• Your Cheat Sheet to the Upcoming Supreme Court Decision on Wine

    Next Monday, June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down an opinion on Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Zackary Blair et al, potentially the biggest case involving wine since Granholm v. Heald in 2005, which struck down bans against out-of-state direct shipping by wineries. The case at hand deals with the constitutionality of Tennessee's residency requirement for alcohol retailers, but some are hoping for—or dreading—a broad ruling with larger conseque
  • The Famed Pastis Reopens its Doors in New York's Meatpacking District

    Earlier this month saw the opening of the long-awaited revival of restaurateur Keith McNally's Pastis, a New York institution in the Meatpacking District that closed five years ago. McNally, who opened the original Pastis in 1999, teamed with Stephen Starr, the founder and CEO of Starr Restaurants, which has 16 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida and D.C.The new Pastis, located a few doors down from its original location on Gansevoort Street, has kept its o
  • Cheval-Blanc and Figeac Finish: 2018 Bordeaux Wine Futures Prices and Analysis

    This story was updated on June 18, 2019.The 2018 futures campaign is winding down, with top estates Cheval-Blanc, Figeac and Vieux Château Certan all releasing in recent days. All three estates raised prices this year. But while they're higher than the 2017s, Cheval-Blanc and Vieux Château Certan's prices are comparable to the high-quality 2016 and 2015 vintages. By contrast, Figeac opted to aim higher.The current strong dollar compared to the euro is also making prices attractive at
  • Exclusive: St.-Cosme’s Louis Barruol Purchases Vinsobres Estate in Southern Rhône

    Louis Barruol, owner and vigneron of Château de St.-Cosme in France's Gigondas appellation, has purchased the Château de Rouanne estate in neighboring Vinsobres. The historic estate totals 177 acres, including 153 acres of vines, along with a cellar and buildings dating to the early 19th century. The property borders domaines Chaume-Arnaud, Jaume and Coriançon. The purchase price was not disclosed."It reminds me a lot of St.-Cosme when I took over in 1992," Barruol told Wine S
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  • Picnic wine recommendations for the summer

    Scroll down to see our picnic wines for summer
    So, the sun is shining and your thoughts are turning to sitting outside in a park or on the beach with a picnic. As well as packing some lovely food (recipe ideas below), it makes sense to pack a bottle or two of wine.
    But the question is, which wines should you take? We’ve rounded up some ideal picnic wines, rated by our expertsPicnic wine essentials:A corkscrew. It sounds obvious, but without one you’ll be left resorting to that
  • Probe into Bordeaux wine labels causes concern

    Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux.
    Officials from the regional office dealing with fraud and consumer protection, Direccte, have been investigating whether some Bordeaux wine labels mislead consumers by using the ‘brand name’ of a château when the wine inside the bottle has not been produced solely by that estate or the grapes come from beyond its borders.
    There has been a particular focus on wines that use the prefix ‘Bordeaux de’ plus the name of a specific châ
  • Legendary German Wine Importer's Personal Collection to Hit Auction Block

    When the auction house Acker Merrall & Condit announced the selection for its next sale in New York City, the news echoed like wind through a cove: Legendary wine importer Rudi Wiest is selling his personal wine collection. Wiest has specialized in importing the finest German wines since 1978, and has been highly influential in rebuilding his homeland’s wine reputation.Wiest was born in 1936 in Illertissen, Germany, and was educated as an engineer and mathematician. He moved to the U.S
  • Memorial service pays tribute to Gerard Basset OBE MW MS

    Tributes pour in for Gerard Basset, OBE MW MS MBA MSc: 7 March 1957 to 16 January 2019. The moving ceremony was a gathering of the international wine trade, in memory and celebration of Gerard’s extraordinary life and achievements.
    Six hundred people filled the Cathedral in the city where Gerard and Robin Hutson created their first Hotel du Vin. Family, friends and colleagues came from near and far to pay their respects to Gerard who died aged 61 in January of cancer of the oesophagus.
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  • Best Bordeaux hotels for wine lovers

    Château Lafaurie Peyraguey.Bordeaux continues its evolution from wine tourism laggard to excellent performer, with the range of accommodation options and activities expanding all the time. In the town centre alone, three new hotels will open this year. Two are at the luxury end: Villas Foch and Hotel Zoologie; while Eklo will offer affordable, eco-friendly rooms.
    In the vineyards, luxury, family-run and other options are all increasing in number. You can expect anything from personal cooks
  • Top Bordeaux wine lists in London

    Cabotte restaurant, LondonThere are a number of restaurants and wine bars around the world where the Bordeaux selection on the wine list should more than satisfy the Bordeaux-philes among you – even those who can’t afford the top crus classés.
    Many of the best Bordeaux lists can be found in the UK; clearly old drinking habits die hard.
    In London, one enduring favourite is Chez Bruce, whose excellent globe-trotting list always features a small selection of whites –
  • Sauternes: A fresh debate

    My first Sauternes love was Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey 1983. I was so enamoured with its vibrancy and citrus and tropical fruit fragrance that I bought two cases for what today seems a very derisory price.
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  • Behind the wine label: 10 Bordeaux châteaux labels

    Château Angélus
    There are three churches in St-Emilion, and when the Angélus bell is rung, it’s said there is just one spot where all three calls to prayer can be heard. The Angélus rings at dawn, midday and sunset. So the label design was a no-brainer. Fortunately, it’s also a strong image that reinforces the identity of the wine. Since it’s unreasonable to expect visitors to stand respectfully in the vineyards at just the right moment, the châ