Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator

August 31, 2021

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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3 min
sonoma’s sebastiani and clos du bois wineries shuttered

Two long-established Sonoma County wineries lost their homes in May as the parent companies of Sebastiani and Clos du Bois laid off workers and shifted production to other facilities. The brands will continue, but the wines will be made elsewhere. In the case of Sebastiani, this marks the end of an era. The winery, located a mile east of Sonoma Plaza, has produced wine continuously since 1904, surviving even Prohibition and the Great Depression. Foley Family Wines bought the winery from the Sebastiani family in 2008. About 30 winemaking and production employees have been let go. Sebastiani’s tasting room and administrative offices at the site will remain open for now. E. & J. Gallo, which acquired Clos du Bois from Constellation in a $1.7 billion deal in January, laid off 36 employees,…

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marcello’s la sirena

This September, Marcello’s La Sirena, a Grand Award winner since 2015, will open its doors in West Palm Beach to begin its 36th year of service. Co-owner Marcello Fiorentino has never felt so grateful. He feels especially happy that he and his wife, co-owner Diane, were able to keep nearly all of their staff members employed throughout the pandemic. He’s also grateful to his customers, many of whom have been loyal patrons and cheerleaders of his small restaurant for years, if not decades. La Sirena occupies a unique place in the restaurant world. The one dining room holds just 60 seats—and looks even smaller. Diane runs the front of the house, while Marcello runs the kitchen and wine program, just as he has done for the past 25 years. Despite its tiny…

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mastro’s steakhouse

With dining rooms closed and bills piling up, many restaurants were forced to treat their wine cellars as a piggy bank. States around the country allowed restaurants to sell wine with takeout orders. Auctioneers came calling, too. And an impressive wine list is no use to a bankrupt business. With 30,000 bottles, including plenty of rarities, Grand Award–winning Mastro’s Steakhouse at the Post Oak in Houston had a big piggy. But Tilman Fertitta, the owner of Mastro’s, along with more than 600 restaurants, hotels and casinos around the country, wasn’t prepared to make that withdrawal. Keith Goldston, who helps oversee fine wine programs for the company, recalls the day he spotted Fertitta driving through the parking lot of his corporate headquarters in Houston. “Tilman pulled over,” remembers Goldston, “rolls down his window…

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about the buying guide

This Buying Guide contains ratings of new releases from around the world. Complete tasting notes are provided for new releases scoring 85 or more points (on the Wine Spectator 100-point scale, explained below); notes for wines scoring 84 points or less are included at the discretion of the taster. Hundreds of additional reviews appear each month on our website, www.winespectator.com. Each review carries the initials of the Wine Spectator editor who blind-tasted and scored the wine and wrote the review, based on the regional specializations indicated below. Kim Marcus California Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir, Argentina, Chile Bruce Sanderson Burgundy, Piedmont, Tuscany, Germany, Austria James Molesworth California Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Rhône Valley, Port MaryAnn Worobiec California Sauvignon Blanc and other whites, Australia, New Zealand Alison Napjus Italy, Champagne, Alsace, South Africa Tim Fish California Zinfandel and other…

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george clooney buys provence wine estate … or does he?

Here and in France, rumors are running wild over George and Amal Clooney’s supposed acquisition of the sprawling Domaine du Canadel wine estate in the Provence town of Brignoles. The Clooneys bought the estate from Richard and Diana Wiesener, an Australian couple living in Monaco. Or, at least they thought they did… The beautiful 425-acre estate, located in the Var, was listed with an asking price of ¤7 million (US$9.65 million), but has languished on the market for some time, waiting for the right buyers. The 18th century mansion has been exquisitely renovated: There is a pool, tennis court, boules pitch, formal gardens, ornamental lake, olive grove and a 25-acre vineyard. The estate is a half-hour drive from Château Miraval, co-owned by ex-couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Twenty minutes away…

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“better for you” wines

Heidi Scheid enjoys a glass of wine every night. “Wine is the perfect way to segue from a busy schedule to a relaxed evening,” says Scheid, executive vice president of Scheid Family Wines in Monterey, Calif. “But I also like to get up early, exercise, and get a lot accomplished.” Scheid created the brand Sunny With a Chance of Flowers, which joins the growing ranks of wines marketing themselves as “Better for You” (BFY). There’s no legal definition of wines in this category, but they’re generally lower in alcohol, sugar and calories and stress sustainability in production and/or transparency in ingredient labeling. In the case of Sunny With a Chance of Flowers, the wine is touted as sustainably grown, with no added sugar, 85 calories per 5-ounce glass and 9% alcohol. What…