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After a career spanning more than 30 years at M. Shanken Communications, Thomas Matthews is stepping down as executive editor of Wine Spectator. Jeffery Lindenmuth, executive editor of sibling publication Whisky Advocate, will assume the role. The transition will take place at the end of 2020, announced Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of both
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Harvest in Bordeaux is normally a time of celebration—the pinnacle of a growing season of hard work. Everyone on the château team joins harvesters and out-of-town guests in the vineyard to pick, often stopping for a lunch of good food and wine. This year was not quite the same. “[We had an almost] military organization
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“Here I got a bank account with a couple million from investors to build a restaurant, and I’ve already demolished the previous spot. I can’t say, ‘Hold on to my money,’ or ‘Take back those documents I signed.’ I had to figure out how not to lose my shirt and go belly up before even
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In a sign of Austrian wine evolving with the climate, F.X. Pichler, one of the leading wineries in the Wachau region, is quitting the winemaker association Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus. The winery will no longer use the association’s designated classification categories for dry white wines by ripeness, such as Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd, starting with the
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Tenuta San Guido’s Sassicaia is one of the world’s most acclaimed wines, the Bordeaux blend that created the super Tuscan category. In 2018, Wine Spectator named the 2015 Sassicaia Wine of the Year, the pinnacle of a classic Bolgheri vintage. Which made it odd when someone found a case of the wine lying on the
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When it comes to Tuscany’s wine giants, Piero Antinori humbly stands near the top. At age 82, he has helmed his family’s 600-year-old business, Marchesi Antinori, for more than 50 years, and has partnered on wineries in Napa Valley, Washington and Chile. Antinori began making his mark in 1971, when he upended Tuscan wine tradition
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The Bordeaux blend, a response to the challenges of climate change. Situated on the 45th parallel and on the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux traditionally enjoys a moderate maritime climate, with the warming Gulf Stream allowing grapes to ripen well into October. This slow ripening period maintains a fresh acidity in the grapes whilst allowing complex aromas
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Global warming is impacting the DOCa Rioja and numerous studies provide scientific evidence of the fact. One of the most recent, Evaluación del impacto del cambio climático en la producción vitivinícola de la DOCa Rioja (1)  (Evaluation of the impact of climate change on the grape and wine production in the DOCa Rioja) tracks temperature
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Restaurateur and chef Michael Mina has a new restaurant in Miami suburb Aventura, Ornos Estiatorio, featuring seafood-centric Greek cuisine and a similarly focused wine program. The Sept. 30 opening marks the San Francisco–based chef’s first Greek-style venture and joins the many carnivore-friendly restaurants in his Mina Group, including Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners Bourbon Steak
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Hostess extraordinaire Lucie “Lulu” Peyraud, matriarch of Bandol’s Domaine Tempier and a cook whose Provençal cooking inspired great chefs, died Oct. 7 at age 102. “Her contributions were so huge: Provençal lifestyle, cooking, welcoming feeling, etc. And, of course, joie de vivre,” said Domaine Tempier’s winemaker Daniel Ravier, in an email to Wine Spectator. “It
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The Glass fire, which erupted Sept. 27 in the hills above St. Helena, burned wineries and vineyards. It also halted harvest and may prove to be the knockout punch for the 2020 vintage in both Napa and Sonoma. The preceding LNU Complex fires in August had already impacted the vintage, as smoke lingered over the
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Wine Spectator has been continuously updating our coverage of the West Coast wildfires. The Glass fire in Napa is still blazing, as vintners inspect damage to their properties. Read the latest developments. The 2020 wildfires in California started in August, damaging and destroying residences and businesses, including wineries, hotels and restaurants, across the state. In
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The relationship between alcohol and cancer is complex. Research has linked moderate alcohol consumption with a lower risk of some cancers including lung cancer and colon cancer. Other studies have shown a link between even light alcohol consumption and other cancers, particularly breast cancer. A new study from a team of U.K. and Australian researchers
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Zachys auction house scored big in its European debut Sept. 12, thanks to a consignment from the Grand Award–winning restaurant Enoteca Pinchiorri. The New York–based auction house sold over 2,500 bottles from restaurant owner Giorgio Pinchiorri’s world-renowned cellar in Florence, Italy, bringing in a total of $4.1 million. The event took place at Cabotte Wine
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It’s a collective endeavour; properties across the region working together have made significant progress. In 2014, 35% of the Bordeaux vineyards were qualified by environmental certification, in 2019 this has reached 65%. Certification covers sustainable to organic and biodynamic agriculture. Wine tourism is a perfect way for producers to share their passion for their terroir
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TRIVENTO Trivento has just won the Hallbars Sustainability Reports Awards 2020 for the best report from an Argentine winery. The Trivento Sustainability Report 2018 received this distinction and is being exhibited with other reports at the Alfred Nobel House in Björkborn, Karsloga, Sweden from September 3rd to November 9th, 2020.  https://hallbars.org/reports-exhibition Trivento has made sustainability
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