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Wine Spectator November 30, 2018

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M Shanken Communications
15 Issues

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1 min.

Visit WineSpectator.com/113018 to find links to all of the following resources. FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 12, we begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2018—complete with videos, tasting notes and more—culminating with the Wine of the Year on Nov. 16 and the complete Top 100 list on Nov. 19. Don’t miss the year’s most exciting wines! NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed at this year’s great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 18–20, brings the world’s best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos. WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our informative wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each…

3 min.
france’s rhône valley

Vintages matter—each year’s growing season has a powerful impact on wine style and quality. Sure, there’s often marketing hype touting this or that year as the new “vintage of the century,” and producers are naturally enthusiastic about the vintage they’re trying to sell. But an experienced taster knows when an exceptional growing season has allowed wine-makers to catch lightning in a bottle. That’s what happened in France’s Southern Rhône Valley with the 2016 vintage. Senior editor James Molesworth, our lead critic on the wines of the Rhône Valley, first tasted the 2016s when they were still in barrel. He had one thought, he says: He needed to taste them again! The wines—especially the reds—promised something special. Now, having reviewed nearly 300 2016s in bottle in official blind tastings, his verdict is in. He rates…

3 min.

AVA Advocate As an avid Pinot Noir enthusiast, I was delighted to receive the recent issue of Wine Spectator that includes a wonderful review and analysis of California Pinot Noir (California Pinot Noir Evolution,” cover, Oct. 15). I completely agree that this finicky grape has been well-cared for by numerous vintners throughout the state of California. While I commend you on a rather thorough article, I was surprised to find several wineries of significance (in regard to Pinot Noir) not mentioned, and also the void of mentioning the wonderful producers in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. While I did see Mt. Eden, there were few others from the Santa Cruz region. Some phenomenal producers there, well worth seeking out, include Rhys, Arnot Roberts and Big Basin. Kudos to Wine Spectator for letting…

3 min.
where water became wine

Many Christians believe that Jesus of Nazareth’s first miracle was turning water into wine. Now a team of archaeologists and religious scholars is trying to figure out where he might have done it. Wine is frequently referenced in the Bible. Though the Marriage of Cana, where Jesus performed the water-into-wine miracle, is one of the most well-known tales in Christian scripture, experts have long debated where exactly this wedding might have taken place. On a dig at a site called Khirbet Qana, cosponsored by the University of Puget Sound and Kentucky’s Centre College, archaeologists discovered a network of tunnels used for early Christian worship, revealing markings of crosses and the phrase “Kyrie Iesou,” Greek for “Lord Jesus.” According to Tom McCollough, a retired religion professor at Centre College and director of excavations…

4 min.
oregon winery buys neighbor

As demand for Oregon wine continues to grow, The Great Oregon Wine Company has purchased Duck Pond Cellars, a family-owned winery in Willamette Valley. The deal, announced in September, includes Duck Pond’s winery and tasting room, along with 300 acres of estate vineyards. Duck Pond’s staff, including winemaker Trevor Chlanda, will remain at the winery. The terms of the sale were not disclosed. Doug and Jo Ann Fries founded Duck Pond Cellars after moving from California’s Central Valley to Oregon in the early 1980s. Longtime farmers and wine enthusiasts, they purchased land along the Willamette River in Dundee and planted a 13-acre vineyard. In 1993, the family launched Duck Pond Cellars, focusing exclusively on Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Current production is around 50,000 cases. The Great Oregon Wine Company bought grapes…

3 min.
gigondas: southern charm in the rhône

The classic-scoring 2016 vintage has put the Southern Rhône in the spotlight. And Gigondas, profiled on page 76, has started to peek out from the shadows of its prestigious neighbor Châteauneuf-du-Pape as the appellation and its producers push quality forward. While the wines are certainly worthy of your attention, so is the village itself. Senior editor James Molesworth, our lead taster on the Rhône and a frequent visitor to the region, shares his favorite places in Gigondas to whet your whistle, dine and rest after a day of wine tasting and touring. Hôtel Les Florets Hôtel Les Florets Website hotel-lesflorets.com Thierry and Dominique Bernard’s roots run deep in this area. Thierry is a sixth-generation winemaker whose family established Domaine La Garrigue in Vacqueyras in 1850. Today, the couple runs this 15-room hotel, located just…