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||2015 New Releases
Every month we review dozens of different wines produced around the world, from inexpensive Malbecs to pricey Pinot Noirs. Get tasting notes, ratings and prices.
UNESCO Declares Two French Wine Regions As World Heritage Sites
Champagne and Burgundy vineyards were granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status on July 4, 2015. France is now home to 41 such sites.
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ROAD & WINE
Two Generations of Trefethen Family Auto Racers
Lorenzo Trefethen, third-generation vintner and vice president of Trefethen Family Vineyards, took first place at the prestigious Pirelli World Challenge Porsche GT Club Class, with his No. 13 Trefethen Vineyards Porsche 911 GT Cup race car. He follows in the footsteps of his father, John Trefethen who races in the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy and is currently ranked No. 1 in the Platinum Masters class.
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The Court of Master Sommeliers Inductees
The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas welcomed seven new members in May 2015. The three-part Master Sommelier Diploma Examination includes a blind tasting of six wines in 25 minutes. The resulting certificate is the highest distinction given to a professional in the beverage service industry.
Learn about the new Master Sommeliers
THE BEST SPIRITS, NEAT
Top 10 Spirits
This lineup includes a bourbon from Colorado, a mezcal made according to ancient Mexican methods and a gin that is blended with pure Icelandic water. On-trend but not trendy, GAYOT's list is in a class of its own.
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NEW WINE APPELLATION IN OREGON
The Walla Walla Valley has New Viticultural Areas
Oregon has a new American Viticultural Area (AVA), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced this February. The appellation of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater lies in the Walla Walla Valley in northeastern Oregon, near the Washington border. The AVA includes 19 vineyards, like TERO Estates and Watermill Winery.
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|DEFINING PASO ROBLES
Paso Robles Establishes 11 New Viticultural Areas
On October 9, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published a final ruling establishing 11 new viticultural sub-areas nested within the greater Paso Robles American Viticultural Area.
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|A Taste of Aquaoir
Mira Winery in Napa Valley recently experimented with aging their wines underwater. We got a chance to sample the "Aquaoir-aged" Cabernet Sauvignon at A.O.C. wine bar in Los Angeles as part of a tasting tour.
|Mama Walker's Breakfast-Inspired Liqueurs
Want some bacon in your cocktail? How about a donut? Learn more about Mama Walker's three new liqueurs from Pernod Ricard: Maple Bacon, Glazed Donut and Blueberry Pancake.
Iron Horse Chinese Cuvée Served at US-China Summit
Is Aquaoir the New Terroir?
Yao Ming Launches Eponymous Wine Label
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to Launch Own Rosé
George Clooney and Rande Gerber Launch Casamigos Tequila
Champagne House Sponsors Critics' Choice Movie Awards
The Balvenie Fifty
The Birth of a New Wine Label
Champagne Perrier-Jouet Unveils 2004 Belle Epoque Florale Edition
A Sneak Prévu of a New Liqueur
Hennessy Unveils Futura-Designed Cognac Bottle