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Wine Spectator July 31, 2019

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 WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS ← WINE SPECTATOR’S 13TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST Share your wine story to compete for fabulous prizes! Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator’s annual Video Contest and you could win tickets to our spectacular Wine Experience weekend or a Grand Tasting. Entry deadline is Monday, Aug. 19. Check out the rules and previous years’ finalists online. FOURTH OF JULY PARTIES Bring some culinary fireworks to your festivities with a tempting new summer recipe and crowd-pleasing wines to pair with it. WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our informative wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. • Spotlight On: Hampton Water’s Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi Rosé season is in full swing—a perfect time to catch up with the father-son duo behind this French…

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chardonnay: the golden grape

Americans love Chardonnay. It’s the most popular white wine in the country, and for good reason: It’s delicious and dependable, and excellent versions are available in all price ranges. In this issue we focus on Chardonnay from California, with stories timed to help you find the right bottles to accompany your summer meals and celebrations. Kim Marcus, our Napa bureau chief and lead taster for California Chardonnay, presents his tasting report on the new releases of this enticing white wine. Marcus has reviewed more than 500 California Chardonnays in blind tastings over the past year and found an impressive 260 wines deserving of 90 points or higher on our 100-point scale, with eight wines reaching the “classic” range of 95 or more points. Bottlings from the 2016 and 2017 vintages are widely…

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A Publication of M. Shanken Communications, Inc. MARVIN R. SHANKEN•Editor and Publisher EDITORIAL Thomas Matthews Executive Editor Senior Editors: JAMES LAUBE, KIM MARCUS, BRUCE SANDERSON, JAMES MOLESWORTH, DANA NIGRO, ALISON NAPJUS, MARYANN WOROBIEC, TIM FISH Editor at Large: HARVEY STEIMAN Managing Editor: CORDELIA WINTON Tasting Director: ALISON NAPJUS Assistant Managing Editor: KEITH NEWTON Features Editor: OWEN DUGAN News Editor: MITCH FRANK Associate Editor: GILLIAN SCIARETTA Assistant Editor: JULIE HARANS Copy Editors: BEN LASMAN, HILARY SIMS Editorial Assistant: BRIANNE GARRETT Tasting Coordinator: AUGUSTUS WEED (Napa) Associate Tasting Coordinators: AARON ROMANO (Napa), ALEKS ZECEVIC, CASSIA SCHIFTER Assistant Tasting Coordinators: ESZTER BALOGH, NATALIE CROOKS Administrative Assistant: ELIZABETH REDMAYNE-TITLEY (Napa) Auction Correspondent: PETER D. MELTZER Contributing Editors: ROBERT CAMUTO, JACK BETTRIDGE (Spirits), SUZANNE MUSTACICH DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Vice President, Production: KEVIN MULLIGAN Art Director: DAVID A. BAYER Associate Art Directors: LISA AURIGEMMA, TODD MILLER Assistant Art Director: DIANA…

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Asked and Answered Brad Kordic from Herlong, Calif., asked what California Cabs taste like Bordeaux (Feedback, June 15). When they are young, none. However, our several brown-bag tasting groups have found that with 15-plus years of age, some California Cabs do display the earthy quality that our favorite Bordeaux show. The two that most consistently do so are Ridge Monte Bello (most recently, the 2002) and Philip Togni. On many occasions I would have bet money that they were Bordeaux before being unveiled. Richard DregerBatavia, Ill. Tribute to Tom I was saddened to read James Laube’s column about Tom Seaver (June 15). I’ll always remember getting the Hall of Famer’s autograph at a local memorabilia shop in Las Vegas. As Tom began to sign my baseball, I asked how his winery was coming along. His…

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NEWS FOOD & TRAVEL PEOPLE COLLECTING Canned Wine Comes of Age Canned wine is catching on. It’s not unusual to find cans of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and rosé on store shelves and being hawked at music festivals. Once considered a novelty, they have burst into the mainstream, enticing wine drinkers to pop the tab with their easy-drinking style and convenient packaging. Cans are among the fastest-growing forms of alternative wine packaging on the market—a burgeoning category that includes bag-in-a-box and Tetra Pak, the same packaging used for juice boxes. Last year, canned wine sales jumped 69% to more than $69 million, totaling 739,000 cases in retail outlets tracked by Nielsen. That’s up from just $2 million in sales in 2012. Though the category only accounts for a 0.4% share of the overall wine market,…

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south africa’s mulderbosch sold

One of the leading wineries in South Africa has a new owner, as the fallout from Terroir Capital founder Charles Banks’ conviction on federal fraud charges continues. Third Leaf Wines, a California-based firm, has purchased the renowned Mulderbosch winery in Stellenbosch from Terroir for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the brand, the winery and 136 acres of vineyards. “Mulderbosch is an iconic brand,” said Alex Pagon, managing partner for Third Leaf Partners, parent company of Third Leaf Wines. “For decades, the winery has produced outstanding wines and has been a category leader, with a strong and amazingly successful history in the United States and Europe.” Third Leaf Partners is a San Francisco–based investment firm that provides capital and strategic management support to wineries and hotels, including brands such as Evening Land…