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Wine Spectator December 31, 2020

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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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
M Shanken Communications
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15 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
some thoughts about tom

In the fall of 1987, I was visiting Paris and took a meeting with a young American freelance writer then living in Bordeaux, because I was looking to add a full-time person to Wine Spectator’s London office. I didn’t know him. But after we talked for about an hour, I thought he would be a good fit with our team. I made him an offer, and in January of 1988, Thomas Matthews became an associate editor of Wine Spectator. Fast-forward to 1999. I had moved most of the Wine Spectator staff to our headquarters in New York. In the heat of the dot-com boom, my managing editor at the time decided to work for an Internet company. I needed to find a replacement to run the publication. I was faced with a pivotal…

4 min.
vision in a bottle

Brother-sister writing team Shin and Yuko Kibayashi didn’t expect a graphic novel about wine to grab much of an audience. “At first, neither of us thought that this idea was going to work,” said Yuko, who sometimes uses the pen name Tadashi Agi together with Shin. “But wine was the ultimate favorite hobby that we both shared. So if a manga series that sprang out of our own hobby continued even for a year, it would’ve been fantastic.” That was in 2004. The Drops of God would run for 44 volumes over the following 10 years as more and more readers became enthralled by the story of Shizuku Kanzaki, a young beer salesman whose father, a world-famous wine critic, has died and left his priceless wine collection to either Shizuku or…

3 min.
women detail sexual abuse by master sommeliers

The chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers–Americas (CMS-A) stepped down in November and the group announced plans for an overhaul, including all new officers, following the suspension of 10 male Master Sommeliers and the resignation of another. All stand accused of sexually harassing women who were pursuing certification with the group. An independent investigator has been appointed to follow up on all allegations. “We agree that a reformed CMS-A is the only path forward to ensuring the organization’s existence and integrity, and to better protect the people who look to be educated,” wrote board vice chair Virginia Philip in a letter to all members. Philip will oversee the transition, temporarily taking over from chairman Devon Broglie, who resigned after numerous members called for his departure and shortly before allegations of…

1 min.
nba’s cj mccollum builds on his passion for pinot

In addition to being one of the NBA’s top shooting guards, Portland Trail Blazer CJ McCollum has been getting into the wine game on his home court in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In September, he released his first wine, McCollum Heritage 91 Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains 2018. He chatted about the project with senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec in a recent episode of “Straight Talk with Wine Spectator” on Instagram Live. McCollum gives his wife, Elise, credit for introducing him to wine when they were in college. One of his first tastes was a cheap Merlot that didn’t make a great first impression, but she continued to suggest new grapes, and he eventually developed a passion for Pinot Noir. After being drafted by the Blazers, McCollum took advantage of the proximity to Willamette Valley.…

4 min.
stop and taste the truffles

At the end of a distressing year, perhaps now’s an ideal time for indulging in a little truffle-cheese decadence. In the best of this special category, the heady earthy, garlicky, musky taste of the truffles plays a harmonious duet with the creamy, rich, sweet and tangy flavors of their foundation cheeses, wonderfully enhancing both partners. Truffles are culinary gold: Harvests fluctuate from year to year, and there have been instances of fakes. Fresh black ones retail for $30 to $90 per ounce; white truffles for around $200 an ounce. The good news is a little bit goes a long way. A typical recipe, per 100 pounds of cheese, calls for between 5 ounces and 14 ounces of truffle slivers augmented by roughly half a cup of white truffle–infused oil. After sourcing the…

5 min.
pop culture

Celebration has been a tough sell in 2020, but America’s sparkling wine producers are thinking positive in the final months of the year, always the peak season for bubbly. “We’re learning to pivot,” says Joy Sterling, CEO of Iron Horse Vineyards in Sonoma County. “You just have to be nimble. The independent retailers and high-end groceries have been a saving grace.” In this era of social distancing and sheltering in place, wine sales have been in flux. The good news is that retail sales for domestic sparkling wine are up 8.9% for the year ending Sept. 5, according to market research firm Nielsen. On-premise sales tell a different story. This is a crucial market for domestic producers, who enjoy robust sales via by-the-glass programs at restaurants and wine bars. “The on-premise business…