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"It’s taken on a golden hue, with flavors of apple and toasted lees. It’s a quiet stunner, for roast chicken," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of #VarnerWine's 2017 #SantaBarbaraCounty #ElCaminoVineyard #Chardonnay. l8r.it/Waq1 #WAndSSpotlight #CaliforniaChardonnay
We are proud to be a sponsor of @TastingClimate's series of wine-related seminars every Monday & Tuesday this month—beginning with Mon 11/8 on #regenerativeagriculture in vineyards & Tue 11/9 on #watermanagement. See the whole schedule & get your ticket: tastingclimatechange.com/en/programming…
"This is the kind of baby #VintagePort an #LBV should aspire to be: Dark-fruited, the #wine’s juicy wild-blueberry flavors have energy & supple grace," writes critic Joshua Greene of @PortWineDows' 2016 #Porto #LateBottledVintage. l8r.it/zThn #WAndSSpotlight #Portugal
Part 2 of our #WineriesToWatch of 2021: Domestic Edition, where our critics share the producers that have newly piqued their interest over the past year. l8r.it/sBEW #newkidsontheblock #RaftWines #KelbyJamesRussellWines #MatzingerDaviesWineCompany #EcholandsWinery
#WineriesToWatch is where our critics share which producers have newly piqued their interest over the past year. Read about these 10 overseas wineries (check back tomorrow for US, or pick up the #AnnualBuyingGuide, available now at a newsstand near you): l8r.it/Jtcw
"Red fruit blossoms from the #schist in this powerful, mineral-driven wine," writes critic Joshua Green of #ReservadelaTierra's 2017 #Priorat Slates of Bonmont. l8r.it/TEbl #WAndSSpotlight #Catalonia #Catalunya #WineAndSpiritsMagazine #terroir #SpanishWine #winecritic
Biodynamic malbec in the Uco Valley—read critic Corey Warren's write-up of our #wineoftheweek, Tikal 2018 Uco Valley Natural: l8r.it/PzIw #biodynamicwine #UcoValley #malbec #ArgentineWine #winecritic #wineandspiritsmagazine @tikalnatural
"Round, warm & spicy, this chardonnay’s flavors of Chinese bitter melon would place it w/ salt-and-pepper crab," writes critic Joshua Greene of @sonomacutrer's 2019 #SonomaCoast No. 40 Limited Edition Winemaker’s Release #Chardonnay. l8r.it/FlIY #WAndSSpotlight #wine
"From the high elevations of #Cafayate, this wine bursts with freshness, like blackberries in mid-summer," writes critic Corey Warren of @piattelliusa's 2019 #CafayateValley Reserve #Malbec. l8r.it/qQD7 #WAndSSpotlight #ArgentineWIne #winecritic #winetasting #wine
"It has the lovely feel of a cool rain in summer, delivering bright fruit [...] integrated into supple #tannins that last on the breath," writes critic Joshua Greene of @CS_Wines' '18 #MargaretRiver Halley & Lex #CabernetSauvignon. l8r.it/HQgv #WAndSSpotlight #wine
"A wine that smells of place, starting w/ the coniferous scent supporting black-cherry flavors, the texture polished," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of @bonterrawine's 2019 #Mendocino County #PinotNoir. l8r.it/d09K #WAndSSpotlight #CaliforniaWine #NorthCoast #wine
"This blend of #friulano, #chardonnay & #sauvignonblanc combines rich flavors of pineapple, golden apple & lemon curd with notes of lemon zest & white pepper," writes critic Stephanie Johnson of Eugenio Collavini 2018 #Collio Broy. l8r.it/vWCi @CollaviniVini #wine
"Here’s an explosive, complex #Catalan red w/ the best sort of musky stink [...] the kind of riveting aroma that makes the wine compellingly drinkable," writes critic Joshua Greene of our #wineoftheweek, @casagransiurana's 2019 #Priorat GR-174. l8r.it/Pb5X #llicorella
"It’s aromatic malbec, bursting with florals and crunchy plum flavors while retaining a certain desert coolness," writes critic Corey Warren of @ArgentoWine's 2019 #Mendoza Single Vineyard Finca Altamira #Malbec. l8r.it/Wi6K #WAndSSpotlight #ArgentineWine #winecritic
Our 35th Annual Buying Guide, on newsstands now, features not only our #Top100Wineries of 2021, but also the Premier Cru—the wineries that have earned the most Top 100 awards to date, as well as a listing of their benchmark wines. l8r.it/7mog #wineandspiritsmagazine
"The lasting impression on this wine is its drive, an electric, pulsating acidity that points to its core structure, and to a long life in the cellar," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of Ravines 2018 #FingerLakes Dry #Riesling. l8r.it/BIFf #WAndSSpotlight #NYWine
Our #wineoftheweek "channels [Corsica]’s warmth in its smooth, silky texture & smoky red-berry flavors; at the same time, the wine is brisk, saline & herbal," writes critic Tara Q. Thomas of #ClosOrnasca '18 Ajaccio: l8r.it/iT8q #sciaccarellu #nielluccio #organicwine
"Its cool tones of cider apples warm toward orange blossoms and papaya, while the richness brings to mind toasted croissant and salted butter," writes critic Joshua Greene of @LombardiWines' 2018 #SonomaCoast #Chardonnay. l8r.it/s7fd #WAndSSpotlight #CaliforniaChard
"From its first moments in the glass this is an exuberant wine, with [...] a feel of the fog as it rolls toward the inner valley," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of @TalleyVineyards's '18 #ArroyoGrandeValley The Adobe Rosemary’s & Rincon #PinotNoir. l8r.it/K9Lq
"Spicy & herbal, this has a brisk, crunchy feel to its fruit which makes it extremely palate-whetting," writes critic Tara Q. Thomas of @D_dela_Solitude's 2019 #Châteauneuf-du-Pape. l8r.it/P82p #WAndSSpotlight #RhôneValley #RhôneWine #galets #domainedelasolitude #wine
"It has #Rutherford dusty aromatics of cedar & tobacco leaf, an olive-skin savor offsetting black & red fruits," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of #PeterPaulWines' '18 #NapaValley Master’s Blend. l8r.it/Ka4y #WAndSSpotlight #cabernet #meritage #CaliforniaWine #wine
Our annual #Top100Tasting TOMORROW will feature 60 of the Top 100 Wineries of 2021. See who from No. CA be pouring their top wines at our event. There are just a few tickets left—get yours: l8r.it/ZWva #top100event #WandSTop100 #bestofthebest #winetasting #wine⁠⁠⁠
"This chardonnay impressed our panel for its flavors of fresh pears just coming into ripeness," writes critic Joshua Greene of @jordanwinery's 2019 #RussianRiverValley #Chardonnay. l8r.it/qgXE #WAndSSpotlight #JordanWinery #Jordan #CaliforniaChardonnay #wine
Our Annual Buying Guide hits newsstands today—pick up a copy to read in-depth profiles of our #Top100Wineries of 2021, as well as the #Top100Wines, #Top100BestBuys and #WineriesToWatch. l8r.it/FHLE #hotoffthepress #printmagazine #bestofthebest #wine #WAndSTop100
Three days until the Top 100 Tasting! Scroll through to see who'll be pouring their #wines for you from OR, WA & CA's Central Coast. To taste with these top craftspeople, secure your ticket now: l8r.it/fFZb #top100event #WandSTop100 #bestofthebest #winetasting
"There’s something airy about it, like open fields of grass," writes critic Corey Warren of our #wineoftheweek, #DomaineGayrard 2019 #Gaillac Loin de l’Oeil Loin de l’El. Read Warren's full write-up of this #biodynamic white from #SouthwestFrance: l8r.it/tchU #wotw
"The wine has a dark mineral note that turns succulent cherry fruit towards the softness of graphite," writes critic Corey Warren of @domaineBousquet's 2019 #Mendoza Ameri Single Vineyard #Gualtallary #Malbec. l8r.it/a4Rs #WAndSSpotlight #ArgentineWine #winecritic
We're very excited to share a selection of the winemakers & winery owners who will be pouring their #wines at next week's #Top100Tasting in San Francisco. If you don't have your ticket yet, don't delay: l8r.it/E37r #top100event #WandSTop100 #bestofthebest #winetasting
"Hints of fresh tobacco and soft green herbs accent this #wine’s flavors of black raspberry and dark chocolate," writes critic Stephanie Johnson of #PreliusWine's 2019 #Toscana #CabernetSauvignon. l8r.it/2PPd #WAndSSpotlight #wineandspiritsmagazine #Tuscany #cabernet
"Grown at Argento’s organically farmed #vineyards, this is a classic example of #malbec, suggesting why the variety took off in #Mendoza," writes critic Corey Warren of @ArgentoWine's 2019 Mendoza Estate Reserve Malbec. l8r.it/TTsY #WAndSSpotlight #wine #Argentina
Our annual Top 100 Tasting brings together the top-scoring wines from our Top 100 Wineries of the Year. Here are 6 that sit at the very top of that already elite group. Get your ticket today: eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-… #top100event #WandSTop100 #bestofthebest #winetasting #wine
We’re putting safety first for the #Top100Tasting next Thurs. in San Francisco, requiring proof of vaccination for entry & moving part of the tasting outdoors. Read more of our safety protocols: l8r.it/BMx9 We are excited to bring you a safe, fun & delicious event!
#Buckwheat is 1 of the crops rotated in at the NY distillery, @branchwaterfarm, yielding #carboncapture as part of their gin production. Just one of many ways spirits producers are going #climateneutral. Read: l8r.it/GcrL #keepingourspiritsup #regenerativeagriculture
"This is is grassy and bright, with an onion-skin savor overlying bright lemon & grapefruit," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of Cannonball 2020 #California #SauvignonBlanc. l8r.it/qGzj #WAndSSpotlight #wineandspiritsmagazine #winecritic #wine #cheers @bonterrawine
"Already appealing for its smooth texture, fresh thyme and lavender scents and crunchy purple fruit," Le Macchiole's 2019 #Bolgheri Rosso is our #wineoftheweek. Read critic Stephanie Johnson's write-up: l8r.it/PIdL #wotw #Tuscany #wine #italianwine @LMacchiole
"It comes in solidly rich, with aromas of golden apple & smoky lees. The flavors are fruit forward, tethered to a feathery minerality," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of #BluebirdHillCellars's 2019 #WillametteValley #Chardonnay. l8r.it/LG2X @BBHAlpine #ORWine #wine
"It’s tight and stony with zesty lemon-curd flavors, lasting on umami complexities," writes critic Joshua Greene of @BruceNeyers's 2018 Carneros #Sonoma County #Chardonnay. l8r.it/SDxy #WAndSSpotlight #CaliforniaChardonnay #winecritic #carnerosdistrict #wine #tasting
"Smoky and a little charry in its scent, this wine’s black fruit is juicy and clean," writes critic Joshua Greene of @Cockburns_Port's 2013 Porto Vintage Quinta dos Canais. l8r.it/4viz #WAndSSpotlight #porto #portwine #wine #winecritic #tasteportugal #fortifiedwine
Watch this space! Starting later today, we'll be sharing on IG Stories some of the wines we'll be pouring at our Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco on 10/14. Tickets available here: l8r.it/N4HY #top100event #WandSTop100 #bestofthebest #winetasting #wine⁠⁠
"This wine’s fresh-cut apple flavors follow a clean line of cool, brisk, lemony acidity," writes critic Joshua Greene of @sonomacutrer's '19 #RussianRiverValley The Cutrer #Chardonnay. l8r.it/0kUm #WAndSSpotlight #RRVWine #californiawine #winecritic #tastingnote #wine
"This wine’s pineapple and applesauce flavors have a mineral, steely edge of acidity," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of @FetzerVineyards' 2019 California Chardonnay. l8r.it/uGrK #WAndSSpotlight #californiawine #chardonnay #wineandspiritsmagazine #wine #tasting
"A showstopper," concludes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of our #wineoftheweek, @aubonclimat's 2018 #SantaMariaValley Nuits-Blanches au Bouge #Chardonnay. Read Comiskey's full write-up: l8r.it/2n9o #spooning #jimclendenen #aubonclimat #santabarbaracountywine #wotw #wine
"Despite plenty of oak influence, the wine remains lithe, structured & yet full of movement, sumptuous but not w/o a shallow-soils-minerality that lasts," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of #linguafrancawines' '18 #WillametteValley Sisters #Chardonnay. l8r.it/uEV1
David Schildknecht reports on the massive clean-up effort after the #AhrFloods, w/ small armies of producers from other parts of Germany rolling up their sleeves to pitch in—working in the vineyards, repairing equipment, salvaging barrels & bottle stocks. l8r.it/7k53
"There is something about [the Los Alamos vyd] that Chanin was born to channel, & he has the good sense to stay out of its way," writes critic Patrick J. Comiskey of our #wineoftheweek, @ChaninWine's '19 #SantaBarbaraCounty #LosAlamosVineyard #Chardonnay. l8r.it/gfDC
"[T]his blend of #cabernet & #merlot shows a tangy crunch to the blackberry & plum flavors, that ripe fruit edged with notes of fresh herbs & lively black spice," writes critic Stephanie Johnson of #tenutasettecieli's 2019 #Toscana Yantra. l8r.it/HRHe #WAndSSpotlight
"Its floral lemon scent & honeyed fruit build supple intensity over the breadth of yeast flavors [...] for grilled head-on prawns, or mussels in coconut milk & lemongrass," writes critic Joshua Greene of @CS_Wines 2018 #MargaretRiver #Chardonnay. l8r.it/Myo3 #wine
Our oral history of the rise of #SantaBarbaraCountyWine and its most charismatic leader, #JimClendenen, of @aubonclimat offers a bonus visual history of the #mullet. Read what Becky Wasserman, Bob Lindquist, Gavin Chanin & Mel Knox had to say: l8r.it/bqSk
"As the reduction blows off with air, the #wine reveals peach pit & bitter almond notes in a complex & integrated creaminess, incorporating the minerality of the lees," writes critic Joshua Greene of @BruceNeyers's 2019 #SonomaCounty 304 #Chardonnay l8r.it/MSWR
A fresh taste of Chile from ancient methods is our #wineoftheweek—and an illustration of why @Jbouchon made our #Top100Wineries list this year. Read critic Joshua Greene's full write-up of J. Bouchon 2020 Maule Salvaje #País: l8r.it/uDNx #chileanwine #oldschool
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