Restaurant Talk: Marcello Fiorentino’s List and Heart Are in Tuscany

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Restaurant Talk: Marcello Fiorentino’s List and Heart Are in Tuscany (Wine Spectator)
The owner, chef and wine director of Marcello’s La Sirena brings Tuscan treasures to south Florida

Unfiltered: Germany’s Diverse Wine ‘Queens’ (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Italy’s Antinori family restores a 16th-century family artifact, CRAV spills more wine, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg host an on-screen dinner party, and more

Vineyard Deals: Williams Selyem Buys Sonoma History, While Sea Smoke Buys a Santa Barbara Neighbor (Wine Spectator)
Sonoma Pinot producer acquires old-vine Zinfandel property Saitone Vineyard; Sea Smoke purchases Rita’s Crown

Scientists Find Promise Treating Alzheimer’s with a Mix of Wine Compounds (Wine Spectator)
Resveratrol has shown potential, but carries side effects. What if it was combined with other polyphenols?

Owner of Bankrupt Wine Store Premier Cru Will Plead Guilty to Fraud (Wine Spectator)
John Fox, co-owner of the beleaguered California retailer, faces up to 20 years in federal prison for alleged Ponzi scheme

8 & $20 Recipe: Masala Turkey Burgers with Mango Chutney (Wine Spectator)
A tropical take on a cookout staple calls for a gulpable white wine

Exclusive: Kosta Browne Buys Cerise Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
California Pinot Noir producer acquires 60 acres of vineyards in Anderson Valley

Unfiltered: Rihanna’s Wineglass Go-Cup (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Matthew McConaughey gets Wild, and wine-auction season revs up with an ex-cellar Bouchard sale and a unique blend of Louis XIII Cognac

Turning Tables: Eataly Opens Second New York Location Downtown (Wine Spectator)
Plus, the City Winery team opens City Vineyard in Manhattan and Hell’s Kitchen winner Ariel Malone takes over the kitchen at BLT Las Vegas

Where Should You Go? Wine Country Travel Destinations (Wine Spectator)
You’re on vacation now. But what about the next one?

Silver Oak Earns First LEED Platinum Certification for Eco-Friendly Winery (Wine Spectator)
One of Napa’s most recognized producers is honored with top award for green building practices at its Oakville winery; owners strive to match the level at new Sonoma project

Sommelier Talk: Andrew Green Creates Bay-Area Master Lists (Wine Spectator)
The wine director for Spruce and the Village Pub on maintaining multiple Restaurant Award winners with different personalities

Summer Hailstorms Pummel Barolo and Monferrato Vineyards (Wine Spectator)
High winds and hail hit a large area in Piedmont; netting and lucky timing may have saved Nebbiolo crop

Unfiltered: Napa’s Newest All-Star Cabernet (Wine Spectator)
Plus, George Clooney’s wild tequila ride, Shanghai’s ice-wine sting, WineaPawlooza raises $1.7 million, and Pierre Taittinger withdraws his presidential bid

Health Watch: Secret to a Happy Marriage? Share Your Wine (Wine Spectator)
Study finds married couples with similar drinking patterns report happier relationships

8 & $20 Recipe: Ham Steaks with Peach-Tomato Succotash (Wine Spectator)
An easy peach sauce and a bright Viognier elevate a dish full of summer’s bounty

Denis Dubourdieu, Legendary Bordeaux Consulting Winemaker, Professor and Vigneron, Dies at 67 (Wine Spectator)
As a winemaker, he earned a global reputation for white wines; as an academic, he taught countless young winemakers

Piedmont’s Poderi Luigi Einaudi Buys 22 Acres in Barolo for $6.5 Million (Wine Spectator)
Deal adds 10 acres of Nebbiolo, currently farmed by A. & G. Fantino, to Einaudi’s growing portfolio

Militant Winemaker Group Attacks French Wine Cooperative (Wine Spectator)
CRAV resurfaces as masked men attack a Languedoc winery and set fire to offices

The Wine Industry May Not Be at the Conventions, but It’s Watching (Wine Spectator)
Republicans and Democrats are drinking in Cleveland and Philadelphia, while winemakers consider how the election could impact them

Unfiltered: Would You Drink a Cloned Wine? (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Champagne’s Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger runs for president in France, a multimillion-dollar bulk-wine fraud uncovered, and producer Swizz Beatz collaborates with Bacardi

Turning Tables: Maccioni Family to Bring Circo Restaurant to Dallas (Wine Spectator)
Plus, CUT Beverly Hills and Farm in Napa Valley hire new wine directors, and longtime Restaurant Award winner Pigalle in Manhattan closes

10 Bucket List–Worthy Restaurants Where Wine Wows (Wine Spectator)
Extraordinary wines can create unforgettable memories

A Battle Over Vines and Trees in Napa Valley? (Wine Spectator)
A local court hears arguments over a ballot proposal that could restrict vineyard planting

2016 Wine Auctions Up in U.S. and U.K.; Down in Hong Kong (Wine Spectator)
Global totals seem to reflect little change, but individual markets see sales surge while others drop

Barolo Burglars Steal Thousands of Bottles of Wines (Wine Spectator)
Thieves broke into two wineries in the past three weeks, swiping wine worth more than $200,000

An Open Letter to Normal Wine Lovers (Wine Spectator)
Do we wine nutters drive you crazy?

Shanken News Daily: U.S. Wine Market on Pace to Grow by More Than 20 Million Cases by 2020 (Wine Spectator)
While growth remains slow in uncertain global economy, report finds Americans continue to buy more wine

Sommelier Talk: Andy Chabot’s Wine Oasis in Moonshine Country (Wine Spectator)
Alongside the late Sam Beall, Blackberry Farm’s beverage director created one of America’s top wine destinations in tiny Walland, Tenn.

Unfiltered: Wine-Country Wedding Bells for Derek Jeter and Hannah Davis (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Pokémon Go monsters invade top restaurants and wineries, LPGA legend Cristie Kerr partners with Helen Keplinger, and rosé gummy bears become the summer’s hardest-to-find treat

Winemaker Paul Hobbs Buys a Prized Piece of Sonoma Coast (Wine Spectator)
The 42-acre Goldrock Ridge Vineyard produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

8 & $20 Recipe: Avocado-Basil Pasta with a Creamy Italian White (Wine Spectator)
Summery avocado, tomato and corn pasta brightens with Vermentino

U.S. Senate Votes Yes on National GMO Labeling Bill, but Food Activists Call It Flawed (Wine Spectator)
Vermont now mandates labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients, but Congress could have the final word

Barolo’s Vietti Winery Sold to American Businessman Kyle Krause’s Family (Wine Spectator)
The family company of Kyle Krause, owner of the Kum & Go convenience store chain, buys winery and 84 acres; winemaker Luca Currado will remain as CEO

Brexit Vote Sparks Uncertainty for Bordeaux Wine Sales (Wine Spectator)
How will the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union impact the wine trade?

Turning Tables: Joël Robuchon Plans Return to Manhattan (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Peter Dillon joins the team at Royal Mail Hotel and RPM Italian opens a D.C. location

Unfiltered: Bicicleta Wine Takes the Stage at the Tour de France (Wine Spectator)
Plus, wine in the shower? And Congressman Mike Thompson honors Napa Valley farmworkers

At Home with Doug Margerum (Wine Spectator)
The winemaker-restaurateur’s Santa Barbara home exudes laid-back elegance

Wine Spectator Reveals 2016 Restaurant Award Winners (Wine Spectator)
This year, 3,595 restaurants hailing from all 50 states and 71 other countries were recognized for their outstanding wine programs

11 Iconic Hotels and Resorts with Great Wine Lists (Wine Spectator)
Rich histories and renowned cellars make these North American dining destinations remarkable

International-Style Wines from the Canary Islands (Wine Spectator)
Why “international style” turned out all right, after all

Sommelier Talk: Victoria Kulinich Bats for Napa Cab (Wine Spectator)
The young wine director at the Restaurant at Meadowood earned a Grand Award in 2016 in the heart of vinous California

Gaja Returns to Barbaresco for Iconic Piedmont Labels (Wine Spectator)
Gaia Gaja ushers in a new era, declaring the iconic Piedmont single-vineyard reds will adhere to 100 percent Nebbiolo standard

Wine Spectator Bestows 7 New Grand Awards in 2016 (Wine Spectator)
The magazine’s highest honor for restaurants recognizes the world’s top wine programs

Unfiltered: Novak Djokovic Plans a Winery in Serbia (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Channing Tatum’s spirit is Born and Bred American, and pop star Meghan Trainor brings her favorite wine to Kathie Lee and Hoda

8 & $20 Recipe: Turkey and Strawberry Salad with Baked Goat Cheese (Wine Spectator)
This elegant summer meal makes an ideal companion for a berry-filled rosé

Minding Your Waistline? Fruits, Berries and a Little Wine May Help (Wine Spectator)
A diet including flavonoid-rich foods has been linked to healthier, less overweight study participants

Turning Tables: Besh Group Opens 3 More New Orleans Restaurants and a Rooftop Bar (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Morimoto will join the dining lineup at MGM Las Vegas

Justin Vineyards Owners Apologize for Tree Removal and Promise Amends (Wine Spectator)
Lynda and Stewart Resnick say they will donate the controversial property to conservation and plant 5,000 oaks in Paso Robles area

Quintessential American Rib Eyes and Cabernet for the Fourth of July (Wine Spectator)
Denver chef Troy Guard inspires a grill-centric, patriotic cookout; we pair it with 11 dazzling California reds

Unfiltered: Lebron James and the Cavs Pop Moët’s ‘Ohio City’ Nectar (Wine Spectator)
Plus, the Bordeaux Cup crowns new grad-school champs, Spanish soccer star Andrés Iniesta wants to send his wines to the U.S., and Bill Foley hits the ice in Las Vegas

California Scientists Identify Bug Carrying a Dreaded Vine Disease (Wine Spectator)
New research suggests an insect may be responsible for the spread of the red blotch virus

Oak Tree Removal for Vines Triggers Controversy in Paso Robles Wine Country (Wine Spectator)
Justin Vineyards and Winery is under investigation after clearing dozens of acres of old oaks; winemaker neighbors are angry and some restaurants have pulled the wines

Has Pinot Noir Peaked? (Wine Spectator)
Should we now pursue Gamay Noir?

Sommelier Talk: The Metalhead with José Andrés (Wine Spectator)
Andy Myers oversees the ThinkFoodGroup chef’s many wine lists with a song in his heart

Elvio Cogno, One of Barolo’s Greats, Dies at 79 (Wine Spectator)
Talented Italian vintner made benchmark wines at Marcarini before starting his own Piedmont estate

Unfiltered: Cool Pope Francis Says a Wedding Without Wine Is ‘an Embarrassment’ (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Tituss introduces new rosé and holds an Orlando tragedy fund-raiser, wine education comes to Italy’s primary schools, and a bottle-popping golf trick shot you’ve got to see to believe

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Lowers Diabetes Risk, But Does It Matter What You Drink? (Wine Spectator)
An in-depth analysis of research finds that wine holds a significant advantage over beer and spirits

8 & $20: Flavorful Thai Lettuce Wraps With a Crisp White (Wine Spectator)
A dry Finger Lakes Riesling complements complex flavors of spice and umami

9 Piping-Hot Pizza Places with Terrific Wine Lists (Wine Spectator)
These restaurants win no matter how you slice it

Rick Bayless’ Grilled Salmon in Peanut Salsa for Father’s Day, with Pinot Noir Wine Pairings (Wine Spectator)
Treat Dad to a crowd-pleasing Mexican dish, plus 14 California Pinot Noirs

Unfiltered: Singer Christina Milian Introduces New Summer Sparkler (Wine Spectator)
Plus, the Premier Cru creditor lawsuit settled, a death-threat investigation in Burgundy, and chef Tom Colicchio goes (back) to Washington

E. & J. Gallo Purchases Wine Brand Orin Swift Cellars (Wine Spectator)
Wine giant buys Dave Phinney’s popular brand; the winemaker will stay on-board

Pennsylvania Legalizes Winery Direct Shipping and Wine Sales in Grocery Store (Wine Spectator)
Gov. Tom Wolf signs historic bill partially privatizing the largest state-run alcohol monopoly in the U.S.

A Function of Taste (Wine Spectator)
Architect Soo Chan combines purpose and elegance in his Singapore cellar

Are You Really a Critic? (Wine Spectator)
Or are you just captious?

Roasting Meat, Fevered Bidding and Kate Upton: Auction Napa Valley Raises $14.3 Million for Charity (Wine Spectator)
In its 36th year, the Napa Valley Vintners’ event continues to be the nation’s top charity wine auction

Restaurant Talk: André Terrail Updates a Paris Classic (Wine Spectator)
The historic Tour d’Argent is an institution of French cuisine, but its young owner is keeping it fresh

California Wine Greats Celebrate at Wine Spectator’s Bring Your Own Magnum Party (Wine Spectator)
The annual event brought out some of the wine world’s icons, large-format bottles in tow

Unfiltered: The Sommelier Behind David Schwimmer’s Role on AMC’s ‘Feed the Beast’ (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Bordeaux’s La Cité du Vin opens its doors to the world, and Tour d’Argent’s old duck press finds a new home

Sonoma State University Breaks Ground on New Home for Wine Business Institute (Wine Spectator)
The Wine Spectator Learning Center will serve more than 600 students studying about the wine industry

Health Watch: Moderate Wine Consumption May Help Alzheimer’s Disease Patients (Wine Spectator)
Researchers find mortality rate lower for those who drink 2 to 3 glasses a day; also, a mixed health message for women

8 & $20 Recipe: Sesame Calamari With Red Cabbage and Grapefruit Salad (Wine Spectator)
Capture the flavors of summer with this bright, nutty seafood dish and a crisp white

Unfiltered: Christian Moueix’s 30 Years as the Face of Napa’s Dominus Estate (Wine Spectator)
Plus, Congress recognizes the Judgment of Paris, Cheech Marin’s new Mezcal habit, and bubbly charity efforts from Moët & Chandon and Riunite

Napa Valley Vintners to Host Hong Kong Wine Auction (Wine Spectator)
The organization behind Auction Napa Valley partners with Christie’s auction house to bring its Premiere Napa Valley sale to China for the first time

Firm Alleges Rudy Kurniawan Sold It $2.45 Million in Fake Burgundy, and Wine Merchants Helped (Wine Spectator)
Lawsuit accuses collectible wine experts of facilitating the sale of 132 fake bottles of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti; they deny the claims

Donn Chappellet, Pioneering Vintner of Napa Valley’s Pritchard Hill, Dies at 84 (Wine Spectator)
Leaving Los Angeles for Napa in 1967, Chappellet produced outstanding wine and put an appellation on the map

Sotheby’s Scores Big with Bill Koch’s $21.9 Million Wine Auction (Wine Spectator)
Billionaire collector offers 20,000 bottles of rarities in a sale that brings in one of the highest wine auction totals in history

8 & $20 Recipe: Pork Belly Banh Mi (Wine Spectator)
An indulgent yet fresh-flavored Vietnamese sandwich finds its foil in a Pinot Gris

Sommelier Talk: Daniel Pernice Brings Italia to Georgia (Wine Spectator)
At Osteria Mattone, the wine director is expanding the horizons of wine lovers in an Atlanta suburb

Grilled Striped Bass and White Burgundy for Memorial Day (Wine Spectator)
Ring in summer with a Newport-inspired dish and 14 lively whites

Recent Wine Auctions Show Why Hart Davis Hart Is Top Domestic House (Wine Spectator)
Focused on the American market, the 2015 domestic sales leader hosted a blockbuster Burgundy sale in April

Morley Safer, acclaimed journalist who highlighted red wine’s potential health benefits, dies at 84 (Wine Spectator)
As a 60 Minutes correspondent, Safer brought news to life; he also introduced Americans to the French Paradox

Unfiltered: Mouton Cadet Serves the Celebs of Cannes (Wine Spectator)
Plus, behind the scenes at Bill Koch’s Sotheby’s wine auction, and Napa’s Scarecrow chases off an embezzling bookkeeper

Health Watch: Deep-Fried Twinkies May Not Be So Bad, but Fish and Red Wine Are Much Better (Wine Spectator)
Plus, a team of researchers head to three bars to test whether alcohol really makes people more attractive

Health Watch: Deep-Fried Twinkies May Not Be So Bad, but Fish and Red Wine Are Much Better (Wine Spectator)
Plus, a team of researchers head to three bars to test whether alcohol really makes people more attractive

8 Great Family-Owned Restaurants With a Tradition of Wine (Wine Spectator)
At these spots, wine and dining are close to home

Silicon Valley Investment Firm Buys Majority Stake in Napa’s Far Niente Wine Estates (Wine Spectator)
GI Partners, which owns a controlling share of Duckhorn, has invested in the company founded by Gil Nickel

Reaching for Wine Ritual (Wine Spectator)
One of wine’s secret pleasures is anticipation

Aimé Guibert, Outspoken Champion of Quality Wine in France’s Languedoc, Dies at 91 (Wine Spectator)
Founder of Mas de Daumas Gassac showed that the southern region’s hillsides could produce outstanding wine

Jackson Family Wines Buys Sonoma’s Copain (Wine Spectator)
Deal marks second purchase of a notable Pinot Noir producer in a month for the company

Santa Barbara Pinot and Chardonnay Star Sandhi Wines Finds New Owner (Wine Spectator)
Charles Banks’ Terroir group sells its stake in Rajat Parr’s wine label to Steve Webster of Evening Land Vineyards and Domaine de la Côte

Unfiltered: Sabering at the Kentucky Derby with Josh Duhamel (Wine Spectator)
Plus, pop artist Bobbie Grei sings for Gérard Bertrand, and a former NFL QB-turned-vintner faces a trademark challenge

Lights! Camera! Pour! Video Contest! Wine Spectator’s 10th Annual Contest (Wine Spectator)
Share your wine story and earn great prizes

Sicily Wine Innovator Giacomo Rallo Dies at 79 (Wine Spectator)
Founder of Donnafugata was a leader in the Italian island’s renewed focus on quality wine production

2015 Bordeaux: Wine Futures Prices and Analysis (Wine Spectator)
The vintage is promising, but will the prices attract consumers? Our updated price chart reveals the best deals

Bordeaux 2015: Wine Futures Prices and Analysis (Wine Spectator)
The vintage is promising, but will the prices attract consumers? Our updated price chart reveals the best deals

8 & $20: Cilantro-Lime Mahi Mahi With a Portuguese White (Wine Spectator)
A snappy Verdelho highlights the citrus flavors in this California-inspired dish

Sommelier Talk: Rachael Lowe Dreams of Island Wines at Spiaggia (Wine Spectator)
At Tony Mantuano’s storied Chicago restaurant, the wine director is introducing diners to exciting Italian wines finally getting their due

Buy It Now: EBay Decides It’s Time to Sell Wine (Wine Spectator)
The e-commerce giant has partnered with Drync to offer 10,000 selections, but challenges to online sales remain myriad

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