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Wine Spectator November 15, 2019

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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Visit WineSpectator.com/111519 to find links to all the following resources. FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us Oct. 17–19 for this year’s great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event will bring the world’s best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos. GLOSSARY OF WINE TERMS Unfamiliar with a word on a label or in a tasting note? Check our glossary. WINE CHALLENGE From the basics of tasting to trivia about your favorite grapes, regions and styles, test your knowledge of all things wine by taking our quizzes. Every two weeks, we post a new set of questions. WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our informative wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week…

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2016: a cabernet classic

If you love California Cabernet Sauvignon, then clear some space in your cellar for the 2016 vintage. Rating a classic 98 points on our 100-point scale, it’s a benchmark year of stunning wines that will drink well in their youth and develop gracefully for decades. Senior editor James Molesworth, our lead taster on the cate-gory, reviewed more than 300 2016s in official blind tastings during the past year and rated nearly 250 wines as outstanding or classic on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale. He also re-viewed almost 300 Cabernets from other vintages, where he found additional terrific bottles. (You’ll find tasting notes for the top Cabs beginning on page 60, and a complete list of scores and prices for all wines reviewed beginning on page 73.) Napa Valley, the epicenter of California…

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A Publication of M. Shanken Communications, Inc. MARVIN R. SHANKEN • Editor and Publisher EDITORIAL Thomas Matthews Executive Editor Senior Editors: JAMES LAUBE, KIM MARCUS, BRUCE SANDERSON, JAMES MOLESWORTH, DANA NIGRO, ALISON NAPJUS, MARYANN WOROBIEC, TIM FISH Managing Editor: CORDELIA WINTON Tasting Director: ALISON NAPJUS Assistant Managing Editor: KEITH NEWTON Features Editor: OWEN DUGAN News Editor: MITCH FRANK Associate Editor: GILLIAN SCIARETTA Assistant Editor: JULIE HARANS Copy Editors: BEN LASMAN, HILARY SIMS Editorial Assistant: SHAWN ZYLBERBERG Tasting Coordinator: AUGUSTUS WEED (Napa) Associate Tasting Coordinators: AARON ROMANO (Napa), ALEKS ZECEVIC, CASSIA SCHIFTER Assistant Tasting Coordinators: ESZTER BALOGH, NATALIE CROOKS Administrative Assistant: ELIZABETH REDMAYNE-TITLEY (Napa) Auction Correspondent: PETER D. MELTZER Contributing Editors: ROBERT CAMUTO, JACK BETTRIDGE (Spirits), SUZANNE MUSTACICH Emeritus: HARVEY STEIMAN DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Vice President, Production: KEVIN MULLIGAN Art Director: DAVID A. BAYER Associate Art Directors: LISA AURIGEMMA, TODD MILLER Assistant Art Director: DIANA WITKOWSKI…

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Perfect Petit My wife and I decided on a Sunday lunch at the Rye Street Tavern in Baltimore to find a pairing for a grilled mahi sandwich and a crab Cobb salad. I was drawn to the 2016 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng. Like most folks with a modest understanding of wine, I was intrigued. Although I’d heard of the varietal, I was not familiar with a single bottling. Very chuffed with my selection I spent the afternoon ferreting out more information about this grape. Fast forward one week and my wife hands me the Sept. 30 issue of Wine Spectator. There on the last page is none other than the very same 2016 Michael Shaps Petit Manseng, but this time paired with gnudi (A Perfect Match). It’s these chance connections that always…

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crusader winery unearthed in israel

When Salma Assaf found ancient rubble under her house in the Israeli town of Mi’ilya, she didn’t realize it would lead to a remarkable discovery in wine history. A team of archaeologists soon uncovered the largest-yet-found Crusader winery, possibly a hub of winemaking in the northern part of the Kingdom of Jerusalem during the 12th and 13th centuries. “Before this, we didn’t know almost anything about this kind of industrial agriculture,” said lead archaeologist Rabei Khamisy, of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa. “And now we just know more and more.” The two 129-square-foot treading floors Khamisy and his team unearthed are three times the size of the next-largest Crusader-era winery yet found. The excavation has also yielded a second, larger room in the complex dating to the Roman…

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florida opens door to out-of-state retailer shipping

As of Aug. 1, Florida residents can or-der and receive wine from out-of-state retailers through common carriers. That’s big news for consumers looking to order wine from beyond the borders of the Sunshine State. More than 540 million gallons of wine, beer and spirits were sold in Florida in 2018, according to Impact Databank, a sister publication of Wine Spectator. The third most populous state in the U.S. is now the most populous to allow direct-to-consumer retailer shipping from out of state. The Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) issued a ruling allowing the practice in response to Indiana retailer Kahn’s Fine Wine and Spirits, which filed a request for clarification on the regulation in May 2018. After appeals by several local wholesaler and distributor associations, the ABT released…

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