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Wine Spectator October 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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Visit to find links to all of the following resources. FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS LETTER FROM EUROPE Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through Italy, France and beyond, visiting cutting-edge wine regions, iconoclastic producers and companies that drive wine trends. DAILY WINE PICKS Terrific wine finds in three price ranges, six days a week. Check our site daily for the latest picks or follow them on our Twitter feed, via @WineSpectator. NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us Oct. 17–19 for this year’s great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event will bring the world’s best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos. WHAT AM I TASTING? Test your tasting skills in our mystery wine game. Every two weeks, we post a tasting…

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a world of whiskies

We are a company of wine lovers and we write for an audience of wine lovers. But we know that our readers have broader interests than wine alone. So we also write about subjects such as coffee, chocolate, cheese … and spirits. Why spirits? Our research shows clearly that many people who love fine wine—our readers—also enjoy fine spirits. The world’s great spirits, from Scotland’s whisky to France’s Cognac, share many characteristics with fine wine—they begin as agricultural products; they are crafted by skilled artisans; they display complex and diverse flavors; and they pair well with good food and friendly conversation. We regularly delve into the world of spirits. In 2017, we published a cover story on the emergence of superpremium tequila from Mexico. In 2014, we explored Scotch in all its variations.…

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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 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: SHAWN ZYLBERBERG 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 Emeritus: HARVEY STEIMAN DESIGN AND PRODUCTION Vice President, Production: KEVIN MULLIGAN Art Director: DAVID A. BAYER Associate Art Directors: LISA AURIGEMMA, TODD MILLER Assistant Art Director: DIANA WITKOWSKI…

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feed back

Second Thoughts In the past, Wine Spectator ran one of my letters in which I groused about the magazine’s in-depth coverage of a “non-wine” topic (“Riled Over Rye,” April 30, 2012). Now a few years older and debatably wiser, I’ve come to value Wine Spectator’s exploration of interesting and enriching non-wine topics. With this broader appreciation for a few sidetracks, I can confirm that “A Traveler’s Guide: Cheese Across America” (cover, Sept. 30) scored a bull’s-eye! Mr. Stei-man’s feature on exploring cheese in the North Bay region of California was fantastic. The piece was written with the same passion, depth and perspective as your best wine-focused exposés. Our next trip out to Northern California wine country will now include a couple of days discovering “all that is cheese” in Marin and Sonoma…

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the value of world heritage wineries

When the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted in July to designate the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene a World Heritage Site (WHS), it was a cause for celebration in the Italian wine region after years of campaigning. “It’s a great recognition for the territory,” Giancarlo Moretti Polegato, owner of Valdobbiadene’s Villa Sandi, told Wine Spectator. “The UNESCO status will be a great opportunity to further strengthen the identity between this unique area and the wine produced within it.” But what does World Heritage Site status mean for a wine region? And why are a growing number of wine regions applying, even though the process can take longer than a decade and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more? UNESCO first awarded WHS status to 12 locations…

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rhys vineyards will pay $3.76 million for watershed damage

California winery Rhys Vineyards agreed to pay $3.76 million in penalties for violations of state environmental rules during the development of a vineyard in northern Mendocino County, in a settlement announced in August. The Santa Cruz–based winery was faulted for filling a stream with dirt, bulldozing a protected wetland and improperly constructing access roads, which caused irreversible damage to the habitat, including the migration and spawning of salmon and trout found in the watershed. “The illegal and permanent loss of wetlands and streams caused by the vineyard construction was an egregious violation of state and federal law,” said Josh Curtis, assistant executive officer of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, in a statement. Rhys is owned by Kevin Harvey, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founding partner of Benchmark Capital, which…