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In the May 31, 2015 Issue

Ken Wright

For over 30 years Ken Wright has exerted a huge influence on Oregon's winemaking and has been on the cutting edge of vineyard improvements. Today, he shows no signs of stopping.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

The Wright Stuff - Lured by the promise of Oregon Pinot Noir, winemaker Ken Wright moved to the state in 1985 with little more than a truck and several barrels of California Cabernet and Merlot to sell. Now, after nearly three decades in the Pacific Northwest, Wright has cemented his legacy as a luminary of Oregon viticulture and terroir
Giving Back - Building community is part of the Wright family philosophy
Sites Unseen - Wright was instrumental in identifying and establishing six sub-appellations in northern Willamette Valley: Yamhill-Carlton, Chehalem Mountains, Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills, McMinnville and Eola-Amity Hills

Features

Tasting Reports

Chile's Quest - World-class wines and a reputation for value define this South American leader
FREE: Chile Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Chile Alphabetical Listing - More than 340 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.

Pan American - A new chapter in California wine for pioneering Chilean importer Alex Guarachi
Beyond Nouveau - Beaujolais is making a comeback with charming, food-friendly reds
FREE: Beaujolais Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Beaujolais Alphabetical Listing - More than 115 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.

Beaujolais 101
A Taste of Campania - Distinctive indigenous whites and reds abound in this southern Italian region
FREE: Campania Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Campania Alphabetical Listing - More than 145 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: Keys to Campania Coming soon: Quick Tip From the Tasting Room: Senior editor Alison Napjus provides a 90-second introduction to Campania's key white and red wines, along with perfect pairings for each.

Entertaining

All the Fixin's - Local ingredients enrich casual dining favorites in this springtime menu from N.Y.'s Finger Lakes

People

Lighting the Way - At their Burgundy négoce Lucien Le Moine, Mounir Saouma and Rotem Brakin bring experimental techniques to a traditional region

Grapevine

Business

Calorie Counts Come to Restaurant Wine Lists

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

World

Douro Dam Raises Concerns Among Vintners
In Brief: A Scandalous Glass and New Investors in Pinot
U.S. Buying More Wine at the Grocery Store

People

Ryan Seacrest - Ryan Seacrest has a serious affection for the wines of California and Bordeaux

Science

The Origins of Humans' Taste for Alcohol
A Wild Taste for Alcohol

Savvy Shopper

Chilean Values and Indigenous Varieties From Italy, France and Spain

Cheese

Building a Classic Plate

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on cheese.

Chocolate

Tempering

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on chocolate.

Things We Like

Gifts for Wine Lovers

Wine Auctions

Lyric Opera Of Chicago Wine Auction Nets $1.8 Million

Cellars / Collections

A Poolside Collection - Roland and Missy Boney constructed their wine cellar in a pool house

WineSpectator.com: Want to build up your cellar? Sign up for our free Collecting & Auctions email. Get a new collectible wine pick in each edition, plus expert tips on collecting, news and analysis.

Departments

FAQ: Party Planning

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube - Napa's dazzling 2013 Cabernets

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.

Matt Kramer - How palates evolve

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

James Molesworth - Striking a balance

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2014 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Which wines should you buy as futures? Senior editor James Molesworth visited Bordeaux in late March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Read his on-the-scene blogs for highlights. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of reds, whites and sweet wines.

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SPRING ENTERTAINING Having guests over to enjoy the warm weather? Keep everyone happy with our editors' latest value wine picks and delicious recipes from great chefs and cookbook authors.

HEALTH ON THE MENU You don't have to forgo delicious food to stay fit! Try Joël Robuchon's zero-deprivation diet with two seafood recipes from his new book. Or check out menus from George Mendes of Aldea in New York and French chef Michel Guerard, known for his delicious spa cuisine. Wine Spectator shares wine matches for each of the dishes.

GRAND TOUR This spring, Wine Spectator hits the road with more than 200 of the world's finest wineries, making stops in Chicago (April 30), Las Vegas (May 2) and Dallas (May 8) to pour top bottles for wine lovers. If you can't make it this time, read all about it and check out the photos of who was there.

MOBILE-FRIENDLY WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO You can now watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions about Paso Robles, a leading California region for Syrah, Grenache and other Rhône varieties:

  • JUSTIN SMITH OF SAXUM: The thoughtful man behind the red blend named Wine Spectator's 2010 Wine of the Year shares what it means to be a winemaker.
  • COMPARING GRENACHE AND SYRAH, With Austin Hope: A great way to learn is to taste two wines from the same producer and vintage side by side. To help you decode the differences, Hope pours and discusses two key Rhône reds.


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