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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 WineSpectator.com 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

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 York…

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grand award winners of 2017

UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA Acquerello Grand Award since 2012 Addison Grand Award since 2009 Capo Grand Award since 2015 The French Laundry Grand Award since 2007 La Toque Grand Award since 2014 Murray Circle Grand Award since 2016 Patina Grand Award since 1994 Plumed Horse Grand Award since 2015 Restaurant Gary Danko Grand Award since 2001 The Restaurant at Meadowood Grand Award since 2016 Restaurant 301 at the Hotel Carter Grand Award since 1998 RN74 Grand Award since 2010 Saison Grand Award since 2014 Sierra Mar Grand Award since 2012 Spago Beverly Hills Grand Award since 2010 Spruce Grand Award since 2015 The Stonehouse Grand Award since 2014 Studio Grand Award since 2014 Valentino Grand Award since 1981 The Village Pub Grand Award since 2013 Wally’s Beverly Hills Grand Award since 2017 COLORADO Element 47 Grand Award since 1997 Flagstaff House Restaurant Grand Award since 1983 FLORIDA Bern’s Steak House Grand Award since 1981 Bleu Provence Grand Award since 2015 HMF Grand Award since 1981 Marcello’s La Sirena Grand Award since 2015 ILLINOIS Tru Grand Award since 2004 LOUISIANA Commander’s Palace Grand Award since 2012 Emeril’s New Orleans Grand Award since 1999 MASSACHUSETTS Blantyre Grand Award since 2009 Grill 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

This 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 Frenchman has other plans. What ensues is a two-day adventure, as the mismatched pair eats, drinks and flirts…

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jackson family buys california pinot star brewer-clifton

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 the course of 20 years. A for-mer French instructor at the University…