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Bordeaux Needs to "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee" Says Sherry-Lehmann CEO

The posh Manhattan store that introduced many of France's top wines to America aims to stay relevant in an era of gray-market wines and online retail.

Q&A: Elena Pantaleoni, the Leading Lady of "Natural Resistance"

Elena Pantaleoni inherited the La Stoppa estate in Emilia-Romagna from her parents. Today, she is a respected leader in Italy’s natural wine movement. She features in “Mondovino” filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter’s new documentary, entitled “Natural Resistance.”

Meet Tokaj Disznóko's László Mészarós

László Mészáros, managing director of Tokaj’s Disznókő estate, talks about changes in the wind for Hungary's famous sweet wines.

Sexual Fantasies in the ABC Cellar with Jim Clendenen

Jim Clendenen, the owner of Au Bon Climat (ABC) has been called “the most iconic American wine personality since Robert Mondavi." He tells Katherine Cole that his honesty and lack of "self-filter" gets him in trouble.

The Oz Clarke Interview

One of the world’s best-known wine commentators started his academic life at a Catholic girls school, ending up at Oxford University. The former actor has a string of best sellers and dozens of prestigious awards to his name.

Alfred Tesseron: The Progressive Leader of Pontet-Canet

Alfred Tesseron is a man with a twinkle in his eye and great vision. In his 20 years at the helm of Pauillac estate Château Pontet-Canet, he has introduced unconventional methods including green harvesting, biodynamics and now amphorae. He reveals the ups and downs of his career.

Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle: From Grand Marnier to Grand Designs in Chile

Meet Grand Marnier heiress Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle. Not only does she run the family business, she has expanded her family’s empire to Chile. She founded Casa Lapostolle in 1994 and is still out working the wine market while her son Charles holds down the fort at Lapostolle.

The Mugnier Interview: The Master of Musigny

Frédéric Mugnier gave up a career in engineering to restore the family's vineyards, which had been contracted out since the 1950s. Domaine Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier is now the second-largest holder of grand cru vineyard le Musigny, and the domaine produces some of the most celebrated wines in Burgundy.

The Next Generation at Domaine Chevrot

Pablo Chevrot returned to the Côte de Beaune village where he grew up to take over the reins at the family domaine in 2002. He has since converted to organics but it's not been easy, he explains.

The Interview: Life is a Cabaret For Jean-Charles Boisset

From French Rabbit Tetrapaks to grands crus Burgundy, the Boisset empire marches on, with a self-confessed dreamer at the helm.

Q&A: Moët & Chandon's Benoît Gouez

Benoît Gouez has been chef de cave at Moët & Chandon since 2005. He has made wine in California, Australia, New Zealand and southern France. It is a career path, he says, "shaped by chance encounters … and a great deal of daring."

The DRC Interview: Aubert de Villaine

Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée Conti, talks wine, music, and his involvement with Burgundy's Unesco bid.

Being Burgundian With Bruno Clair

Domaine Bruno Clair was born out of the old Clair-Daü estate, which was dismantled in the mid-1980s after difficulties over inheritance. Bruno Clair, who took over what remained of the estate, now farms 24 hectares over nine appellations.

The Force Behind Deutz Champagne

Fabrice Rosset is the heavy who rescued Champagne Deutz, built Louis Roederer’s import arm, and jazzed up the Rhône’s Delas Frêres brand. He opens up to Katherine Cole.

Hugh Johnson on His Life in Wine

From his groundbreaking 1966 book "Wine," to "The World Atlas of Wine" and the hugely successful "Pocket Wine Book," Hugh Johnson, 74, is one of the world’s best-selling wine writers. He is equally well-known in gardening circles for his work in that field. "Were I to wear a hat, I would doff it in admiration," Steven Spurrier said, when he heard Johnson had been awarded the OBE in 2007.

The Wacky World of Sean Thackrey

Sean Thackrey is an art dealer turned idiosyncratic winemaker who has won critical acclaim for his unconventional red wines: Aquila, Orion and Pleiades. Drawing inspiration from his extensive collection of ancient wine texts, Thackrey ferments some wines in open vats under the stars.

Mastering Pinot Noir at Ata Rangi

Helen Masters is the effervescent winemaker at one of New Zealand's leading pinot noir producers.

The Man Behind The Judgment of Paris

One of the most influential wine commentators in the world, Steven Spurrier sprang to fame as the organizer of the Judgment of Paris in 1976. Today, in addition to being a wine writer and consultant, he is the proprietor of a 10-hectare vineyard at his farm in Dorset.

Greg Jones Turns Up The Heat on Wine & Climate Change

U.S. scientist Greg Jones is the man credited with inventing the academic field of wine climatology, back in 1997. Today, he sits on numerous scientific committees and is an expert on the effects of climate change on viticulture. Based at Southern Oregon University, Jones was included in Decanter’s 2009 wine industry “Power List."

On the Record With Chateau Montelena's Bo Barrett

Celebrated Napa winemaker Bo Barrett has been involved in every vintage of Chateau Montelena since 1972. Since the death of his father, Jim, earlier this year, the estate has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its Judgment of Paris-winning Chardonnay has been named one of the "101 Objects That Made America."

Jacques Lardière's Oregon Adventure

In 2012, Jacques Lardière retired after 42 years as technical director of prominent Burgundy producer Maison Louis Jadot. However, the wild-haired and outspoken oenologist came out of retirement after Jadot purchased Resonance Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Katherine Cole caught up with Lardière as the Jadot team prepared for their first Oregon harvest.

The Thirstiest Girl: Leslie Sbrocco

Leslie Sbrocco describes herself as "author, consultant, TV host, and wine lover." She launched Winetoday.com for the New York Times in 1998, and since then has written "Wine for Women," and "The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide."

The Grande Dame of Wine Auctions: Serena Sutcliffe MW

Serena Sutcliffe MW has been Sotheby’s international wine specialist since 1991. In this interview with Adam Lechmere, she talks about the auction world and wine fraud, but also about music that makes her dance.

Bruce Tyrrell: The Father of the Age of Semillon

Fourth-generation producer Bruce Tyrrell runs Tyrrell's Wines in the Hunter Valley. In 1989, he provoked a family feud by holding back 1,000 cases of Vat 1 Semillon. Released seven years later, it went on to become one of Australia’s most celebrated white wines.

Living the Dream: Stéphane Derenoncourt

French wine consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt provides advice for 90 different clients all over the world, including war-torn Syria. A self-described "terroirist," he has two wineries of his own: Domaine de l'A in Bordeaux and Derenoncourt California in Napa.

Q&A: Olivier Humbrecht, France's First MW

Alsatian vintner Olivier Humbrecht of the celebrated Domaine Zind-Humbrecht talks about climate change, American wines, and why “dry riesling” may contain more residual sugar than you realize.

Nick Hetzel: The World's Newest Master Sommelier

The world's most recent entrant to the Court of Master Sommeliers talks to Rebecca Gibb about the exam, life as a somm, and what he's planning next.

Romano Dal Forno's Route From Bus Driver to Venetian King

The much-lauded Italian producer, nicknamed the "King of Valpolicella," fesses up about his reluctance to enter the wine industry.

Wine Opens New Way For Director Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez combines his acting and directing career with producing wine at Casa Dumetz. He talked to Louis Villard about the project, which carries the slogan "Ground. Grapes. Grit."

Chateau Giscours' Flying Dutchman

It's 18 years since the newly graduated Alexander Van Beek arrived in Bordeaux to pick grapes. Today, he is the general manager of two Margaux classifed growths: Châteaux Giscours and Du Tertre.
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