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Wine Spectator June 15, 2016

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/061516 to find links to all of the following resources.Reviews of the new vintage in Bordeaux, online (FLAVIO VALLENARI/GETTY IMAGES)Free resources for all our WineSpectator.com readers:PARTY PLANNING Organizing a luxurious treat for Mother’s Day? Hosting a barbecue bash on Memorial Day? We highlight delicious new recipes to try and point you to great wines for the occasion. Check out our seasonal features for pairing suggestions with well-priced, new-release wines recommend by our editors.UNFILTERED NEWSLETTER Sign up for our free, mobile-friendly e-mail on wine in pop culture. Get the latest on how wine intersects with the worlds of film, TV, music, sports and more.GRAND TOUR This spring Wine Spectator hit the road with more than 240 of the world’s finest wineries, making stops in New York, Washington, D.C., and Las…

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exploring sonoma

(DAVID YELLEN)Anyone who wants to understand California wine should spend time exploring Sonoma County. And any wine lover who wants to explore Sonoma County will have a more fruitful experience using our insider’s guide, this issue’s cover story.Sonoma’s dynamic wine industry comprises 17 appellations, ranging from the warm Alexander Valley, adjacent to Napa Valley, to the rugged Sonoma Coast, cooled by the Pacific Ocean. This diversity of geography and climate allows Sonoma to produce a cornucopia of distinctive wines. In 2015, we reviewed nearly 1,200 wines from the county, ranging in price from $12 to nearly $400 (Vérité La Joie Sonoma County 2012, 91 points) and reaching 97 points, or classic, on our 100-point scale (Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Point Rouge 2012, $185).While Sonoma offers everything from crisp sparkling…

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A Few (More) Thoughts on Blind TastingThe two letters printed below represent mail we received in response to senior editor James Molesworth’s recent column “How Important Is Blind Tasting to You?” (April 30).As somebody who tastes wines blind on a regular basis, I am in complete agreement with Mr. Molesworth’s article. Not knowing what is inside the glass does help to “remove the most powerful sources of bias and give each wine an equal opportunity to show its best.”The concern I have with this methodology is that the facts that are permitted (vintage, appellation, varietal) can be enough to bias one’s opinions. If you were to tell a group of tasters that they are blind-tasting Napa Cabernet from the 2011 vintage, negative connotations are likely to arise from the region’s…

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court dismisses arsenic lawsuit

For more than a year, some of California’s biggest wine producers stood accused of exposing consumers to excessive levels of arsenic in 83 wine brands. In late March, a judge in California’s Superior Court in Los Angeles dismissed the case.The plantiffs’ lawyers are considering an appeal. For the accused wineries and the California wine industry, the ruling brought relief, but also concern that the claim their wines are unsafe will linger in consumers’ minds for years to come. “The well-being of our consumers has always been our top priority,” Megghen Driscol, a representative for defendant Treasury Wine Estates, told Wine Spectator. “We are delighted that the Los Angeles Superior Court has confirmed that the plaintiffs’ claims of ‘failure to warn of trace levels of arsenic in wine’ have no legal…

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climate change has altered french wine harvests

French vineyard workers are harvesting grapes earlier in recent years. (MICHEL JOLY)After looking at more than 400 years of harvest and climate data from France and Switzerland, a team of researchers from Harvard University and NASA have concluded that warmer temperatures have pushed wine grape harvests in those countries more than 10 days earlier in recent years than in the period from 1600 to 1980—regardless of whether the growing seasons saw damp conditions or drought.“It’s evidence we have fundamentally shifted the climate system,” said study co-author Elizabeth Wolkovich, assistant professor of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard. “It used to be that these early harvests happened in dry, hot years.” The shift has winemakers concerned for the future.In dry soils, less moisture evaporates to cool the surface; a drought, in…

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battle over gmo labeling goes national

Tom Colicchio (MATT FURMAN)More than 4,000 chefs, led by Tom Colicchio, are celebrating after suc-cessfully lobbying Congress to reject a bill that would have prevented states from mandating labels on packaged foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Their victory clears the way for Vermont to begin requiring labels in July and could have national repercussions.The bill was titled the Safe and Accurate Food La-beling Act of 2015 (SAFE), and it would have created national standards for voluntary labels, but opponents dubbed it the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act (DARK) because it would have prevented states from mandating labels. Although it was passed by the House of Representatives, it faltered in the Senate.Large food producers have battled efforts to man-date GMO labels, spending big on advertising and lob-bying campaigns…