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Wine Spectator March 31, 2020

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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2 min.
winespectator.com

FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS WINE & HEALTH Health News was among our “Top Stories of 2019,” none more so than our guide to “What Wine Drinkers Need to Know About Sugar.” Keep on top of the latest research with our regular Health News reports, ask questions in Wine & Health Q&A, and sign up for Wine & Healthy Living, our twice-monthly email newsletter. VALENTINE’S DAY We’re sure your darling will be impressed when you whip up a recipe from a top chef, present the perfect wine pairing and wrap up with a delicious dessert. We’ve got everything you need to make this romantic day a success. And if dining out is more appealing than dining in, be sure to choose a restaurant with a Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. NEED-TO-KNOW…

3 min.
oregon pinot noir

Oregon Pinot Noir is still in its early days, but a string of great vintages has quality firing on all cylinders. This issue features both a broad analysis of the state’s wines, in a tasting report by senior editor Tim Fish, and a focused profile of leading Oregon vintner Mike Etzel, founder of Beaux Frères winery. Oregon’s first Pinot Noir vineyards were planted in the 1960s in the Willamette Valley; David Lett, Dick Erath and Dick Ponzi can take credit as modern pioneers. By 1980, there were more than 30 bonded wineries and more than 1,000 acres of wine grapes planted in the state. The establishment of Domaine Drouhin in 1987, by the Drouhin family of Burgundy, gave a kind of international seal of approval to the young region. Since then,…

3 min.
feedback

READERS RESPOND TO THE TARIFF ISSUE A series of recent Facebook posts by Wine Spectator addressed the U.S. government’s current and proposed tariffs on European wines. The posts elicited diverse and passionate commentary from readers. Below is a sampling of what they had to say. The U.S. wine industry employs 1.74 million people and generates $68.1 billion in sales through retail and hospitality channels. Approximately a third of these sales are from imports, 75% for wines produced in EU countries. Those wines are sold by mom-and-pop liquor stores struggling to pay the rent, sales-persons trying to meet a sales target, young people waiting tables to put themselves through school, truck drivers working around the clock to deliver to consumers and businesses, and many thousands of other Americans who work in the wine…

3 min.
cannabis and wine struggle to coexist

The vineyard’s owners faced an unenviable choice. Farming their land in California’s Santa Barbara County, home to cool, moist Pacific air, they could spray their growing Chardonnay crop with a fungicide that would protect it from mildew. But that raised the risk the chemical could drift onto their new neighbor’s burgeoning crop of cannabis. Any trace of spray would render the cannabis unsellable, and the vineyard owners would be liable for the lost production. The vintners, who asked not to be identified, opted to spray a less effective fun-gicide. When harvest arrived, they were stuck with 35 acres of Chardonnay ruined by mildew. Three years after California legalized cannabis, half the counties within the state allow commercial cannabis farming. And some wine regions are grappling with how the new cash crop…

2 min.
president signs one-year tax cut extension for wineries

The wine industry received a stocking stuffer from the federal government on Dec. 20, but not as big a gift as they had hoped for. Congress included a one-year extension of the excise tax cuts passed in 2017 in a budget bill for 2020, and President Donald Trump signed the measure into law 11 days before the tax cuts would have expired. The extension was desperately sought by alcohol producers, small and large, across the nation. According to the Wine Institute, a trade group, California wineries alone used the tax savings in 2018 and 2019 to reinvest more than $150 million. If Congress and the President had failed to agree on a budget, the tax reductions would have expired at the end of this year. That could have meant higher prices for…

1 min.
in memoriam

Beaujolais Legend Georges Duboeuf Georges Duboeuf, the legendary Beaujolais winemaker and négociant who introduced the wines of his French region to millions of consumers, died of a stroke Jan. 4, at his home in Romanèche-Thorins, France, near Lyon. He was 86. “Beaujolais, France and the wine industry lost one of their most passionate advocates with the passing of Georges Duboeuf,” said Duboeuf’s son Franck and his family in a statement. “During his 86 years with us, he brought much personal joy and inspiration to our lives as well as to those he touched throughout his career.” A masterful marketer, Duboeuf, in the 1980s, elevated the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau wines from a local event to a worldwide celebration. His other Beaujolais wines, adorned with vibrant floral labels designed by Duboeuf himself, introduced…