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Wine Spectator July 31, 2018

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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2 min.
california gold

We love Chardonnay! Americans drink nearly 840 million bottles of it every year. Pinot Grigio, our second choice in white wine, falls a long way behind, at 348 million bottles. What makes Chardonnay so popular? In large part, its extraordinary versatility. American wine drinkers believe that variety is the spice of life—we are curious and adventurous and appreciate diversity as one of wine’s greatest strengths. And Chardonnay, more than almost any other grape, can deliver wines in a broad range of styles. Winemakers are willing and able to rise to this challenge, and for many of them, Chardonnay is the perfect vehicle. The grape is fantastically responsive—its character can change dramatically depending on soil type, weather patterns and, of course, winemaking techniques. In California, Chardonnay is thriving the entire length of the state,…

1 min.

In Sympathy I was aghast reading “Consumers Caught in Shipping Crossfire” (Grapevine, April 30). Living in Australia, I am on various winery and retail wine store mailing lists, including a few yearly standing orders, all delivered to my door by the national postal service and various couriers. As can be deduced, we are fortunate that Australian laws do not prevent such transport across state lines. The reasoning for such draconian measures in the various U.S. states is an insult to all good wine lovers. When I next open wine to share with others, [U.S. consumers] will be in my thoughts. M. Michael Victoria, Australia Blanc for the Buck We enjoyed MaryAnn Worobiec’s article on California Sauvignon Blanc (“Style and Substance,” June 15). We are huge fans of Merry Edwards wines (also Honig and Grieve). Recently,…

4 min.
new generation takes the lead at lafite

A once-in-a-generation transition at one of the world’s most storied wine companies became official in March, when Saskia de Rothschild assumed the role of chairman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). De Rothschild, 30, is the daughter of Baron Eric de Rothschild, and the first woman to run Lafite in the 150 years the de Rothschild family has owned it. The company has grown substantially in six generations, with most of the expansion led by Baron Eric during his 44-year tenure. In an interview with Wine Spectator, the new chairman made it clear she has no plans to rest on Lafite’s laurels. She wants to improve the company’s other brands, and she feels the firm must innovate if it is going to draw a new generation of fans. De Rothschild officially joined…

2 min.
tax tangles for small wineries

“They say you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but this horse came with a pretty mean kick,” said Mike Officer, co-owner of the small Carlisle winery in Sonoma. Like many of his peers, he expected last year’s tax-cuts package to deliver … tax cuts. The law included significant federal excise tax reductions on alcohol for both small and large wineries. But language in the bill complicated matters. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the federal agency in charge of alcohol regulation, has announced a temporary solution, but headaches remain. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22, 2017, included a separate bill, the Craft Beverage Modernization Act, as an amendment. This bill rewrote the excise-tax code by scrapping the Small…

1 min.
long island’s martha clara vineyards sold

The Entenmann family, of baked goods fame, has sold its North Fork of Long Island property, Big E Farm, to a Mexican wine company for $15 million. The sale includes Martha Clara Vineyards, which comprises a tasting room, event space, 113 acres of vines and the Martha Clara brand. The purchase price was the second-highest in North Fork history, according to Corcoran Group, the real estate company behind the deal. The acquisition marks the first venture outside Mexico for Rivero-Gonzalez, the wine producer that purchased the estate. “We are going to make a conscious decision whether we should keep the Martha Clara name or try and do something that connects more to the Rivero-Gonzalez brand,” CEO Maria Rivero told Wine Spectator. Rivero-Gonzalez was founded in 1998 by Rivero’s father, mining executive Jose…

2 min.
in memoriam

Leslie Rudd Entrepreneur Leslie Rudd, who built an impressive array of businesses in wine, spirits and food over a 53-year career, died May 3. He was 76. Rudd was CEO of Leslie Rudd Investment Company and founder of the Rudd Group, which owns California properties including Vintage Wine Estates, Rudd Oakville Estate, Edge Hill Estate, Covenant Wines and Distillery No. 209, as well as Press restaurant and Oakville Grocery. Born in Kansas, Rudd joined Standard Beverage Corp., his father’s business, in 1965, becoming its president in 1974. His first foray into luxury comestibles came in 1996, when he purchased a majority interest in specialty grocer Dean & DeLuca, and also the property that would become Rudd Oakville Estate. In 2007, he and a partner created Vintage Wine Estates, which now produces some 2…