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Wine Spectator November 15, 2016

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 fol-lowing resources.with out lineoriginalno out lineno dropshadow Free resources for all our readers: LOOKING BACK ON 40 YEARS In our website companion to this 40th anniversary issue, you’ll find mobile-friendly photo galleries, a Q&A with editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken about Wine Spec-tator’s history and its role in the development of American wine cul-ture, and more than 20 videos with leading winemakers of the past four decades. Historic clips feature André Tchelistcheff and Ernest and Julio Gallo, along with “How to Describe Wine” (circa 1983). Plus, Shanken describes his most memorable Wine Experience. Find it all at NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us Oct. 20 to 22 for this year’s great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the…

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A Look Back It was a pleasure reading the story of the emerging wine market for Portuguese wines (“Breaking the Mold,” Aug. 31). Around 1917, my mom and dad emigrated to the Boston area from the Portuguese island of San Miguel. I was born in 1928, in Cambridge, Mass. Your article reminded me of the wonderful times my wife and our kids have visited the mainland, Madeira and the Azores. The people are sweet, and I am very proud to share that heritage with my children and grandkids. Joe Perry San Francisco Sky’s the Limit I read the July 31 issue about Robert Mondavi not just for insight into the man and his winery, but for insight into Napa’s history. After reading the corresponding letters in the Sept. 30 issue, I thought with your staff’s…

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cans crack wine’s glass ceiling

Most wine lovers don’t typically think of popping open a can of Pinot, but as winemakers and merchants compete for younger consumers, some are finding success by opting for aluminum over glass. According to Nielsen data of off-premise sales published in July, canned wine sales in the United States grew 125.2 percent in value in the 52 weeks ending June 18, 2016, with sales of $14.5 million, up from $6.4 million the previous year. Though consumers have been trying sparkling wine in cans for over a decade, canned table wines also found their place in the past year. “When we first launched [cans, in 2011], there was definitely consumer resistance,” said Ben Parsons, owner and winemaker of Denver winery The Infinite Monkey Theorem. “Only at the end of 2014 did it…

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margrit biever mondavi

Napa’s Ultimate Ambassador Margrit Biever Mondavi, one of America’s leading wine ambassadors, died at her Napa Valley home on Sept. 2 of cancer. She was 91. Alongside her husband, Robert Mondavi, Margrit helped promote California wine in its infancy. A presence in her own right, she was known for her charm and intellect, creating a warm atmosphere for visitors that inspired other wineries to do the same. The example she set established Robert Mondavi Winery as a showpiece for Napa wines during the 1970s and 1980s. She was also instrumental in guiding Napa’s cultural awakening, helping to shape the region into the thriving center of wine, food and art it is today. When she arrived in Napa in the 1960s, the area was better known for its natural splendor than its wine…

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greg walter

Greg Walter, whose career in wine and publishing spanned 36 years, including working as president of Wine Spectator and then founding the newsletter The Pinot Report, died at his home Sept. 1 in Yountville, Calif. after a long battle with cancer. He was 58. Walter was studying journalism at San Diego State University in the late 1970s and working a part-time job as assistant manager at a liquor store when his boss showed him a help-wanted ad for a fledgling newspaper called The Wine Spectator. His wine-writing career flourished with the publication, as it grew from a small newspaper in San Diego into the benchmark consumer magazine for American wine lovers. He was a keen student of wine, a good writer and a skilled editor, taking pleasure in overseeing the magazine’s…

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vernon singleton

Vernon Singleton, a professor at the University of California, Davis, who laid the groundwork for the study of phenolics, died Aug. 26 of complications from a fall. He was 93. Singleton’s research has helped generations of winemakers around the world better understand the chemistry involved in winemaking. “Because of him, [today’s winemakers] appreciate the significance of phenolic compounds [the large group of organic chemical compounds that affect the taste, color and texture of wine] in the production, aging and flavor of wine,” said Carole Meredith, former U.C., Davis, professor and proprietor of Napa winery Lagier Meredith. Born in Oregon, Singleton joined U.C., Davis’, department of viticulture and enology in 1958. In a career spanning four decades, he authored more than 220 papers and four books, including the classic Wine: An Introduction for…