Wine Spectator November 30, 2019

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 to find links to all of the following resources. FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 11, we begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2019—complete with videos, tasting notes and more—culminating with the Wine of the Year on Nov. 15 and the complete Top 100 list on Nov. 18. Don’t miss the year’s most exciting wines! NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed at this year’s great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 17–19, brings the world’s best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos. WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Don’t miss these…

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jean-louis chave

Jean-Louis Chave has deep roots in France’s Rhône Valley. His family has been growing grapes in the region’s northern appellations of St.-Joseph and Her-mitage since 1481. Most people blessed or burdened with that much history would see two distinct paths forward: preservation or revolution. Both are gambles—do you threaten your patrimony with big changes, or risk stagnation in order to honor the past? Jean-Louis, however, has managed to thread the needle. And his balancing act has resulted in some of the finest and most sought-after Syrahs in the world. In many ways, Chave is deeply conservative. He has returned to a pre-industrial approach to grapegrowing, abandoning pesticides and other technology-based interventions to embrace biodynamics, which aims for natural responses to agricultural activity. His winemaking techniques, mostly learned from his father, would not be…

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fine dining does delivery

As food-and beverage-delivery mobile apps like Grubhub, DoorDash, Caviar and Uber Eats continue to grow in popularity, higher-end restaurants are grappling with how to bring food to customers’ homes. Even for spots that emphasize hospitality and in-person dining experiences, the to-go trend has been difficult to ignore. Once upon a time, if restaurants wanted to do carryout or delivery, they took the orders and dispatched drivers themselves. Now apps have taken over. According to a Gallup poll conducted last July, 84% of U.S. adults say they order delivery or takeout at least once a month. And according to mobile market data company App Annie, consumers ordered meals on mobile devices 130% more in 2018 than in 2016. During the same period, global downloads of the top five delivery apps increased 115%. “There’s…

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wine scam targets business elite

For well-heeled wine lovers, the dinners were tempting: dishes cooked by some of the world’s top chefs, matched with rare wines, in the company of business luminaries. Since 2013, the International Business & Wine Society (IB&WS) has offered members monthly dinners paired with lectures and chats with leading business minds. Now the organization’s founder, Omar Khan, stands accused of taking money from investors and wine retailers intended to fund the dinners and then pocketing it instead. On Sept. 3, 13 disgruntled clients filed a suit against Khan in New York state court, alleging fraud, misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and five other counts. They claim he owes them more than $8.3 million. Other lawsuits are pending against Khan. “I was a prosecutor for 11 years and have been a lawyer for 30 years and…

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florence reopens historic wine windows

Florence is famed for its charming hole-in-the-wall wine bars. But once upon a time, when you ordered a carafe, you got it through a literal hole in a wall. The city’s “wine windows” were foot-tall openings that enterprising Renaissance nobles—many of whom owned vineyards in the countryside—built into the street-facing walls of their palatial residences; hundreds remain, but as curiosities of a bygone time. Now, the Associazione Culturale Buchette del Vino is working to preserve them. The restaurant Babae has even started filling glasses for passersby through their buchette for a few hours each evening.…

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willamette valley’s rising appeal

Oregon is one of the most dynamic wine regions in the U.S. right now, and Willamette Valley, just south of Portland, is a growing wine-tourism destination. The heart of the appellation is around Newberg, Dundee, McMinnville and Salem. Restaurants and hotels are peppered along busy Route 99 West, while wineries are hidden on back roads—discovering them is part of the adventure. Here’s a taste of the region, including new (and renewed) venues. Where to Taste Résonance (, founded in 2013, is Maison Louis Jadot’s first venture outside Burgundy. While the initial vintages of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have been first-rate, the winery previously lacked a facility to welcome visitors. That changed in June 2019 when the company completed a hilltop tasting room at its Yamhill-Carlton AVA estate. Nestled in a forest, its…