Our Favorite Day of the Year

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by Tara Q. Thomas

Today is our favorite day of the year.

This evening, the Top 100 Wineries of 2014 will be pouring their top wines at City View at METREON in San Francisco. Guests will flow in the door and head for the patio, where they can sip Champagne and sparkling wine from some of the greatest producers in the world, and eat oysters as fast as the Hog Island guys can shuck them. As the sun sets over the city, they’ll head inside to take in the multiple offerings from more Top Wineries pouring everything from German rieslings to Sonoma chardonnay; Rioja and Barolo to Napa Valley cabernet. In many cases, the winemakers themselves are pouring the wines—Rudy von Strasser of von Strasser . . . Continue reading →

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Gentle Chileans

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 by Tara Q. Thomas

“This is what I always loved about Chilean cabernet sauvignon,” said Josh Greene, W&S’s editor. “It was the only place in the world where cabernet sauvignon could be delicate.”

Joshua Greene (center) with Tara Q. Thomas (left)
Joshua Greene (center) with Tara Q. Thomas (left)

Greene made this remark over a glass of 1998 Don Melchor from Concha y Toro’s Puente Alto Vineyard, at a dinner he hosted with Patricio Tapia, the magazine’s critic for South American wines, and Marcelo Papa, the chief winemaker at Puente Alto. Papa joined the winemaking team at Concha y Toro in 1998, at the start of a great run:  Concha y Toro has made the W&S Top 100 Wineries list every year since 1997.  (Only Penfolds in Australia has made the list more often, with 23 appearances.) With Papa and Tapia in NY—plus Ruth van Waerebeek, the chef-in-residence at . . . Continue reading →

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A Top 100 Nightcap

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 by Luke Sykora

Cocktail Recipes from Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 After Party

Champagne, ribolla, Volnay, Walla Walla syrah, Howell Mountain zin, Tokaji…by the end of this year’s Top 100 tasting in San Francisco, the last thing anyone needed was another glass of wine. So we headed to the nearby W Hotel, where we had reserved its modish second-floor bar for our after party.

Erik Tennyson behind the bar at the W Hotel
Erik Tennyson behind the bar at the W Hotel

Wine & Spirits’ new West Coast tasting coordinator, Erik Tennyson, was behind that bar. He’d been working for days on some cocktails worthy of the discerning crowd. A few spirit producers also chipped into the cause: Anchor Distilling, Charbay and Domaine Select Wine Estates donated bottles of Braulio Alpino Amaro, Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Bourbon, Hophead Vodka, Junipero Gin, Tequila Tapatio and Luxardo Aperitivo.

Luxardo Spritz
Luxardo Spritz

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Tenth Anniversary of the Top 100 Tasting

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 by Joshua Greene

If you’re going to San Francisco…

You can meet a slew of world-renowned winemakers on Tuesday at our Top 100 event, a benefit for San Francisco Baykeeper.

Here’s a list of just some of the Top 100 winemakers attending the event, all of them pouring their top-rated wines in Wine & Spirits.

Yves Cuilleron, Les Vins de Vienne
Yves Cuilleron, Les Vins de Vienne
Traveling from France, Yves Cuilleron of the Rhône’s Les Vins de Vienne and Didier Depond, who runs Champagne Delamotte, will be there.

Valter Fissore, Elvio Cogno
Valter Fissore, Elvio Cogno
Valter Fissore is in from Barolo, where he grows and makes the Elvio Cogno wines; Martin Foradori Hofstätter joins us from J. Hofstätter in Alto Adige.

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Zombie Body Parts Discovered in NY Recording Studio

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 by Joshua Greene

The dead arm fallen off some Halloween zombie costume last seen in the Adelaide Hills turned up in an accountant’s document case at Providence, a recording studio in Manhattan’s midtown west.

The black case was traveling with Chester Osborn, the golden-locked impresario of McLaren Vale, who stopped in New York City recently to celebrate one hundred years of survival at d’Arenberg. Hauled along by Kath, Osborn’s equally blond other half, the document case included other not-quite-alive denizens: green plastic lizards, red velvet hermit crabs, a pixie’s hat, a galvo garage sized for a hamster and his kin.

Osborn, who has made his living and his name on an ever-expanding portfolio of wines with fantastical names, was using the occasion to unveil . . . Continue reading →

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