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Wine Spectator December 31, 2018

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.

United States
M Shanken Communications
R 100,60
R 578,29
15 Issues

in this issue

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Visit WineSpectator.com/123118 to find links to all of the following resources. FREE RESOURCES FOR ALL OF OUR WINESPECTATOR.COM READERS TOP 100 COUNTDOWN Join Wine Spectator’s senior editors as they discuss this year’s Top 10 in our annual video series. Plus, discover more original content. Find matching recipes and in-depth articles related to this year’s Top 10. Take a look through wine history with our full set of Top 100 lists back to 1988. ENTER OUR TOP 100 SWEEPSTAKES! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win a bottle of each of the Top 10 wines of 2017. Enter at WineSpectator.com/Sweepstakes. HOLIDAY PARTY PLANNING We’ve recruited leading chefs to share some of their favorite dishes for seasonal entertaining, while Wine Spectator editors recommend crowd-pleasing wines that won’t strain your holiday budget. WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our…

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top 100, x 30

This issue showcases our selections of the Top 100 Wines of 2018. The first list appeared 30 years ago, in 1988. The world has changed a lot since then! And yet, in wine, much remains the same. Angelo Gaja, the great vintner from Barbaresco, placed four wines in our first Top 20. Stalwarts Ridge and Spotteswoode were the two highest-ranking California Cabernets. Our Wine of the Year was CHÂTEAU Lynch-Bages, a classic Bordeaux that today is better than ever. When we compare the two eras, what strikes us most is the remarkable increase in diversity. In 1988, 45 of the Top 100 came from France; this year, France’s share of the global spotlight totals just 19. In 1988, the only wine from the Southern Hemisphere was a Chardonnay from New Zealand…

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Italian Inspiration “Piedmont’s Powerful Women” (cover, Oct. 31) was an overdue tribute to these talented women, many of whom started in the business at a young age, 20 to 30 years ago. I was already enchanted with Piedmontese wines when I attended one of the early U.S. “Barolo Boys” tours in 1991. On this tour, two of the producers had brought their daughters along. I realize that perhaps these fathers may not have been enthusiastic about handing things over to a daughter, and many of the daughters fought hard to earn their place. That singular tasting was a turning point for me when I decided that I too wanted to be in the Italian wine business. So these women not only opened a door for other women in Piedmont, but they inspired…

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Q: Should I remove all the air in the bottle before freezing it, or just cork it? A: Just cork it; for short-term storage, air won’t be a problem. More important is to have enough head room in the bottle to allow for the liquid’s expansion. (One reason why putting a full bottle of wine in a freezer is not a great idea—you run the risk of the frozen wine pushing out the cork or even shattering the bottle.) Q: I froze a bottle of Champagne. Is it still drinkable? A: Drinkable, yes. Enjoyable? Hard to say. The defrosted wine won’t be harmful to drink, but while still wines are likely to taste the same as before being frozen, sparklers tend to have a marked reduction in carbonation. Q: A bottle of wine I…

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a year later, napa and sonoma rebuild

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of 2017’s devastating California wine-country wildfires, the National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning, alerting residents of Napa and Sonoma that conditions were ripe for combustion. Though the night passed without event, fire was on everyone’s minds. The firestorms that tore through Northern California last year killed 44 people, burned 245,000 acres and destroyed 8,900 structures. One year later, wineries that were damaged have broken ground on new construction, though many were slowed by insufficient insurance policies. Sonoma residents are facing a housing shortage, with rebuilding delayed by a lack of workers. Despite those hurdles, most residents are optimistic about the future, thanks to a promising 2018 harvest and a desire to make improvements to the region. “Today’s an emotional day,” said Rene Byck of…

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drc 1945 sets auction record

Rob Rosania, a New York real-estate developer and noted wine collector, raised his paddle and left it there. “150, 160, 170, 180, 200,” auctioneer Jamie Ritchie rattled off in rapid fire, as if he were counting. Those numbers were actually thousands of dollars, salvos in a bidding war between Rosania and an unidentified online bidder at Sotheby’s Oct. 13 auction of wines from Burgundy legend Robert Drouhin’s personal cellar. The prize at stake was a bottle of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti 1945. At $558,000 (including the buyer’s premium and taxes), Rosania conceded. The final price shattered the previous auction record for a single bottle, a jeroboam of Mouton-Rothschild 1945 that sold for $310,700 in 2007. (Rosania did purchase the second 750ml bottle of Romanee-Conti 1945 in the auction, for $496,000.) “That’s…