In the Dec. 15, 2002 Issue

Wine Prices

Cover Story

California Takes on the World - During the roaring 1990s, the Golden State challenged Bordeaux as the global leader in wine prices, but does it have staying power?

California Under Pressure - With the boom times over, high-priced wines are stacking up

What's Behind the Bottle Price? - When it comes to figuring a wine's final price, production costs count, but image is the wild card

Restaurant Wrangling - Customers and sommeliers are wrestling over the wine list prices in restaurants across the country

Features

The Best Coffeemakers - A roundup of the top brewers on the market today

Split Personality - Only a river separates Spanish and Portuguese Albariño vineyards, but the wines they make are radically different

The Legacy of Walter Clore - How a child of dust-bowl Oklahoma became the father of Washington state's wine industry

4 Trailblazing Bodegas

Spain's Shifting Landscape - New wine regions show promise, and Priorat claims the high ground of quality

Homage to Barcelona - Catalonia's capital reaches the top tier of European dining

    Tasting Reports

      Domaine Courbis - Best recent wine: Cornas La Sabarotte 2000 (91, $50, 415 cases made)

      Paul Coulon & Fils - Best recent wine: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Boisrenard 2000 (95, $50, 1,000 cases made)

      Delas - Best recent wine: Hermitage White Cuveé Marquise de la Tourette 2000 (94, $50, 350 cases made)

      Domaine de la Mordorée - Best recent wine: Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de la Reine des Bois 2000 (94, $99, 1,700 cases made)

      Georges Vernay - Best recent wine: Condrieu Les Terrasses de l'Empire 2001 (93, $29, 2,080 cases made)

Departments

Embrace Your Inner Wine Snob

News

The Return of the Fetzer Boys - After selling Fetzer Vineyards a decade ago, the brothers are reentering the California wine business with a new set of projects

Near-Perfect Harvist Promises Exceptional Vintage for Burgundy

Grapevine

Federal Trade Commission Looks at State Barriers to Online Wine Sales

Colheita Madeira Makes Its Debut

Whatever happened to ... William Bonetti

Columns

Mr. Tencaity

Obsess + Excess = Success

Why Is Wine So Expensive?

Auctions

Auctions Usher in Season With Strong Sales - Vintage Bordeaux and Burgundy lead the charge into the fall season

California Often a Bellwether for Market - Hammer prices are up, but still fall well below retail

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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