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Wine Spectator: A Look At The Top Wine Stories Of 2019

January 3, 2020

2019 was a tumultuous year in the wine world. Alcoholic beverages got caught up in global trade wars, as European wines and the U.S. businesses that sell them took a hit from tariffs—with more threatened to come. The U.S. Supreme Court revisited the contentious topic of how wine sales should be regulated by the states. Sonoma County suffered through another tough wildfire season that threatened numerous wineries, vineyards, and towns. Classic Napa and Sonoma wineries changed hands as a generation of tastemakers looks to retire, and icons of California, France, and Italy passed away.

Crime and wine continue to be a classic pairing, and this year was no exception—an alleged scheme that lured enophiles with some of the top names in wine and food has ended up in the courts. And a well-known Napa vintner landed himself in the middle of a college-admissions scandal that grabbed the nation’s attention.

The year did have plenty of lighter moments as well: Napa got some time in the Hollywood spotlight as comic Amy Poehler’s directorial debut focused on a friends’ trip to wine country. Other celebrities like P!nk, Sarah Jessica Parker, and John Legend have been trying their hand at winemaking and chatted with Wine Spectator about their projects and inspirations. The magazine also broke new ground on a number of health-related stories on wine. Click here for a list of the most widely read WineSpectator.com stories of 2019.

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