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Wine Spectator December 15, 2015

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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The story of Pol Roger’s cuvée Sir Winston Churchill, online (KEYSTONE/GETTY IMAGES)Visit www.winespectator.com/121515 to find links to all of the following resources.Free resources for all our WineSpectator.com readers:TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 9, we’ll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2014—with videos, tasting notes and more— culminating with the Wine of the Year on Nov. 13 and the complete Top 100 list on Nov. 16. Enter our free Top 100 sweepstakes to win two tickets to the 2016 Wine Experience in New York, where you’ll taste this year’s Top 10 winners! Don’t miss out on this exciting event.LETTER FROM EUROPE Contributing editor Robert Camuto is living a wine lover’s dream, traveling through southern France, along Italy’s coasts and mountain ranges and into sleepy Spanish villages. Along the way, he…

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sparkling stars

(DAVID YELLEN)Sparkling wine sales are surging in the United States. Last year marked the sixth consecutive annual increase, according to Impact, a sister publication of Wine Spectator, and our nation is on track to drink more than 17 million cases in 2015. That’s a lot of bubbles.While the most rapid growth has come from Italy’s Prosecco category, Champagne has also seen sales rise. Americans consumed 1.3 million cases of France’s premium bubbly in 2014. And traditionally, this time of year is Champagne’s moment to shine.If you’re going to splurge on Champagne for your holiday festivities, don’t miss senior editor Alison Napjus’ tasting report, beginning on page 71: Napjus, our lead taster on European sparkling wines, has reviewed more than 400 Champagnes, representing 138 wineries and including almost 20 new producers.The…

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OFF THE GRIDReaders respond to Matt Kramer’s classification of “Under the Radar” wines (“The World’s Largest Category of Fine Wines?” online, Oct. 6). Kramer says UTR wines come from unsung zones within successful regions, are made by producers who are not yet stars and would be recommended by other vintners in the area.I will go to the Finger Lakes: Heart & Hands for stunning Pinot Noir, Hermann J. Wiemer for Riesling, and Ravines and Damiani for just about any wine they make.Jeremy Matouk Port of Spain, Trinidad[On our annual visit] to Napa/Sonoma we try to find outstanding “off-the-beaten-path wineries” (our definition of UTR). In 2008, we visited Benovia in Santa Rosa; if you enjoy Chardonnays and Pinots in a Burgundian style, this will be right up your alley. [Another] is…

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airline wine service learns to fly

A Delta attendant prepares wine for in-flight service. (COURTESY OF DELTA)Crammed into a plane seat, trapped between two strangers, the last thing a wine lover wants is an 187ml plastic bottle of nondescript plonk. Thankfully, airlines are starting to see the benefits of building better wine programs. With the help of wine industry veterans, they’re stocking better wines and training their staff to know the difference between Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.Despite a flurry of mergers, competition remains strong in the airline industry, and most carriers have already trimmed costs. They need something to lure frequent fliers. “They’re travelers, they’re foodies, they’re traveling more and more and are very wine-savvy,” says Ken Chase, a wine consultant for American Airlines.For premium-cabin fliers, schedule is the top consideration, but after that, customer…

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Customers Sue California RetailerThe Premier Cru storefront in Berkeley, Calif. (TIM PINAULT)Berkeley, Calif., retailer Premier Cru is known for offering fantastic prices on highly desirable wines. But the firm has also developed a reputation among some collectors for being slow in delivering those wines. Now two disgruntled customers have filed lawsuits accusing Premier Cru of failing to deliver wines several years after they had been paid for.The store’s co-proprietor, John Fox, declined to respond to the allegations but acknowledged past misunderstandings with customers. Referring to one of the plaintiff’s complaints, Fox said, “If he’s amenable to receiving wine and a refund, that’s how we want to settle.”Dr. Shirlin Wong, the owner of a chiropractic clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area, ordered “hundreds of bottles” between 2003 and 2013. According…

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The Top of TokyoWebsitewww.ritzcarlton.com/tokyoA view of Tokyo Tower from the Ritz-Carlton TokyoThe Ritz-Carlton Tokyo is sitting pretty after a refurbishment that offers an expanded list of luxury playthings. The hotel, located in the top nine and the bottom three floors of the city’s tallest building, the Midtown Tower, in the fashionable Roppongi district, now offers 245 guest rooms, an updated spa and a sleeker interior design. The new Club Lounge boasts four distinct spaces—a reception area, garden terrace, dining room and library lounge.For the ultimate omotenashi—spirit of hospitality—guests can try the new Elevated Luxury Package, which begins at $2,432 a night and includes a stay in one of the new rooms (where shades of gray, purple and red blend with mythical Japanese flowers and bamboo designs), exclusive access to the…