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In the Sept. 30, 2017 Issue

Napa Valley: Touring & Tasting

Napa Valley is the magic kingdom of American wine. It has everything wine lovers prize, from world-class dining to top-flight tasting and touring. And its natural beauty puts it on the scale of a national treasure such as Yosemite.

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

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

Cover Story

Napa Valley - No wine region in America rivals the allure of Napa, where exceptional Cabernet and Chardonnay are set against a backdrop of luxury hotels, enticing restaurants and unique winery tours. Let Wine Spectator guide you to the best the valley has to offer
Napa Valley Map - A geographic overview of the venues across the valley
Insider's Tour - A longtime valley resident provides crib notes for making the most of your wine country visit
Great Escapes - The region's best resorts offer guests creature comforts and elegant amenities in beautiful settings
Top Tables - Want some food to pair with your wine? Napa Valley restaurants are world-class
Top Table - For 40 years, the French Laundry has led the way in Napa Valley
Boomtown - The city of Napa has seen a renaissance in recent years, with new eateries, wine bars and markets
Restaurant Award Winners
Napa, Then and Now - A look at the valley's evolution across 200 years of history
AVA 411 - Across 16 appellations and home to more than 450 wineries, Napa's diverse terroirs yield a cornucopia of wines
Sampling at the Source - Winery tours offer unforgettable tasting experiences
Future Shock - As tourism ramps up and land prices skyrocket, can Napa look ahead while honoring and preserving its past?

WineSpectator.com: Planning a tasting trip to a wine region? Let Wine Spectator's writers and editors be your guides. We have detailed information on many wonderful wineries to visit, places to stay and restaurants you don't want to miss in 17 major wine destinations in North America.

Features

Tasting Reports

Dynamic Duo - The 2015 and 2014 white Burgundies represent the region's best back-to-back vintages in a generation, with an abundance of top-tier Chardonnays
FREE: White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing - More than 565 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.
Pouilly-Fuissé Comeback - Battling a tarnished image, the appellation is gaining a reputation for nuanced whites

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Compare two Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnays with senior editor Bruce Sanderson and Château Fuissé's Philip Tuinder.

Quality Surge - California Pinot Noir continues its ascent, with increasing quantities of high quality wines from trailblazing producers throughout the state

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Donum Estate winemaker Anne Moller-Racke shares her strategies for pairing with two styles of California Pinot Noir

FREE: California Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing - More than 700 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.

Grapevine

Harvest at Castiglion del Bosco

Business

Constellation Purchases Napa's Schrader Cellars

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

World

Bordeaux Enjoys a Taste of Spain
Taking On Climate Change
Global Wine Summit at Vinexpo

Savvy Shopper

Loire Highlights, Tuscan Beauties, New World Bargains

Cheese

Turophilic Microbiology - Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.

Travel

Riesling Weeks in Germany, Harvest at Castiglion del Bosco, Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
Drew Barrymore

Departments

FAQ: Napa Valley Architecture

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This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube - Caymus looks ahead

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 right way to buy wine

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 - Christian Moueix's Napa odyssey

WineSpectator.com: Get the latest news and release prices for the top châteaus of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage.

A Perfect Match

Chicken with Mencía

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.


WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL Planning a tasting trip to a wine region? Let Wine Spectator's writers and editors be your guides. We have detailed information on great wineries to visit, the best places to stay and restaurants you won't want to miss in 17 major wine destinations in North America.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Throwing a party? We recruit leading chefs and cookbook authors to share some of their favorite crowd-pleasing recipes so you can spend more time with your guests. Plus, Wine Spectator editors pick well-priced, highly rated wines to enjoy over the long weekend without straining your wallet.

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WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great 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 to our collection:

  • Pinot Pairing: Donum Estate winemaker Anne Moller-Racke shares her strategies for pairing food with two styles of California Pinot Noir.
  • Serving Chardonnay: Kendall-Jackson winemaster Randy Ullom suggests drinking Chardonnay slightly warmer than other whites.
  • Napa's Stagecoach Vineyard: In this vlog, drive along with winemaker Helen Keplinger for a glimpse at just how big this Pritchard Hill site is.


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