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Cabernet Franc Goes Blanc
Parent of powerhouse red variety Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc creates herbaceous, savory reds, bright rosés and, increasingly, layered white wines. That’s right: An adventurous set of American winemakers has begun to embrace the grape in a new
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New Ideas on The Old Central Coast
From the late 1700s, when Spanish friars planted vines in Santa Barbara County, to the end of the 19th century, when French and Italian immigrants established nurseries and vineyards throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, California’s Central Coast has
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Beer
Asecond mug of barleywine always seems like a good idea at the time, but the next morning tells a different story. The strong, dark ale is a historical style that remains popular with a small section of brewers and drinkers, but has largely fallen by
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Grape On The Go: Riesling Romps Around
Native to Germany’s Rhine Valley, Riesling has found great popularity worldwide. And for good reason: Though many associate the white grape with sweet wines, its shape-shifting nature means it can just as effortlessly play the role of dry, crisp apér
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Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Winners 2020
In 2020, we mark the 21st anniversary of Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards, honoring the individuals and companies that make outstanding contributions to the wine and alcohol beverage world. In a challenging year, we salute the dedicated prof
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Last Drop: Camping Among The Vines
Walking back from my car to my campsite after exploring Yosemite for a few hours, I was struck by the silence. It was my first time in California, and visiting Yosemite had been a dream of mine. When I found a campsite that also had a small backyard
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Flor Plans
While modern wineries feature their share of architectural wonders, the historic bodegas of the Sherry triangle, many of which date to the mid-1800s, boast their own engineering marvels. Most were designed to create specific microclimates that encour
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Drinks Gone diy
A good cocktail is meant to be an invitation to unwind, but some recipes are jaw-clenchingly complicated: precise measurements of this particular spirit or those exact bitters. If you don’t have the right bottle readily available, you can’t make the
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Q&A: CLEAN WINE CONSCIOUS
When friends Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power learned about the additives used in some wine production and the industry’s lack of clear labeling requirements, they were shocked. With so many people increasingly conscious about the ingredients in othe
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Just desserts
Dessert and sweet wines have a lot in common beyond sugar: Both, at their best, are packed with complexity and characteristics like brightness or bitterness to keep them from being cloying. Both are afterthoughts a lot of the time, too, and not just
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Cocktail Of The Month: Freeze That Fizz
After New Year’s celebrations are done, put any leftover Champagne to work in this indulgent slushy that’s like a cross of a frozen Margarita with a Sgroppino, an Italian classic made with lemon sorbet, vodka and Prosecco. (Yes, you can put bubbly in
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Loire Valley
It’s hard to find many benefits of climate change. However, there is one for vine growers and wine producers in cooler climates. Grapes that ripened erratically are now regularly capable of going the extra mile, turning out wines that previously coul
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Is Now The Time To Invest In Wine?
It might be hard to think about the long term amid a global pandemic, a grape glut in California and tariffs on certain European wines. And yet, people are buying more wine than ever. So, is this a good time to invest? Anthony Zhang, cofounder/CEO of
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The Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide
The Buying Guide includes ratings and reviews of new-release and selected older beverage alcohol products evaluated by Wine Enthusiast magazine’s editors and other qualified tasters. Regular contributors to our Buying Guide include Tasting Director A
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Recipe Of The Month: Quiche Me Quick
1 recipe pie dough, mixed and chilled6 ounces thick-cut bacon, diced1 small white onion, minced4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated2¼ cups half-and-half4 large eggs½ teaspoon salt Heat oven to 400˚F. Place 8-inch springform pan on baking sheet lined with
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Burgundy
98 Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils 2018 Clos des Hospices dans Les Clos Grand Cru (Chablis). While the nose on this wine has a rich sense of creaminess and chalk, an insistent sense of juicy Mirabelle and ripe lemon breaks through with sheer ex
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A Little Twinkle
The pressure inside a wine bottle is measured in bars or units of atmosphere. “The biggest difference between [sparkling and semi-sparkling] is the level of effervescence produced in each bottle,” says Settimo Pizzolato, winemaker for Cantina Pizzola
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Rhône Valley
96 Domaine Christophe Pichon 2017 La Comtesse en Côte Blonde (Côte-Rôtie). Packed with pristine black cherry and raspberry flavor, this medium-bodied Syrah is a gloriously perfumed expression of Côte Blonde. It’s sunny and charming in fruit profile b
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Pairology: Squash For A Nosh
Butternut squash is the quintessential produce of fall and winter. Rich and smooth, it’s akin to sweet potato, though less dense in texture, and pumpkin, which can be watery by comparison. It’s also, without question, the perfect partner for the spic
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Portugal
FORTIFIED WINES 98 Quinta do Crasto NV Honore Very Old Tawny Port. This is an extraordinary wine. It was created from a blend of very old tawnies (the oldest estimated to date from 1873). The resulting wine, amazingly perfumed and with a texture like
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Clay To Win
The use of clay in winemaking dates back more than 8,000 years to the nation of Georgia, where pots called qvevri were used to age wine underground. Similar dolium have roots around the Mediterranean, while egg-shaped vessels called tinaja are linked
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Northern Italy
SPARKLING WINES 95 Ettore Germano 2016 Metodo Classico Extra Brut (Alta Langa). Delicate aromas of white stone fruit, yellow spring flower and a whiff of bread crust form the delicate, enticing nose on this bone-dry sparkler. It’s elegant, vibrant an
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Viewpoint: And The Best Wine Of The Year Is…
Wine is an ambitious pursuit. It’s not just for drinking, it’s for studying, collecting and discussing. Many people who picked up this issue will have flipped open to “The Enthusiast 100,” and maybe marked down some bottles to try, long before you’ll
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New Zealand
93 Fromm Winery 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough). This is an expressive and downright delicious Sauvignon from a great vintage and a thoughtful producer. Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed with six months on lees, there’s a refreshing ease of wine
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The Enthusiast 100 of 2020
This is it, folks. The end of 2020 is in sight. At the finish line of such a difficult year, it’s cathartic to remember some positives that occurred in the last 12 months. This year, for example, our global team of editors and tasters cumulatively re
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Chile
92 Caliterra 2017 Tributo Carmenère (Colchagua Valley). Berry and black plum aromas meld with an herbal accent in this typical Colchagua Valley Carmenère. On the palate, this is full and dense, with just enough lively acidic pop. Toasty, spicy flavor
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Adam M. Strum PUBLISHER Susan Kostrzewa EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jacqueline Strum ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER MANAGING EDITOR Lauren Buzzeo TASTING DIRECTOR Alexander Peartree CREATIVE DIRECTOR Marco Turelli DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR Julia Lea ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDIT
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Bordeaux’s Premier Crew
Since the 1855 classification, the first growths of Bordeaux Médoc and Graves have stood at the top of the heap, the monarchs of all they survey. Other chateaus, however good, can aspire to, but never seem to reach, the pinnacle of these five (origin
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Uruguay
93 Cerro Chapeu 2017 Batovi T1 Single Vineyard Tannat (Uruguay). Massive dark-berry aromas range from blackberry to spiced black cherry. Following the nose, this is flush and lush but balanced more than just hefty. Chocolaty oak blends with ripe berr
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In This Issue: Where Do We Go From Here?
No doubt, 2020 has been a year of challenges, of change and of mostly unnavigated waters for not only the wine industry, but the world at large. In this, our Best of Year issue, we look to the future, with aspirations and hopes for a brighter tomorro
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