In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2015 Issue

How to Enjoy Wine

Wine is a vast subject, and it's in our nature to want to make sense of it, to give it some context. We like the romance of wine, but also want to understand its secrets. Now, Wine Spectator's Dr. Vinny sheds a light on the mysteries of the vine.

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

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

Cover Story

How to Enjoy Wine - You don’t need to be an expert to find pleasure in opening and sampling a delicious bottle. But in case you feel intimidated, our masked enological educator, Dr. Vinny, is here to answer your most frequently asked questions. This informative and entertaining guide will take your knowledge—and enjoyment—to the next level. Study up! Want more answers from Dr. Vinny? Our advice guru tackles all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette—three days a week on Submit your questions at or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

    Health & Well-Being Keep up to date on how wine can contribute to a healthy lifestyle with our free, biweekly Wine & Healthy Living e-letter with reports on new research and wellness tips.


    Tasting Reports

    Oregon on Top - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay shine in the exceptional 2012 vintage, revealing elegance, opulence and distinctive terroir


    Bluegrass Reborn - Southern hospitality meets up-to-the-minute culinary culture in a diverse array of restaurants, bars and lodgings in and around Louisville, Ky.


    Always in Fashion - After making their fortune with Guess jeans, the Marciano brothers are bringing their passion for style and service to the wine business







    Cellars / Collections

    2009 Bordeaux at Auction - At auction, many 2009 Bordeaux are selling well below release prices 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.


2014 Article Index

    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - Battling bottle variation 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

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2014 VINTAGE REPORTS With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator's editors provide an early look at expected quality in key regions in Europe and North America.

VALENTINE'S DAY Coming soon: Love is in the air with our guide to seductive sparkling and sweet wines, romantic recipes, top chocolates, restaurants with award-winning wine lists and more.

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RATINGS ALERTS Start the new year off right by getting the early scoop on the smartest buys and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings.

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VALUE WINES Did you resolve to stick to a tighter budget this year? You can still drink great wines without spending a lot. Check our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Values.


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