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In the June 15, 2016 Issue

Sonoma Travel

Your passion for a specific varietal is the best map to follow on your trip to Sonoma wine country. The county is a hot spot for elegant Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, distinctive Cabernet Sauvignons and old-vine Zinfandels.

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

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

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

Cover Story

Go Sonoma
- Few regions of the world offer wine lovers as much diversity as Sonoma County, where myriad terroirs play host to a cornucopia of grapes and wine styles. You can try them all, of course, but a good strategy for visiting is to focus on a favorite grape and the wineries that do it best. Our guide to Sonoma wine country does the mapping for you, pointing you to the top producers of four popular varieties
Pinot Noir
Chardonnay
Cabernet Sauvignon
Zinfandel
Where to Stay, Eat and Taste
- Travelers to Sonoma can expect fine lodgings, sophisticated menus and a warm welcome at tasting rooms and wineries. We profile some experiences not to be missed

WineSpectator.com: Find other restaurants, in wine country and around the world, that have great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. From more than 3,600 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Features

Tasting Reports

Best of the Cape
- As South African winemakers explore various combinations of grape type and terroir, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon rise to the top
FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing - More than 370 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.
New Faces in South African Wine
- Profiles of four young wineries that are coming on strong
American Bubblies
- The warm weather months have become sparkling wine's second season, and U.S. producers are ready with refreshing, well-priced examples
FREE: U.S. Sparkling Alphabetical Listing - More than 85 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.
Southern Oregon
FREE: Southern Oregon Alphabetical Listing - More than 70 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.

People

Case by Case
- Attorney David Boies lays down the law in the courtroom, cellar and vineyard

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Grapevine

FAQ: Wine and Weddings
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World

California Arsenic Suit Thrown Out

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

People

In Memoriam
- Margaux's Paul Pontallier

Savvy Shopper

White Burgundy, Southern Hemisphere Reds and Whites

Travel

Eating Out on Long Island's East End

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,600 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Retrospective

Cos-d'Estournel

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue
- Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube
- My wine diet

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
- The ardor for rosé

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
- Bordeaux goes green

A Perfect Match

Crab Cakes and Rémoulade with Chardonnay

The Buying Guide


For more than 339,000 tasting notes, use WineSpectator.com's Wine Ratings Search, where you can sort by region, variety, vintage, price, score and tasting date.

PARTY PLANNING Organizing a luxurious treat for Mother's Day? Hosting a barbecue bash on Memorial Day? We highlight delicious new recipes to try and point you to great wines for the occasion. Check out our seasonal features for pairing suggestions with well-priced, new-release wines recommend by our editors.

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GRAND TOUR This spring Wine Spectator hit the road with more than 240 of the world's finest wineries, making stops in New York, Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas. If you missed it this time, check out our photo gallery for all the highlights.

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Best of Barolo—Wine and Family: More than a simple beverage, wine encompasses family and tradition, great grapes and inspired winemaking. Meet Elisa Scavino who shares her family's story and their outstanding Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric dël Fiasc 2010.
  • South African Mash Up—Chenin Blanc vs. Pinotage: What happens when two winemakers from Stellenbosch match wits while describing their favorite varieties? Enjoy the debate between De Morgenzon's Carl Van Der Merwe and Kanonkop's Abrie Beeslaar.
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2015 BORDEAUX BARRELS France's famed wine region has its best vintage since the classic 2010. Which appellations fared best during the largely hot and dry growing season and late-season rains? Which 2015s will be worth buying as futures? James Molesworth visited the region in March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Get his scores and notes for more than 250 reds, dry whites and sweet wines, plus more insights, in his blogs.

NOTES ON NEW RELEASES Looking for great summer sippers? We recommend refreshing rosés, warm-weather whites, juicy barbecue reds, under-$20 values and more. Get the latest reviews each week in our Tasting Highlights.



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