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Wine Spectator August 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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M Shanken Communications
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Visit to find links to all of the following resources. FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS HAVE YOU SEEN OUR NEW WEBSITE? We’ve redesigned to be more useful, intuitive and enjoyable. The new layout makes it easier to find what you’re looking for, whether on desk-top, tablet or mobile devices, and we’ve added exciting new sections and features such as Wine IQ, Wine & Culture, Know Your Grapes and Winery Intel. Take a tour at! THE WORLD’S BEST WINE LISTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards app helps you find res-taurants with the world’s leading wine lists. Every dining destination in this app—covering all 50 states as well as 79 countries—has earned a Wine Spectator award for its commitment to wine. The app allows you to search through nearly 3,800…

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wine, restaurants and community

Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards program has two goals: Honor restaurants with out-standing wine programs, and guide diners to establishments where they can find the wines they want to drink. We established the awards back in 1981. The program has had real impact, to the great benefit of all wine lovers. This year, nearly 3,800 restaurants in the U.S. and abroad have earned recognition for their commitment to wine, in one of three tiers of achievement: the Award of Excellence; the more selective Best of Award of Excellence; and our pinnacle, the Grand Award. While our focus is on the wine lists, we know that restaurant wine programs involve more than bottles in a cellar. Created by entrepreneurial owners and passionate wine directors, serious programs help develop and support communities of wine, embracing…

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wine spectator’s grand award winners

WORLD’S GREATEST RESTAURANT WINE LISTS Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, founded in 1981, honors outstanding restaurants with extraordinary wine programs. In 2019, 100 restaurants have earned Grand Awards; listed here, they represent 17 countries and 14 states plus the District of Columbia. For more information about these distinguished restaurants, turn to the Restaurant Awards listings beginning on page 77; comprehensive coverage is also available at UNITED STATES CALIFORNIA Acquerello San Francisco Grand Award since 2012 Addison San Diego Grand Award since 2009 Capo Santa Monica Grand Award since 2015 The French Laundry Yountville Grand Award since 2007 La Toque Napa Grand Award since 2014 Madera Menlo Park Grand Award since 2018 Murray Circle Sausalito Grand Award since 2016 Patina Los Angeles Grand Award since 1994 The Plumed Horse Saratoga Grand Award since 2015 Restaurant Gary Danko San Francisco Grand Award since 2001 The Restaurant at Meadowood St. Helena Grand Award since 2016 Restaurant 301 at the Hotel Carter Eureka Grand Award since 1998 Saison San Francisco Grand Award since 2014 Sierra Mar Big Sur Grand…

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wine spectator

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:…

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San Francisco’s Finest I very much enjoyed your May 31 cover story on San Francisco women chefs, and particularly appreciated the balance that Mr. Steiman achieved between a focus on their creative menus and a broader exploration of the personal perspectives that motivated many of these pioneering women. I am surprised and disappointed, however, at the exclusion of San Francisco’s dynamic chef and restaurateur Gabriela Camara. Well-known for her Mexico City restaurants, including the world-famous Contramar, Camara moved to San Francisco and opened Cala in 2015 to immediate acclaim. Beyond her world-class cuisine, Camara is known for her commitment to the societal role her restaurant can play. She maintains a comprehensive training program for both kitchen and front-of-house staff, many of whom she hires through a program for ex-offenders. Her combination of culinary…

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u.s. wineries stung by trade wars

American wine, beer and spirits producers are worried. Trade disputes between the United States and China, Mexico and the European Union are all impacting their businesses. And an end to the battles is nowhere in sight. “We might be driving off a cliff here,” said Ridge Vineyards president David Amadia. He was speaking about the latest round of tariffs the Chinese government has imposed on American wine. As part of an ongoing trade war between the Trump administration and Beijing, tariffs on U.S. wine exported into China have been creeping up for the past year. China’s latest round of retaliatory tariffs, which went into effect June 1, put an additional 25% tariff on American wine, bringing the total tariff to 54%. On April 8, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a preliminary…