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April 2017

Wine’s Orient Express
How China’s top wine dealer built an empire with brick, mortar and an app
Posted: Apr 24, 2017 11:00am ET
The biggest wine retailer in China is growing thanks to its wine-delivery app and its shrewd owner. Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto interviews wine retailer Robert Yang.
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Mountain Men
The Ravaille brothers run a stunning estate in France’s newest appellation
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 11:00am ET

I’ve visited a lot of vineyard estates, but when it comes to inspiring awe, few compare to the Ermitage du Pic St.-Loup in southern France. Size makes a lot of the difference. On a clear day around Pic St.-Loup—a craggy 2,159-foot-high, sharkfin-shaped mountain in the Languedoc region—the sky seems as big and blue as it gets. In all directions are the rugged lands of the Ermitage.

The owners, the Ravaille family, cultivate 110 acres of vineyards, most of which fall in the newly designated Pic St.-Loup AOC that debuts with the 2017 vintage. But their estate, spreading out from the ruins of a 13th-century castle, covers more than 1,300 acres of Mediterranean forest and the fragrant Provençal scrub known as garrigue—including the entire sheer southern face of the Pic itself.

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