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Wine Spectator December 31, 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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Visit www.winespectator.com/123115 to find links to all the following resources.Wine Spectator’s video library, online (HOBERMAN/UNIVERSAL IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)Free resources for all our WineSpectator.com readers: TOP 100 WINES OF 2015 Watch Wine Spectator’s senior edi-tors discuss this year’s Top 10 wines and how they were selected in a video series. And don’t forget to enter Wine Spectator’ free Top 100 sweepstakes through Dec. 15, and you might win a chance to taste this year’s Top 10 wines at the 2016 Wine Experience!PARTY PLANNING Need help with your holiday entertaining? We’ve got you covered. We’ve called on top chefs to share some favorite dishes, while Wine Spectator editors recom-mend great new gifts and wallet-friendly wines.HARVEST REPORTS Get an early look at expected quality for 2015 in key regions in the Northern Hemisphere.WINE SPECTATOR…

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milestones and benchmarks

More than 1,000 wine lovers attended each of the Wine Experience seminars. (SHANNON STURGIS)Two important numbers mark this issue’s high-lights: the 35th anniversary of the Wine Experi-ence and our Top 100 wines of 2015. The Wine Experience sold out this year, draw-ing nearly 6,000 wine lovers and vintners to New York, and for good reason: It presented perhaps the strongest lineup of wines, seminars and speakers in the event’s history. (For photographs and highlights, turn to page 126.)At the Grand Tastings, 267 wineries from 17 countries poured their top wines, all of which had earned ratings of 90 points or higher on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale.During the seminars, luminaries including France’s Baron Eric de Rothschild and Philippe Sereys de Rothschild, Italy’s Angelo Gaja and California’s William Harlan poured wines…

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wine shipping update

Readers respond as WineSpectator.com’s Robert Taylor cuts through the confusion of wine shipping laws in the 50 states (“U.S. Wine Shipping Laws, State by State,” online, updated September 2015). Taylor, who has followed this topic closely for years, reports that while winery direct-to-consumer shipping laws continue to ease across America, with only eight states still prohibiting winery direct shipping, retailer shipping laws are more prohibitive than ever.As a resident of Alabama, I frequently am told that you cannot ship wine here. This is wrong. You simply order the wine you want and have it shipped to a local ABC store. You then have to pay the tax of 30 cents per bottle. I am not aware that any per-mission is needed and I have had no problem in receiving wine…

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fears over vine pesticides roil france

Greenpeace activists protest pesticide use in front of French agricultural co-op Invivo’s Paris headquarters. (THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)A helicopter sprays Burgundy vines with pesticides. (MICK ROCK/CEPHAS) A report by French health agencies has found an unexpectedly high number of cancer cases in children in a Bordeaux village, rais-ing questions about pesticide use by grape-growers. But the investigation did not recommend action and was released quietly, leading locals to ask whether public officials are ignoring a serious health problem. Wine industry members insist they are not to blame.The investigation has surfaced at a time when pesticide use by farmers has become a controversial topic in France. The daughter of a winemaker from Entre-Deux-Mers filed a motion for legal action this summer, calling her father’s death from lung cancer “involuntary homicide.” He had…

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report details fake wine in china

Chinese police destroy confiscated counterfeit wines in the Guangxi Zhuang region. China’s thriving counterfeit wine market has pushed trade experts at the French For-eign Trade Advisory Board to leak a controversial report on fake wines in the Asian nation, despite opposition by French government officials. The report details the depth of the problem, showing that counterfeit wine is a sizable underground industry.The Comité National des Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France (CNCCEF) is a public organization of trade advisers from various industries. China is not the only source of coun-terfeit wines, but the country’s rapid growth as a wine market and loose intellectual property laws have made it fertile ground for fakes.Sources tell Wine Spectator that the group’s report was suppressed for two years by French politi-cal leaders, after…

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chanel buys napa valley’s st. supéry

St. Supéry, in Napa ValleyChanel, the global fashion firm owned by Alain and Gérard Wertheimer, is ex-panding to California wine, buying Napa Valley’s St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery from the Skalli family. The deal, sealed in October, includes the Ruther-ford winery and 500 acres of vineyards, split between two estates. The price was not disclosed, but one industry insider estimates the sale at between $80 mil-lion and $100 million.“[Founder] Robert Skalli has been looking for someone to continue the legacy,” said Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supéry, adding that it was Chanel’s inter-est in long-term growth that convinced Skalli to sell to the fashion house. “When you’re a winery in Napa, your focus has to be on long term and quality.”The Wertheimers are among France’s wealthiest people, with an…