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Wine Spectator September 30, 2017

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.
the napa we love

Wine regions around the world offer beautiful scenery, exceptional wine estates, great dining and luxurious places to stay. But no place reaches the heights of Napa Valley. This small wine region in Northern Cali-fornia was a sleepy backwater as recently as the 1960s. Since then, it has emerged as the quintessential wine country destination. In fact, venerable regions such as Bordeaux and Tuscany have based their approach to burgeoning tourism on the Napa model. Napa had the foresight to protect its rural landscape through the 1968 Agricultural Preserve, ensuring that the valley wasn’t overrun by residential or industrial development. As the wines improved, outside investors were attracted to the area. They hired star architects to design innovative wineries. They built elegant resorts. They opened ambitious restaurants. Together with the local residents, they’ve worked…

4 min.

Systems Analyst Very interesting article (“The Art of Collecting,” cover, July 31). However, I would add that accumulating wine without initially choosing a software management tool is folly in its finest form. To collect over a hundred bot-tles and then decide to get software, and then load the wine data, reviews, photos, etc., is mind-numbing. The data should be entered as wine is purchased. Also, the wine cellar data can be ac-cessed on a smartphone to help when making future purchases on the fly. A collection should be re-viewed every year. I use the software PWC and the won-derful tool called CoraVin, as the annual review needs ac-tual tastings of bottles to en-sure aging and drinkability. Without software and bottle sampling to help know when bottles are nearing maturity, etc., a lot…

4 min.
constellation buys schrader for $60 million

WINE FOOD PEOPLE COLLECTING It’s a marriage between one of the world’s largest wine companies and one of Napa’s most elite Cabernets. Drinks giant Constella-tion Brands has purchased Napa Valley winery Schrader Cellars. The blockbuster deal gives Constellation one of the top names in Napa, known for its Beckstoffer To Kalon cuvées and other notable bottlings. Wine Spectator has learned that the deal came with a price tag of approximately $60 million, though neither side would com-ment on that figure. The sale includes the brand and long-term contracts with vineyards. Schrader owns no vines of its own. It produces between 2,500 and 4,000 cases of Cabernet from Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer Georges III in Ruther-ford and Las Piedras Vineyard in St. Helena annually. The sale includes the 2015 and 2016 vintages, which…

2 min.
vinexpo gathers the wine world

The global wine and spirits trade gath-ered last week in Bordeaux for Vin-expo, cutting deals, debat-ing trends and celebrating top wines. It was an in-tense four days of meet-ings, gala château dinners and vertical tastings, made all the more challenging by sweltering heat. But the health of the industry was more evident than in recent years, with 2,300 exhibitors from 40 coun-tries working to woo en-thusiastic visitors. American, Chinese and French buyers dominated the attendees. Tanja Robinson, com-mercial director for Robinson & Sinclair in South Africa, said her company came to Vin-expo specifically to meet American and Chinese clients. “On our first day we signed deals with a Chinese importer and a company from Saudi Arabia,” she said. For Napa Valley growers, the event was a chance to conquer European palates. “There…

1 min.
taking on climate change

Wine Spectator kicked off Vinexpo on June 18 by gathering experts and industry pioneers to tackle one of the most critical issues facing the global wine community: climate change. Senior editor Dana Nigro served as moderator for “Fire and Rain: Climate Change and the Wine Industry.” Harvard professor and former White House sci-ence adviser John Holdren, Bodegas Torres pres-ident Miguel Torres, Italian vintner Gaia Gaja and Napa’s Kathryn Hall joined Nigro. Holdren ex-plained that the land suitable for grapegrowing will potentially shrink by 23 percent to 75 per-cent by the year 2050, and that higher average temperatures, heat waves, droughts, torrential downpours, hailstorms, pests and the effects of increased CO2 on grape chemistry will test the wine industry’s resolve. “Adaptability and resilience are extremely im-portant, but if we do not reduce emissions,…

1 min.
bordeaux enjoys a taste of spain

Spanish winemakers poured for a throng of 1,500 Vinexpo attendees at the Taste of Spain party, held in Bordeaux’s Palais de la Bourse on the city’s wa-terfront on June 19. It was an unprecedented showcasing of Spain’s distinctive wines and cuisine, gathering more than 100 leading bodegas selected by Wine Spectator and chosen to reflect regional diversity, historical leadership and ex-traordinary quality. “This is a sample of what Spain is, and the best is still around the corner,” announced chef and culinary co-chair José Andrés. “This is true for wine and for food.” Andrés and his fellow culinary co-chair, legendary chef Ferran Adrià, se-lected 12 chefs from acclaimed Spanish restaurants, to serve small plates of specialties. Despite a heat wave, the crowd swelled beyond expectations. “No one expected the event to be…