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Wine Spectator June 30, 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/063016 to find links to all of the following resources.Spring entertaining, onlineFree resources for all our WineSpectator.com readers:WINE SPECTATOR’S 10TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTESTShare your wine story and win great prizes! Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator’s annual Video Contest and you could attend our spectacular Wine Experience weekend or a Grand Tour tasting. Entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 5. Check out the rules and previous years’ finalists online at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2016.OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING It’s time to take your party to the backyard, beach or park, and some of the country’s best chefs are here to help. We’ll share their cooking tips and delicious make-at-home summer recipes while our editors pick out some great-value wine matches for your meal.WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on…

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bordeaux reborn

(DAVID YELLEN)In many ways, it seems that Bordeaux never changes. Its vineyards have flourished for centuries; the 1855 Classification, the historic ranking of the region’s top châteaus, remains firmly in place.In important ways, however, Bordeaux is always changing. Driven by pride and competition, fueled by the deep pockets of wealthy owners, the châteaus are constantly seeking any advantage, through improvements in the vineyards and investments in the wineries.The new millennium has been tough on Bordeaux: A number of poor vintages, a global economic crash, and issues with counterfeiting have all shaken its wine industry. But despite these obstacles, the region continues to move forward, and its progress is on full display with the very promising 2015 vintage.Our cover story this issue looks at this new Bordeaux. Senior editor James Molesworth,…

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screw it up

What were the primary wine closure trends in California in 2015? Readers respond as James Laube examines a record-low number of cork-tainted bottles in blind tastings in Wine Spectator ’s Napa office (“2015 Closure Trends From California,” online, Feb. 3).natural cork (BILL MILNE)synthetic corkscrewcapI suspect much of the decline also has to do with the widespread use of Diam cork and Nomacorc closures ... both of which, in my experience, are virtually TCA-free. Having trialed closures over a variety of bottlings over the years, I am confident saying no one closure suits all wines. The winemaker needs to take many factors into account when bottling under a particular closure. We have found vast differences between closures when used on the same bottling run. Unfortunately it’s an imperfect science, more gut…

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constellation buys the prisoner wine co.

Bill Newlands, president of Constellation’s wine and spirits divisionConstellation Brands, one of the world’s largest wine companies, is investing big in California red blends, buying the brands of The Prisoner Wine Company from Huneeus Vintners in April. The sale, priced at approximately $285 million, includes just the brands: superstar blend The Prisoner, as well as Saldo, Cuttings, Blindfold and Thorn.“More than ever, consumers are seeking high quality, distinctive wines, and the portfolio we are acquiring from The Prisoner Wine Company delivers,” said Bill Newlands, president of Constellation’s wine and spirits division. “Our goal is to be a leader in the U.S. wine market and to continue to premiumize our portfolio. We continually look for opportunities to strengthen our position within this portion of the industry.”Launched by Orin Swift founder Dave…

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in memoriam

Louis LatourBurgundy TrailblazerLouis Latour, who ran Burgundy wine company Maison Louis Latour from 1958 to 1998, died April 5 of heart failure. He was 83.“He had a good life,” said his son Louis-Fabrice, current president of the business. “He was one of the grands Monsieurs of Burgundy. We are what we are today because of him.”Latour took the helm of the family company during challenging times. Maison Latour had lost significant markets for its wines during a period of two world wars, American Prohibition, the Great Depression and issues over family succession.Undaunted, he rebuilt the business by being nimble. In the early years, he focused on the domaine and its 185 acres. When some family members left the firm a decade later and took roughly onethird of the vineyards with…

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veni, vidi … vino!

For four days every spring, Verona becomes the center of the wine world. Vinitaly, one of the principal global wine fairs, takes over this beautiful, ancient city on the Adige River and turns it into a nonstop spectacle, a trade show and business conference that morphs into a very large, very Italian party.This year, Vinitaly, celebrating its 50th edition, drew 130,000 wine professionals (equivalent to half the city’s population) from 140 countries to the fairgrounds, according to event organizers. The ambience carried over to the historic town center, where piazzas filled for public tastings, ornate palazzos hosted elegant wine soirees, packed restaurants served prized bottles, and wine-bar crowds spilled onto the cobblestone streets. OperaWine, produced by Wine Spectator in partnership with Vinitaly, drew 1,600 invited guests for its fifth anniversary…