Wine Spectator February 28, 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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smart buys

Everyone enjoys getting a good buy, and in these times of economic turmoil, value is an ever more important consideration. At Wine Spectator, we are always excited to recommend wines that deliver high quality at an affordable price. Our blind-tasting methodology helps us find them: We review wines without knowing their producer or price, and frequently discover wines whose quality outperforms their cost. Our cover story this issue highlights great values in two categories: wines for the table and wines for the cellar. Wines for the table are those that are good to open tonight (though some can benefit from additional time in bottle). For these everyday pours, most of us seek a diversity of wines whose characters marry with the wide range of cuisines we have for dinner and that add the…

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Joy of Discovery I want to applaud Wine Spectator for its long-standing and ongoing commitment to featuring new and relatively unknown wines from less-traveled regions of the word. I have traveled all over, visiting wine regions, and discovering new wines from lesser-known appellations is one of the greatest joys of such trips. For example, on a trip to the Vaucluse region of France, home to the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, I discovered the often equally good but much less expensive wines from the villages of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Rasteau, Seguret and Sablet. I have had similar discoveries in Sicily, Puglia and the Dordogne, just to name a few. The Oct. 31 issue’s feature on the hidden gems of the Veneto region of Italy hit the “discovery” mark—and I appreciated the layout including an overview of…

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2020: a year of challenges

The past year brought a global pandemic, economic upheaval, devastating wildfires on America’s West Coast and political drama. But vines continued to blossom and grow grapes, and humanity harvested and made wine with that fruit, just as we have for more than 7,000 years. At a time when the world seemed to be spinning out of control, we paused to lift glasses to toast each other in moments of joy (albeit often on Zoom calls) and sipped it while reflecting on moments of sorrow. In the United States, wine sales by volume grew 2%, according to a recent report from industry analysts at IWSR. Sales of sparkling wine and rosé continued to boom, while red wine sales grew more slowly. Where we bought our wine changed a lot more. With restaurants…

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2021 vintage chart

Vintage charts provide a general indication of a region’s overall performance in a given year. This chart includes quality ratings and drinkability evaluations for most vintages that are currently available in retail stores and at restaurants and for selected older vintages. A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling. “NYR” means most of the wines of the vintage are yet to be released. More comprehensive vintage charts, including full descriptions of vintage character, accompany our annual tasting reports and are also available free at 100-Point Scale 95–100 Classic 90–94 Outstanding 85–89 Very Good 80–84 Good 75–79 Mediocre 50–74 Not Recommended…

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restaurants face new shutdowns

For restaurateurs in cities across the U.S., winter arrived early. At press time in December, after a trying year of pandemic shutdowns followed by a dance of takeout, outdoor service and limited indoor service, new shutdowns arrived as COVID-19 cases spike throughout the nation. “I was and am extremely concerned for our restaurant community,” said Rachael Lowe, beverage director at Spiaggia, Chicago’s famed Italian eatery. Local governments are reinstituting measures—including a halt on indoor dining—in an effort to help control the spread of the virus. Chicago banned indoor dining at the end of October and San Francisco followed suit Nov. 14. New shutdown rules went into effect for indoor dining at restaurants and bars in New York City, Los Angeles, Michigan and Oregon soon afterward. Restaurateurs that have survived the pandemic thus far…

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new series debut from the mind of a chef star david kinch

When American chef David Kinch was a young cook in France in the 1970s and ’80s, he was heavily influenced by the rigor, discipline and classical canon of French cuisine. In 2002, that dedication culminated in the opening of Manresa, his Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner in Los Gatos, Calif. In 2017, Kinch celebrated the restaurant’s 15th anniversary by closing Manresa for a month and taking his team to France to collaborate with three renowned kitchens, and it was all caught on film by French director Remi Anfosso. The result is A Chef’s Voyage, now available on Amazon Prime, Apple TV and iTunes. Kinch, who has an Emmy Award for his work on the PBS series The Mind of a Chef, says he was intrigued by how food…