Wine

Chef John Fraser, whose 701West holds Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, opened Iris April 21 in Midtown Manhattan. The restaurant offers Aegean-style dining, influenced by Turkish cuisine and Fraser’s Greek background, with an emphasis on plant-based dishes. “This restaurant is such a direct expression of my heritage and passion, as seen through the
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As vintners and scientists search for ways to increase the sustainability of farming and winemaking practices, some are looking to give grape pomace, or marc, new life. This oft-forgotten byproduct of winemaking accounts for thousands of tons of waste annually. Past research has suggested numerous alternative uses, however, from grapeseed oil to biofuel to beauty
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Fernando Buscema has been asking the same question for over a decade: Can terroir be measured? The Bodega Catena Zapata winemaker and director of the Catena Institute of Wine, an Argentine enology research program, hoped that answering it could raise the stakes for the wines of Argentina. A new study, published in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal in February
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New York’s storied Italian destination, Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Del Posto, has permanently closed. The news was announced April 12 by the restaurant’s executive chef, Melissa Rodriguez, and general manager, Jeff Katz. The duo also revealed that they’ve teamed up with chef James Kent to purchase the space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood from B
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The same cold front that damaged vine buds in an estimated 80 percent of French vineyards two weeks ago also struck Italy, leading Italian vintners report. Piedmont and Tuscany were unable to escape freezing temperatures over several nights. However, the damage was heterogeneous, depending on grape variety, elevation and how much the vines had grown
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Pio Boffa, leader of the Pio Cesare winery in Italy’s Piedmont, died this weekend after a two-week battle with COVID-19. He was 66. A fourth-generation winemaker, Boffa spent four decades converting Pio Cesare from an acclaimed négociant to a high-end estate winery with more than 173 vineyard acres in Barolo and Barbaresco. He was perhaps
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Unlike fine wines, eyesight doesn’t improve with age. Over the course of years, age-related visual impairment can be worsened by cataracts, which occur when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy. It can make things look blurry, hazy or less colorful, and surgery is often necessary. But a new study has found a link between low to
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Less than a week ago, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers escorted Rudy Kurniawan onto a commercial flight at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport to begin the final chapter of deportation proceedings. Just over 24 hours later, and after one layover, the convicted wine counterfeiter arrived in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, just outside Jakarta, Indonesia, according to
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Ponzi Vineyards, a pioneer of Oregon wine, has been acquired by the Bollinger family, owners of Champagne Bollinger. It’s Bollinger’s first winery purchase outside France. The sale price was not disclosed but the deal includes the 40,000-case winery and hospitality facilities in Willamette Valley and 35 acres of vineyards. The Ponzi family retains 100 acres
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When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the country a year ago, traditional wine auctions had to move their gavels fully online. For the past decade, houses such as Zachys and Christie’s had already been conducting partially online sales with most bids coming from absentee buyers. The pandemic forced them to develop more creative online
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Freezing temperatures during the early morning hours of April 6, 7 and 8 brought severe frosts to Burgundy vineyards, damaging Chardonnay and Pinot Noir buds from the Mâconnais to Chablis and setting up 2021 as a challenging vintage for the region. Growers scrambled to light candles in the vineyards in the hopes of raising the
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Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Press Restaurant in St. Helena, Calif., has a new wine director. After stints at renowned destinations including Grand Award winners Gary Danko and the French Laundry, Vincent Morrow will now oversee the list at the Napa restaurant, which claims the largest selection of Napa Valley wines in
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It was a sale that had all of St.-Emilion paying attention. After weeks of regulatory holdups, Josephine Duffau-Lagarrosse and Prisca Courtin-Clarins, representing her family, have acquired Château Beauséjour Héritiers Duffau-Lagarrosse, a Premier Grand Cru Classé, after the deal was approved by SAFER, the French land management agency, for €75 million (about $89 million). Duffau-Lagarrosse, a
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“I’ve been urging wineries to up their online game since 2000,” says industry analyst Rob McMillan, executive vice president of Silicon Valley Bank’s wine division. “It took a pandemic to make it happen.” By now, you have undoubtedly heard how the shutdowns that COVID-19 triggered across the nation last year upended the wine market. Restaurants
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Updated April 11 With a star-studded live auction featuring chef Guy Fieri, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy and others, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Wine Spectator’s Conscious Collection Auction raised more than $1.6 million for restaurant and bar workers who have been impacted by the pandemic. After days of online bidding, Zachy’s gaveled open
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“We didn’t make any red wines in 2020,” is a refrain echoed by many California winemakers these days. Perhaps no year has seen so many wine regions impacted by so many wildfires. Months after the fires ended, the impact is only just now coming into focus. What made 2020 so difficult was that it brought
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Updated: March 18, 3 p.m. Napa Valley’s Duckhorn Vineyards became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange today when it began offering 20 million shares of common stock at an initial asking price of $15 a share. It opened at $18.60 this morning. Its trading symbol is NAPA. Duckhorn’s IPO makes it the
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How do you plan when you don’t know? That’s what the nation’s top wine charity auctions are grappling with in an uncertain 2021. But experts are optimistic about the months ahead following a tough year of cancellations and postponements and new virtual strategies. Nationwide vaccinations are part of what’s driving that outlook. But while we
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One year after the COVID-19 pandemic began, the U.S. government has enacted the first federal aid targeted directly at one of the most heavily damaged American economic sectors: the restaurant industry. And it could help impacted wineries, as well. The American Rescue Plan (ARP), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden
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Chef Michael Mina and entrepreneur Brent Bolthouse opened Bungalow Kitchen on March 4 on the Belmont Shore in Long Beach, Calif. The full-service restaurant is an expanded take on Bolthouse’s Bungalow concept, a cocktail-focused lounge with small bites that has locations in Huntington Beach and Santa Monica. Bungalow Kitchen joins Mina’s nationwide group that includes
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Italian wine giant Antinori has purchased a majority stake in the historic Jermann winery, located in northeastern Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. The sales price was not disclosed. “Our family has always been involved, being based in Tuscany, in the production of mostly red wines—with the exception only of Umbria’s Castello della Sala,” Antinori president Piero Antinori
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