In the Oct. 15, 2014 Issue

Scotch

Scotch's flavor boundaries reach from the light and fragrant to the rich, powerful and smoky, touching every point in between. Its web of complexities is not made by a machine—the spirit is a living manifestation of a culture.

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New Zealand: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all New Zealand wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Spain: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Spanish wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Exploring Scotch - This complex wood-aged spirit has traveled the globe as an ambassador of sociability and a symbol of success. An expert look at Scotch and the many ways to enjoy it

    In the Bottle - Just three ingredients—water, barley and yeast—are used to make Scotch

    In the Glass - Ice water, ginger ale, coconut or citrus can enhance the drinking experience

    At the Table - Cheeses, chocolates, seafood and more make fine pairings

Features

    Tasting Reports

    New Zealand - Sauvignon Blanc remains the calling card, but the country's maturing wine industry is branching out

      FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing - More than 400 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

        WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Rich Reds of New Zealand: Most wine lovers think of the country for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. But Cabernet and Syrah are on the rise, from the stony soils of Gimblett Gravels in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island. Get to know the wines and region with Craggy Range's director of winemaking, Steve Smith.

    Spanish Spoils - From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, Spain's diverse bottlings are some of the wine world's most exciting values

      FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing - More than 900 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

        WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Delve deeper into Spanish wine with two of the country's leaders.

        • Mencía Madness: "Passionate" and "obsessed" start to describe winemaker Alvaro Palacios. After helping elevate Priorat to one of Spain's top wine region, he headed for Bierzo, a forgotten region in northwest Spain, where he makes brilliant wines from the Mencía grape.
        • Rioja Rules: : Executive editor Thomas Matthews talks Rioja style with Victor Urrutia of CUNE, whose 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva earned Spain's first Wine of the Year, in 2013, from Wine Spectator.

    People

    Self-Made Man - How the unconventional Charles Smith came to make some of Washington's best wines

    Wine

    Pinot's Promise - As vintners in New Zealand delve deeper into their regional terroirs, the country's Pinot Noirs are increasingly expressions of place

Grapevine

    World

    Massachusetts Approves Direct Shipping

    Online Wine Auctioneer Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

    Napa's Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm

      WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

    People

    Kurniawan Sentenced; Koch Settles

    Per Se's Michel Couvreux

    Savvy Shopper

    Reds from Tuscany, Portugal and Spain; Values from Washington

    Chocolate

    Wine Auctions

    Second-Quarter Analysis and Wine Spectator Auction Index

      WineSpectator.com: Build your cellar through smart bidding. Members can use our online Auction Price Database to track the performance of more than 10,000 collectible wines.

    Cellars / Collections

    The Oregon Home of Winemaker Chris Mazepink

Departments

    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

    This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

    Letters

    Feedback

    Columns

    James Laube - A family in wine

      WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

    A Perfect Match

    Matthew Tropeano's Braised Short Ribs with Syrah - Chef Matthew Tropeano, Pain d'Avignon, Hyannis, Mass.

The Buying Guide

For more than 308,000 tasting notes, use WineSpectator.com's Wine Ratings Search, where you can sort by region, variety, vintage, price, score and tasting date.

WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL Autumn, amid the excitement of harvest, is a great time to visit your favorite region. Wine Spectator editors provide tips on where to stay, dine, taste and tour in places as diverse as Monterey on California's coast, Long Island's East End and Provence in Southern France.

KOSHER PICKS Coming soon: One of New York's leading kosher restaurants shares a new recipe for the High Holidays, along with kosher wine suggestions to satisfy a wide range of tastes.

VIDEO CONTEST FINALISTS Hurry—you have until Sept. 1 to submit an entry for Wine Spectator's Eight Annual Video Contest, with the chance to win fantastic prizes! Then, find out who made the cut and who won viewers' top vote to earn the grand prize! On Sept. 8, the finalists are posted and voting opens to the public; the winner is revealed on Sept. 16.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Rich Reds of New Zealand: Most wine lovers think of the country for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. But Cabernet and Syrah are on the rise, from the stony soils of Gimblett Gravels in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island. Get to know the wines and region with Craggy Range's director of winemaking, Steve Smith.
  • Cool & Crisp Aussies: As many Australian winemakers opt for crisp and juicy wines over the big and ripe style for which the country has been known, cool-climate areas such as Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges are hot. Check out the Strathbogie style of Chardonnay and Shiraz with vintner Matt Fowles.
  • Pinot Style—Sonoma Coast vs. Valley: To demonstrate the impact of climate and soil, Three Sticks winemaker Don Van Staaveren compares two single-vineyard Pinot Noirs—one from Sonoma Valley and one from Sonoma Coast.

READER POLL We want to know what you think about hot topics in the world of wine, from restaurant wine service to pricing to the latest trends in wine styles and grape varieties. Vote in our polls and see your fellow readers' opinions.


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