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In the Oct 15, 2016 Issue

Israel Wine & Travel

"The young winemakers are very knowledgeable and have traveled the world. There's a lot of sharing. ... Up until five or six years ago, [Israeli] wines were on the kosher shelf. Now they are on the Israeli shelf."—Eran Pick, Tzora

Israel: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Israeli 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.

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

Cover Story

Israel's Transformation
- Fine wine production is now part of a rich cultural tapestry as a generation of modern-minded winemakers explore what is possible in their arid land
FREE: Israel Alphabetical Listing - More than 100 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.
Climbing Higher
- Tastings of more than 120 Israeli wines available in the United States reveal outstanding bottles, both kosher and nonkosher
The Royal Equation
- The surprising history of Royal Wine Corporation, the U.S.’s largest kosher wine producer and distributor
From the Galilee to the Golan Heights
- A guide to the top wineries for hospitality, the best restaurants for local flavors, and lodgings that put you in the heart of it all

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Israel's Judean Hills: Ancient Traditions, New Wines: Learn more about the history of wine in Jewish life, the keys to kosher winemaking and what makes Israel's Judean Hills region distinctive as Eli Ben-Zaken, owner and winemaker of Domaine du Castel, joins managing editor Kim Marcus.


Tasting Reports

Spain's New Approach
- Even as delicious wines continue to flow from every winegrowing region in the country, some winemakers are pushing for labeling changes intended to emphasize terroir
FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing - More than 1,175 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: Hear from some of the leaders in Spain: Alvaro Palacios explains why he headed to near-forgotten Bierzo to make wines, while José Moro discusses the styles of Tinto Finoi made in Ribera del Duero.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Also from Rioja, Contino winemaker Jesús Madrazo compares traditional blends and modern single- variety wines, while Victor Urrutia shares the history of Cune, whose 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva was the first Spanish wine to be named Wine of the Year, in 2013, by Wine Spectator. Watch these and more.

Loire Back on Track
- After a string of lackluster years, the 2014 and 2015 vintages arrive to revive quality in this French region
FREE: Loire Alphabetical Listing - More than 300 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: Sancerre v. Pouilly-Fumé 101: Learn the differences between Sauvignon Blanc from two of the Loire's most famous appellations for the grape. Plus get pairing tips from ninth-generation vigneron Arnaud Saget of Saget La Perrière and Wine Spectator's Gloria Frazee.


Murdoch and Moraga
- Buying a vineyard and winery in Los Angeles, the octogenarian media mogul adds "vintner" to his résumé


Five for Value
- We've crunched the numbers to bring you 100 high-scoring, affordable wines from five countries that swept the values category in our recent tastings



Brexit's Impact on the Wine Trade

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


Wine Vandalism in the Languedoc
In Memoriam: Denis Dubourdieu
- Bordeaux vintner, mentor and academic
In Brief: Barolo Burglars; Synthetic Terroir?


Robert Trent Jones Jr.
- Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s appreciation for the land, from the links to the vineyard

The Environment

Vineyards and Forests Are Competing for Space in Napa and Beyond

Savvy Shopper

West Coast bargains, French Rosés and Whites from Around the World


100-Percent Cacao

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Can you have too much a good thing? Our resident chocolate expert, features editor Owen Dugan, explains what's delicious—and challenging—about 100 percent cacao in this quick tip.


Applejack Cocktails

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns and other articles about spirits.


Savoring Seattle

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Wine Auctions

First Half of 2016
- Global totals reflect little change, but individual markets see surges and dips

WineSpectator.com: What's your wine worth? Find out in our complete Auction Price Database, which tracks prices and performance for more than 10,000 of the world's most collectible and cellar-worthy wines.


FAQ: Kosher Wine

WineSpectator.com: Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to 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 WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue
- Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube
- Guenoc's Orville Magoon

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
- Drink or hold?

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.)

A Perfect Match

Roast Squab With Merlot

The Buying Guide

For more than 344,000 tasting notes, use WineSpectator.com's Wine Ratings Search, where you can sort by region, variety, vintage, price, score and tasting date.

VOTE IN THE 2016 VIDEO CONTEST! Original short wine videos have been pouring into Wine Spectator's 10th annual Video Contest. (Entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 5.) On Sept. 12, we'll post the finalists so you can vote for your favorite. The first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to our spectacular Wine Experience weekend. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 20. In the meantime, check out the entry guidelines and previous years' finalists.

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VALUE WINES Looking for wallet-friendly wines for your weeknight meals? Paying New York City rent, just bought a new house or sent a kid off to college? You can still drink great bottles without spending a lot. Check our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Values from around the world.

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