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In the April 30, 2015 Issue

Piero Antinori

Piero Antinori turned a 600-year-old company into one of Italy's great success stories. Now due to retire, he's turning to the next generation to continue the legacy.

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Cover Story

Tuscan Master - Balancing the ancient winemaking traditions of his native region with the demands of a modern marketplace that prizes innovation, Piero Antinori has inspired like-minded producers across the globe. Now, after a half-century in the wine business, the celebrated vintner is gradually handing the reins of the family company to his daughters

    Selected Recent Releases - High-scoring wines from Antinori's numerous vineyards and wineries, from Bolgheri to Washington state

    Antinori Abroad - The company's holdings include partnerships in Chile, Napa and beyond


    Tasting Reports

    Pride of Piedmont - Barolos from the celebrated 2010 vintage showcase purity and precision, and promise to age well for decades to come

      FREE: Piedmont Alphabetical Listing BONUS VIDEO Wines with an Altitude: Dolcetto and Barolo from G.D. Vajra: High-altitude vineyards can yield distinctive wines, especially in the right hands. Up-and-coming winemaker Giuseppe Vaira, who runs the family winery with his siblings, joins senior editor Bruce Sanderson to talk altitude, vineyards and wine in Piedmont.

    2013 White Bordeaux - In a difficult vintage for reds, the region's dry whites are worth pursuing


    California Casual - Three new San Francisco restaurants balance adventurous cuisine with a relaxed vibe Find more great restaurants with award-winning wine lists in our online Restaurant Search, with nearly 3,800 dining spots.


    In Search of Value - Forty producers from across the globe making exceptional wines for $20 or less Always on the hunt for a bargain? Browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at great prices; Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values in their region.

    Another Side of Nebbiolo - Long overshadowed by Barolo and Barbaresco to the south, the Gattinara region is putting a unique spin on Piedmont's star grape LETTER FROM EUROPE: Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers, chefs and other personalities who shape wine culture.




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    James Laube - The economics of terroir 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.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2014 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Which wines should you buy as futures from a challenging but rewarding year? Senior editor James Molesworth visits the region in March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Read his blog posts for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

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MIXED CASE Follow our team of Wine Spectator news and features writers in this opinion and advice blog, as they share thoughts on current events, tips on learning about wine and conversations with notable people in the wine business.

PASSOVER PICKS Try a new kosher recipe for the holiday, and find the latest stars among kosher wines recently rated by our editors.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Coming soon: Whether you're having family over for Easter or simply celebrating the first spring blooms and warm weather, get the season off to a fresh start with our highly rated wine picks and recipes from some of our favorite chefs.

FINAL FOUR TASTE-OFF Coming soon: Wineries near each of the 2015 NCAA Final Four contenders take on our annual challenge to predict the championship winner.

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