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José Andrés Brings Zaytinya to New York; Cyrus Returns to Sonoma in September

In 2002, long before José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen and became one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved chefs, he opened a Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, D.C., called Zaytinya. Now, Zaytinya has come to New York City, where it opened in July inside the new Ritz-Carlton New York, NoMad—one of several recent dining debuts in the Manhattan neighborhood. …

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Mitch Frank Named Senior Editor

Wine Spectator is pleased to announce the promotion of Mitch Frank to senior editor. Frank joined Wine Spectator as associate editor in 2005 and in his current position as news editor he is in charge of reporting breaking news for both print and digital. In this role, Frank delivers timely news on wine as it relates to health, celebrity, crime, …

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Daily Wine News: Climate Crisis

“It’s no secret that climate change is breaking records for heatwaves, frosts, fires, droughts, hail and wildfires. Their increasing frequency has left the wine world awash with initiatives, conferences, and research all concerning sustainable viticulture and its many facets: biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and the host of organic, biodynamic and sustainable labels or certifications they embody,” reports Elizabeth Gabay in Decanter. …

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A restless innovator: Champagne Jacques Lassaigne producer profile

Emmanuel Lassaigne in his vineyard. Emmanuel Lassaigne – vigneron inspiré Despite his lack of formal training and his base in Montgueux, a relatively obscure corner of Champagne, Emmanuel Lassaigne is producing some of the most compelling wines in the region. A restless innovator, he is always ready to try a new technique. According to Lassaigne, ‘most people do a blend …

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Daily Wine News: Haus for Sale

Photo courtesy of Haus. “Haus, a popular, Sonoma County aperitif brand seemingly poised for major success, has announced that it will cease operations after wine conglomerate Constellation Brands suddenly pulled out of the company’s fundraising campaign,” reports Jess Lander in the San Francisco Chronicle. “Constellation had offered Haus $10 million in funding, but rescinded the offer when the fortified wine …

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Long Read: Biodiversity in the vineyard – looking to the future

It’s no secret that climate change is breaking records for heatwaves, frosts, fires, droughts, hail and wildfires. Their increasing frequency has left the wine world awash with initiatives, conferences, and research all concerning sustainable viticulture and its many facets: biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and the host of organic, biodynamic and sustainable labels or certifications they embody. More than simple posturing, many …

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First grapes picked in Napa Valley 2022 harvest

The first Sauvignon Blanc grapes coming in at Honig in August. The Napa Valley 2022 harvest got underway in early August for some sparkling and white wine styles. ‘We had our earliest harvest ever, and started picking Sauvignon Blanc on Monday 1 August,’ said Stephanie Honig, of Honig Vineyard and Winery. ‘The fruit came from our grower partner Gordon Family …

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Andrew Jefford: ‘Rosé, for the time being, is a pretty babble’

Many wine styles can seem perplexing at first: imagine the first bottle of Barolo if you only know Barossa Shiraz, or the first bottle of Jura Savagnin if you were brought up on California Chardonnay. With time, thought and repeated tasting, though, comes understanding. You learn each wine’s syntax and lexicon, its hints and inferences. You grasp the ways in …

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Biodiversity in the vineyard: looking to the future

It’s no secret that climate change is breaking records for heatwaves, frosts, fires, droughts, hail and wildfires. Their increasing frequency has left the wine world awash with initiatives, conferences, and research all concerning sustainable viticulture and its many facets: biodiversity, regenerative agriculture and the host of organic, biodynamic and sustainable labels or certifications they embody. More than simple posturing, many …

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Iconic Wisconsin Cheeses, Wine & Beta Readers with Author Joy Ribar

Introduction Why is Wisconsin the most famous state in the US for its cheeses and what do they produce? Which iconic, delicious Wisconsin cheeses should you try? What is a beta reader and why would you want to become one? In this episode of the Unreserved Wine Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Joy Ann Ribar, author of the Deep Lakes Cozy …

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Cantina Tramin’s Epokale: No imitators

Willi Stürz in the abandoned silver mine at Val Ridanna, where Epokale ages for six years. When Cantina Tramin’s Epokale 2009 became the first Italian white wine to be awarded 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in 2018, it must have seemed the perfect time for the team to sit back and light up the cigars. That is not, …

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Family Winemakers Tasting: August 21, Oakland

Way back when hundreds or even thousands of us all gathered fecklessly in enclosed spaces without masks, pressing the flesh and cavalierly spitting liquids into big pails, there were a couple of wine-tasting events that were could-not-miss affairs for me in San Francisco. One of them was the annual Family Winemakers tasting. Fifteen years ago, this was one of the …

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Daily Wine News: Parkerization

Robert Parker has long been the wine world’s favorite villain—a critic who used his unprecedented power to flatten wine into an alcoholic, fruity mass of sameness. But “Parkerization” was always much bigger than one man. In PUNCH, John McCaroll delves into Parker’s influence on wine, then and now. “While the distinction between Parker the man and Parkerization can be a …

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Garda DOC: Wineries to visit and wines to seek out

The glittering, deep blue water of Lake Garda, with its seductive Mediterranean climate and lush vegetation, soft breezes and striking mountain backdrop is no stranger to many a traveller. A naturally refined yet easygoing atmosphere pervades the lake, offering the prospect of relaxed waterside drinks and dining; as much of a draw as the many charming towns and villages around …

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France expects bigger 2022 wine harvest but drought is a concern

Vineyards near to Carcassonne (2018). France’s 2022 wine harvest is likely to be between 42.6 million and 45.6m hectolitres, up by 13% to 21% on the frost-hit 2021 vintage and more in-line with the country’s five-year average. One hectolitre is equivalent to 100 litres. Yet drought could impact on yields in the coming weeks, adding extra uncertainty in several regions, …

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Walls’ hidden gems: Domaine Font de Courtedune, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Caroline Charrier of Domaine Font de Courtedune in her vineyard. Establishing a vineyard isn’t something you just rush into these days. Identifying the right site, carrying out soil analysis, selecting suitable rootstocks and varieties, procuring equipment… We’ve made a lot of progress in the past 80 years. But perhaps we overthink such things. Some estates, such as Domaine Font de …

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Get to know the wines of Argentina in 10 labels

Bodegas Salentein in Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina Over the past 10 years, the Argentinian wine industry has evolved more than ever before. Progress has been made not just in terms of quality. Diversity has exploded in a country that most wine drinkers still regard as being synonymous with Malbec. A number of factors have contributed to these changes. These include …

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Shopper’s guide: award-winning wines from Marks & Spencer

Supermarket of the Year runner-up at the Decanter Retailer Awards 2021, M&S has a wine range that continues to impress across the board, including a host of award-winning wines from the Decanter World Wine Awards.  Topping the must-try list at Marks &Spencer is Le Domaines Brocard Chablis. Organically produced, full of finesse and elegantly structured, this wine was awarded a …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 7/7/22

Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Is that a beer bong at that natural wine bar? Actually, it’s an …

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