Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

August 31, 2021

Wine Spectator rates over 15,000 wines per year, in every price range, to fit every occasion. Read about the world's great wineries and winemakers and visit restaurants with outstanding wine lists. Plus, each issue features delicious recipes and pairs them with the perfect wines.

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3 min.
sonoma’s sebastiani and clos du bois wineries shuttered

Two long-established Sonoma County wineries lost their homes in May as the parent companies of Sebastiani and Clos du Bois laid off workers and shifted production to other facilities. The brands will continue, but the wines will be made elsewhere. In the case of Sebastiani, this marks the end of an era. The winery, located a mile east of Sonoma Plaza, has produced wine continuously since 1904, surviving even Prohibition and the Great Depression. Foley Family Wines bought the winery from the Sebastiani family in 2008. About 30 winemaking and production employees have been let go. Sebastiani’s tasting room and administrative offices at the site will remain open for now. E. & J. Gallo, which acquired Clos du Bois from Constellation in a $1.7 billion deal in January, laid off 36 employees,…

3 min.
marcello’s la sirena

This September, Marcello’s La Sirena, a Grand Award winner since 2015, will open its doors in West Palm Beach to begin its 36th year of service. Co-owner Marcello Fiorentino has never felt so grateful. He feels especially happy that he and his wife, co-owner Diane, were able to keep nearly all of their staff members employed throughout the pandemic. He’s also grateful to his customers, many of whom have been loyal patrons and cheerleaders of his small restaurant for years, if not decades. La Sirena occupies a unique place in the restaurant world. The one dining room holds just 60 seats—and looks even smaller. Diane runs the front of the house, while Marcello runs the kitchen and wine program, just as he has done for the past 25 years. Despite its tiny…

3 min.
mastro’s steakhouse

With dining rooms closed and bills piling up, many restaurants were forced to treat their wine cellars as a piggy bank. States around the country allowed restaurants to sell wine with takeout orders. Auctioneers came calling, too. And an impressive wine list is no use to a bankrupt business. With 30,000 bottles, including plenty of rarities, Grand Award–winning Mastro’s Steakhouse at the Post Oak in Houston had a big piggy. But Tilman Fertitta, the owner of Mastro’s, along with more than 600 restaurants, hotels and casinos around the country, wasn’t prepared to make that withdrawal. Keith Goldston, who helps oversee fine wine programs for the company, recalls the day he spotted Fertitta driving through the parking lot of his corporate headquarters in Houston. “Tilman pulled over,” remembers Goldston, “rolls down his window…

3 min.
about the buying guide

This Buying Guide contains ratings of new releases from around the world. Complete tasting notes are provided for new releases scoring 85 or more points (on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, explained below); notes for wines scoring 84 points or less are included at the discretion of the taster. Hundreds of additional reviews appear each month on our website, Each review carries the initials of the Wine Spectator editor who blind-tasted and scored the wine and wrote the review, based on the regional specializations indicated below. Kim Marcus California Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir, Argentina, Chile Bruce Sanderson Burgundy, Piedmont, Tuscany, Germany, Austria James Molesworth California Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Rhône Valley, Port MaryAnn Worobiec California Sauvignon Blanc and other whites, Australia, New Zealand Alison Napjus Italy, Champagne, Alsace, South Africa Tim Fish California Zinfandel and other…

4 min.

History is everywhere at Brennan’s. Walk past the pink facade at 417 Royal Street, through the Champagne and Sazerac-fueled bar, the garden dining room that has served thousands of plates of Eggs Sardou and Bananas Foster, and you’ll find the restaurant’s wine cellar. The small brick building was the carriage house when this was a classic French Quarter home. Lining the wall of the rickety old wooden staircase to the second floor are gleaming plaques—Wine Spectator Grand Awards the restaurant won from 1983 to 2005. In the fall of 2005, though, this wine cellar was empty, its heart torn out. The thousands of bottles of wine the restaurant had acquired over decades had been ruined after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures knocked out power, cooking the wine as it lay…

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grand awards fondly remembered

Running a restaurant is difficult, even more so when its owners and staff commit precious resources to a top-class wine program. Yet great restaurants are almost always passionate about wine. Since 1981, Wine Spectator has recognized thousands of restaurants for their wine programs. At the pinnacle is our Grand Award, honoring cellars of exceptional breadth and depth, presented with pitch-perfect service. Led by devoted restaurateurs, chefs and sommeliers, these restaurants are benchmarks in their industry. But unfortunately, even Grand Award-winning restaurants do not live eternal. In the words of Piero Selvaggio, whose Valentino in Los Angeles held a Grand Award for more than 30 years: “The restaurant business is the art of surviving. Every day and every season and every year.” Profiled here (in chronological order) are notable Grand Award-winning restaurants whose…