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Wine Spectator August 31, 2017

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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Free resources for all our readers:THE WORLD’S BEST WINE LISTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPSWine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards app will help you find restaurants with the world’s leading wine lists. Every dining destination in this app—covering all 50 U.S. states and 75+ countries—has earned a Wine Spectator Restaurant Award for its ded-ication to wine. The app will allow you to search through nearly 3,600 award winners to help you find the ultimate wine experience.RESTAURANTS.WINESPECTATOR.COM Have you visited our Restaurant Awards site? Our free online Restaurant Search has been upgraded so you can easily find the 2017 award winners, with maps. Or look for the perfect dining spot in any lo-cation by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Plus, find all our great dining articles in one convenient loca-tion: restaurant guides,…

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the value of an award

(DAVID YELLEN)The world is overflowing with awards. Journalists hope for Pulitzers; film ac-tors hope for Oscars; chefs hope for Michelin stars. How much do these accolades really mean?To be truly meaningful, an award must serve two functions. First, it must certify a significant achieve-ment. Second, it must create real impact for the winner. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards satisfy both criteria.Daniel Boulud is a world-renowned chef and leads a group that runs many successful restaurants. Among them are six Wine Spectator Restaurant Award win-ners, including his flagship, Restaurant Daniel in New York City, which holds a Grand Award.“Our association with Wine Spectator has been in-credible, and we wear it as a badge of honor,” Bou-lud told us. “Wine lovers from all over the world know that when they come to New…

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grand award winners of 2017

UNITED STATESCALIFORNIAAcquerelloGrand Award since 2012AddisonGrand Award since 2009CapoGrand Award since 2015The French LaundryGrand Award since 2007La ToqueGrand Award since 2014Murray CircleGrand Award since 2016PatinaGrand Award since 1994Plumed HorseGrand Award since 2015Restaurant Gary DankoGrand Award since 2001The Restaurant at MeadowoodGrand Award since 2016Restaurant 301 at the Hotel CarterGrand Award since 1998RN74Grand Award since 2010SaisonGrand Award since 2014Sierra MarGrand Award since 2012Spago Beverly HillsGrand Award since 2010SpruceGrand Award since 2015The StonehouseGrand Award since 2014StudioGrand Award since 2014ValentinoGrand Award since 1981The Village PubGrand Award since 2013Wally’s Beverly HillsGrand Award since 2017COLORADOElement 47Grand Award since 1997Flagstaff House RestaurantGrand Award since 1983FLORIDABern’s Steak HouseGrand Award since 1981Bleu ProvenceGrand Award since 2015HMFGrand Award since 1981Marcello’s La SirenaGrand Award since 2015ILLINOISTruGrand Award since 2004LOUISIANACommander’s PalaceGrand Award since 2012Emeril’s New OrleansGrand Award since 1999MASSACHUSETTSBlantyreGrand Award since 2009Grill 23…

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time will tell

The past 20 years have pro-duced, among other features, a readily available, broad se-lection of inexpensive wines that are consistently of very good quality. That did not ex-ist prior to that time. Austra-lia, South America and South Africa have changed wine-consumption patterns forever. Perhaps Spain and Portugal, with their relatively unknown high quality red wines, will join the movement as well. Millennials will determine the patterns, but they will have a much better selection and will, over time, demand the high quality wines we older folks have come to cherish.Peter VangsnessEast Longmeadow, Mass.Happily, households’ food consumption and lifestyle habits are so varied now that I expect that enough up-and-coming appellations (if not specific bottlings) will sustain market share in particular re-gions/markets, contingent on demographics and access to different foods. For…

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wine takes spotlight in two new films

Filming Priorat, released in the United States as Dreaming of WineAlec Baldwin and Diane Lane in Paris Can WaitThis summer, two new films are using wine and food to frame scenes of passion and drama—one a light-hearted feature directed by award-winning documen-tarian and Hollywood dynasty matriarch Eleanor Coppola, and the other a documentary on the strik-ing rise of Spain’s Priorat region.Loosely based on a journey that Coppola herself once took, Paris Can Wait stars Diane Lane as Anne, an American who travels to Cannes for a romantic getaway with her movie mo-gul husband, played by Alec Baldwin, only to have it derailed by his work. The dashing Jacques (Arnaud Viard) offers her a ride to Paris. But while Anne expects to be in the City of Light by nightfall, the…

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jackson family buys california pinot star brewer-clifton

Founder Greg Brewer pours in the Brewer-Clifton tasting room. (TOP LEFT: ANDREW PURCELLIN)Jackson Family Wines has acquired Brewer-Clifton, one of Sta. Rita Hills’ top Pinot Noir and Chardon-nay producers. It is the third Pinot Noir–based winery Jackson Family has purchased in the span of a year. The deal includes Brewer-Clif-ton’s second brand, Diatom, 60 acres of estate vineyards and a long-term lease on a winery and tasting room. Founder Greg Brewer has sold his shares but will continue to make the wines. The sale price was not disclosed.“I couldn’t be happier with this evolution as it relates to myself, personally, Brewer-Clifton and the appellation as a whole,” said Brewer. He calls it an ideal fit, preferring to work for others while remaining involved in the winery that he built over…