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Wine Spectator August 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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(MICHELE FALZONE/GETTY IMAGES)Visit to find links to all of the following resources.FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS:THE WORLD’S BEST WINE LISTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards app helps 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 award for its dedication to wine. The app allows you to search through more than 3,700 award winners to 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 2018 award winners, with maps. Or look for the perfect dining spot in any location by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Plus, find all our great…

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our restaurant awards

(DAVID YELLEN)Since 1981, Wine Spectator has been giving awards to restaurants with excellent wine programs. We began with 13 restaurants; today, our Dining Guide lists 3,759 restaurants in all 50 states and more than 75 countries around the world.The Grand Award, our highest honor, is reserved for the most exceptional establishments. This year, seven restaurants earned the Grand Award for the first time. All together, 91 restaurants are members of this exclusive club. (A complete list, organized by state and country, appears on page 11.)It is not easy to earn a Grand Award. Most of the current winners have been in our program for many years, building their cellars, before reaching the pinnacle. We inspect every candidate for the Grand Award to ensure that the entire dining experience is worthy…

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grand award winners of 2018

UNITED STATESCALIFORNIAAcquerelloGrand Award since 2012AddisonGrand Award since 2009CapoGrand Award since 2015The French LaundryGrand Award since 2007La ToqueGrand Award since 2014MaderaGrand Award since 2018Murray CircleGrand Award since 2016PatinaGrand Award since 1994Plumed HorseGrand Award since 2015Restaurant Gary DankoGrand Award since 2001The Restaurant atMeadowoodGrand Award since 2016Restaurant 301 atthe Hotel CarterGrand Award since 1998SaisonGrand Award since 2014Sierra MarGrand Award since 2012Spago Beverly HillsGrand Award since 2010SpruceGrand Award since 2015The StonehouseGrand Award since 2014StudioGrand Award since 2014The Village PubGrand Award since 2013Wally’s Beverly HillsGrand Award since 2017COLORADOBarolo GrillGrand Award since 2018Element 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 2015LOUISIANACommander’s PalaceGrand Award since 2012Emeril’s New OrleansGrand Award since 1999MASSACHUSETTSGrill 23 & BarGrand Award since 2017Topper’s at the…

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Memo on MexicoI am an avid reader of your magazine. I am enthusiastic about Spanish wines (Rioja and Ribera del Duero), French (Bordeaux and Champagne), Napa and Washington wines. But I would like to know your opinion about Mexican wines, because they are not mentioned in your magazine or in your reviews.Mario Lopez Osorio Los Mochis, MexicoExecutive editor Thomas Matthews replies: Thanks for writing to Wine Spectator, and for being an avid reader.Our policy is to focus our resources on reviewing wines that are accessible to our readers, who are mostly based in the U.S. At this point, very few wines from Mexico are exported to the U.S. and even fewer are widely distributed here. As a result, we have not reviewed many Mexican wines in the past few years.However,…

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devastating hailstorms strike bordeaux

Vines in the Medoc were stripped of leaves.Hail cut a path of destruction through the Bordeaux region on May 26, just days after two small storms struck the Médoc on May 21. The overall damage is substantial: 17,544 acres of vines were affected, and more than 8,400 acres suffered a crippling 80 percent damage, according to the CIVB, Bordeaux’s wine trade group.“The leaves were torn off, the [flower buds] torn off and the wood suffered a major impact, which means the sap won’t circulate well through the vine this year,” said Roman Tourdias, a viticulture consultant and director of the Chamber of Agriculture’s Médoc bureau.The first two storms were relatively small, but in the Médoc, 2,965 acres of vines were damaged, with 988 acres enduring 80 percent damage. “It’s impossible…

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sonoma state unveils wine spectator learning center

From left: Congressman Mike Thompson; SSU provost Lisa Vollendorf; Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator; SSU president Judy Sakaki; SSU dean Karen Thompson; Korbel Cellars owner Gary Heck, Wine Business Institute executive director Ray JohnsonConstruction of the center took two years and cost $11 million.A crowd of more than 600 attended the center’s opening. (JAK WONDERLY)It’s not every day that an $11 million, 15,000-square-foot temple to wine-industry knowledge opens its doors. More than 600 guests, including industry leaders, gathered in late May for the grand opening of the Wine Spectator Learning Center at Sonoma State University. The facility is the new heart of the university’s Wine Business Institute, a one-of-a-kind program working to train tomorrow’s wine leaders, under the auspices of the School of Business and Economics.“Get…