The chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas (CMS-A) stepped down today and the group announced plans for an overhaul, following its earlier suspension of seven male Master Sommeliers from all activities and the resignation of another. All stand accused of sexually harassing women who were pursuing certification with the group. Three additional Master Sommeliers
A steak house from chef Nancy Silverton, the Barish, debuted Oct. 21 in the historic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel on Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard. This marks the first new restaurant from Silverton since 2013, when she added Chi Spacca to her list of ventures that includes Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Osteria Mozza.
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Carnivale du Vin Reimagined brought in big numbers, despite a difficult year for charity wine auctions. The 16th annual auction went virtual for the first time, and was live streamed via YouTube on Oct. 17. With over 300 supporters from around the country tuning in, and chef Emeril Lagasse and Foundation
High blood pressure is a significant factor behind potentially fatal conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. But a new study has found that higher intake of flavanols, a family of polyphenolic compounds found in fruits, vegetables and wine, is associated with lower blood pressure in men and women. Past research has found evidence of
After a career spanning more than 30 years at M. Shanken Communications, Thomas Matthews is stepping down as executive editor of Wine Spectator. Jeffery Lindenmuth, executive editor of sibling publication Whisky Advocate, will assume the role. The transition will take place at the end of 2020, announced Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of both
A career in wine was always waiting for Andy Erickson—he just didn’t always realize it. Growing up in Indiana, the future Screaming Eagle winemaker and enology consultant was surrounded by agriculture, but after college he moved to the Bay Area to work in the advertising industry. It only took a few client meetings in Rutherford
Harvest in Bordeaux is normally a time of celebration—the pinnacle of a growing season of hard work. Everyone on the château team joins harvesters and out-of-town guests in the vineyard to pick, often stopping for a lunch of good food and wine. This year was not quite the same. “[We had an almost] military organization
Ken Evenstad, who made his fortune in the pharmaceutical business before building one of Oregon’s most prominent wineries, Domaine Serene, died at his home Oct. 21 after a long history of chronic pulmonary issues. He was 77. Oregon’s wine industry was young when Ken and his wife, Grace, arrived 31 years ago, looking for land