Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is a lifestyle magazine that focuses on wine and wine culture. It publishes 15 issues per year with content that includes news, articles, profiles, and general entertainment pieces. Each issue also includes from 400 to more than 1,000 wine reviews, which consist of wine ratings and tasting notes.Among the critics in the magazine's tasting panel are James Molesworth, Kim Marcus, Bruce Sanderson, Harvey Steiman, James Laube and from 1981 to 2010, James Suckling. Like most other major wine publications, the magazine rates wine on a 50-100 scale. Thomas Matthews is the executive editor.
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    • #douro14: Portugal is a Small Package with Big Surprises

      As I was nearing 16, I told my parents I didn’t want a big birthday party. I opted instead for a trip to Portugal—the best sweet sixteen gift I could ever receive. In college, I went so far as to turn down a trip to Cancun for a chance to explore historic Portuguese villages. There was no way around it, I was always dreaming of Portugal … Why the obsession with Portugal?, I ...

      Sonia Nolasco/ Catavino- 9 readers -
    • Pinot Noir drives Oregon wine economics

      Pinot Noir dominates Oregon vineyard plantings, particularly in the northern Willamette Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine) PORTLAND – Pinot Noir is plowing the way for the Oregon wine industry, which now adds more than $3.3 billion to the state’s bottom line. “There’s no question that having a powerful and unique primary grape variety really acts as a snowpl ...

      Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Winein Riesling- 8 readers -
  • M.A.N. Family Wines Bosstok Pinotage 2013

    … of concentrated, flavourful grapes”. 25% of the wine was aged in American oak barrels [20% new]. Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of black cherry, crushed black peppercorn and wisps of smoky campfire. Cherry, blackberry and earth notes wrapped around soft tannins, whilst subtle toasted oak and smoky earth comprised the velvety finish. 86…

    the buddha in your glass- 6 readers -
  • Heritage Vineyards - WOW! Is there any other way to say it?

    … books from Wine Spectator, as well as books with Greg Moore (of Moore Bros.), Matt Kramer, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. Mr. DeVito has also been the editor of many successful traditional trade books, including Strange Fruit by David Margolick, On the Shoulders of Giants by Stephen Hawking, and three titles by Malachy McCourt. Other…

    Carlo De Vito/ East Coast Wineries- 4 readers -
  • The Old School Wine Critic Is As Important as Ever

    … The last few years has seen a great deal of talk about the demise of the traditional or “Old School” wine critics, their power and their relevance. Those offering this view mean the Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, The Wine Enthusiast Magazine, etc. The observation is usually coupled with reference to the power of peer reviews, blogs and social…

    Tom Wark/ Fermentation- 5 readers -
  • Chalk Hills Estate Vineyards & Winery

    February Winery Spotlight Tasting Event >> RSVP at your local WineStyles << Please join us for a special Winery Spotlight event, featuring Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery. Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery Chalk Hill Estate is one of the most spellbinding wineries in California.

    WineStyles- 7 readers -
  • 10 MORE things Starbucks won’t tell you…

    … not want you to know that YOUR opinion about the wine you drink is the only one that matters. I find myself disagreeing with the likes of Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, and Wine Enthusiast all the time. I’m sure many of you may disagree with some of my reviews… But… You are the one that is paying for your wine. And you are the one who has…

    Stay Rad- 3 readers -
  • A Tale of Cabernet Sauvignon – Three West Coast Value Options

    … Good Cabernet Sauvignon is not especially tough to find, however good Cabernet at a reasonable price can sometimes be a challenge. Here we once again get into the endless discussion about what value means to you. Can you comfortably spend $75 and throw a Napa Cabernet on the kitchen counter every night? If so, congratulations. We can’t…

    Red Wine Please!- 6 readers -
  • Dates Set for Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2015

    … Locations and dates have been set for Wine Spectator's 2015 Grand Tour events. These stand-up/walk around tastings provide an outstanding opportunity to taste benchmark wines and meet winemakers and winery owners. Wine Spectator editors attend, a light buffet is provided and you get a souvenir Riedel glass. If you're looking to efficiently…

    Robert Dwyer/ The Wellesley Wine Press- 6 readers -
  • Celebrity Wine [Part 6]

    …, a second line called “Da Coach”, which includes a Pinot Grigio for $12, a Merlot $12, and a Cabernet Sauvignon for $20. And last but not least, a reserve-quality bottling called “Kick Ass Red” blending Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah for $50 a bottle. So get out there and have a glass of Kick Ass Red! As Coach Ditka said during an interview…

    Wine Ponder in Cabernet Sauvignon Riesling- 4 readers -
  • The Year in the Wine Family 2014--Goodbye to All That

    …, kept them locked in a closet, right next to his Wine Spectator voodoo doll (oh, yes, that Wine Spectator is full of pricks). Now, suddenly, in the past few years, Uncle Bob has started handing out his perfect scores willy-nilly. Sure, they’re his, and he can give them to whomever he pleases, but the wine family is worried he’ll give them all away…

    Ron Washam/ HoseMaster of Wine™- 4 readers -
  • The Seminar List is Out for the Boston Wine Expo!

    …: “Craft Beer Cellar Beer Smart Academy” – $30.00 4:00pm – 5:00pm: “The Cool Climate, World Class Wines of the Finger Lakes” – $30.00 4:00pm – 5:00pm: “Wine Spectator Presents… Taste Like a Pro, 201” – $35.00 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15th: 11:00am – 12:00pm: “Taste some of Italy’s Best Olive Oils” with Johnny Madge – $25.00 11:00am – 12:00pm: “The Wines…

    Red Wine Please!in Cabernet Sauvignon- 5 readers -
  • 1999 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

    … Sauvignon was named the No. 2 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. Quilceda Creek produces several single vineyard Cabernets, and they also bottled a Merlot through the ’06 vintage. Crimson in color with some bricking on the edge of the glass. 14.5% ABV. Great nose of cedar, leather and violets. Big, powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Black cherry, currants…

    Tom Lee/ Zinfandel Chroniclesin Cabernet Sauvignon- 7 readers -
  • Is Napa the New Bordeaux

    … amount of top wines are chardonnay, cabernet, merlot, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc, most from well-known producers sourcing grapes from familiar places. I’m always suspicious of such lists, for writers and critics get bored. They like something different, and they also sometime suffer from the Consumer Reports syndrome: The winner has…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Artsin Merlot- 5 readers -
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