’s cellar generously stocked. “We’ve always been passionate about wine in my family,” said Tristan Le Lous. They
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A 5-acre plot along California’s Russian River has been the backbone and heart of SingleThread Farms inn and restaurant in Healdsburg since 2014. Now husband-and-wife owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton are expanding their passion-driven project by relocating farming operations from Alexander Valley to a much larger property in Dry Creek Valley. “We will have the
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