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Wine Spectator October 31, 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 following resources. Free resources for all our 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 Great 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. 20–22 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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lodovico antinori’s fall and rise

Who says there are no second acts? Lodovico Antinori’s story proves two things: That even the most sucessful vintner can make a big mistake, and that even the biggest mistakes can be overcome with time, energy and commitment. Lodovico, younger brother of the esteemed Piero, went his own way early in life, leaving the family business in 1980. He decided to start his own winery in the then-obscure Tuscan region of Bolgheri. The project became Ornellaia, one of the most successful of the super Tuscans. The 1998 vintage, which scored 96 points, was named our Wine of the Year in 2001. But in 2002, Lodovico sold the estate to Robert Mondavi Winery, which in turn sold the property to the Antinoris’ chief rivals in Tuscany, the Frescobaldi family. Lodovico calls it the…

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Hell or High Water Wow, talk about unoaked Chardonnay. I was shocked but not surprised to learn that the Resnicks had clearcut 375 acres in Paso Robles for new Justin vineyards. These are the folks who shrewdly bought water rights and now produce billions of 1-gallon-per-nut almonds and pistachios in droughtstricken California and transport tons of water across the globe claiming “Every drop is green.” I suggest that these billionaires think about their future consumers. Younger generations tend to express their values by voting with their dollars. Now’s the time to embrace a leadership position and implement a meaningful sustainability strategy for their company. Ken Eskenazi Sustainability Instructor UCLA Extension Los Angeles Food for Thought I’ve been a faithful reader of your magazine since the late 1980s. During that time, I’ve grown more wine-savvy and watched with…

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wine ponzi scheme ends in guilty plea

John Fox, once a leading wine merchant, was escorted into an Oakland, Calif., courtroom by federal marshals on Aug. 11, shackled hand and foot. In a low voice, Fox, 66, pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud in connection with a massive Ponzi scheme he operated at Premier Cru, the Berkeley shop he cofounded with warehouse manager Hector Ortega in 1980. The FBI began investigating Fox earlier this year, after Premier Cru filed for bankruptcy, angering thousands of customers who had paid the store for wines that were never delivered. Several former customers had filed lawsuits against the store, which was known for offering great deals on wines that the retailer labeled “future arrivals.” In its bankruptcy petition, the firm declared $70 million in debt, mostly unfulfilled orders paid…

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Kosta Browne Buys in Mendocino California Pinot Noir star Kosta Browne may soon have a few more single-vineyard Pinots in its stable. In August, the Sebastopol-based winery acquired Anderson Valley’s Cerise Vineyards and its 60 acres of vines, planted mostly to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This is Kosta Browne’s first foray into Mendocino County. Terms of the sale have not been disclosed. Kosta Browne’s Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands Pinots are some of the most highly coveted in California; its 2009 Sonoma Coast bottling was named Wine Spectator’s 2011 Wine of the Year. The winery acquired its first vineyard, a 20-acre parcel of Keefer Ranch in Russian River Valley, in 2013; it also has a long-term lease on 37 acres of Gap’s Crown Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast…

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CALIFORNIA: ST. HELENA Two Birds/One Stone Website Douglas Keane and Sang Yoon are the two birds at this new wine-country restaurant. It’s fresh territory for both, uniting northern and southern California appellations and cuisine. Keane and Yoon have set up shop in the old Freemark Abbey winery north of St. Helena (where Silverado Brewing Company once existed) in Napa Valley. The renovated venue is airy, like a small gymnasium with a vaulted ceiling, which makes dining conversation pleasantly civilized. It’s cozy without being precious. Two Birds/One Stone is a California-inspired yakitori restaurant (think skewered chicken and meats) uniting Keane, the creative mind behind the late Cyrus in Healdsburg, and Yoon, of Father’s Office and Lukshon in Los Angeles. The two wisely agreed to put their heads together for what they describe as “Japanese…