There are stark contrasts between Old World wines—those from Piedmont and Tuscany in Italy and Bordeaux and Burgundy in France—and those from countries that are experiencing revivals, such as Spain, or are simply emerging, such as the table wines of Portugal or the new darling Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs of New Zealand. Yet the New World Guard is gaining respect and recognition based on the quality of its wines despite its relative lack of history and traditions.
This year's Wine Spectator Grand Tour in Las Vegas afforded guests the opportunity to compare the world's most expensive French wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy to the best the New World has to offer.
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