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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


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

The Rhône Continues Its Run - 2000 is the third strong vintage in a row for France's Rhône Valley, and 2001 looks promising, too
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)


Embrace Your Inner Wine Snob


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
Federal Trade Commission Looks at State Barriers to Online Wine Sales
Colheita Madeira Makes Its Debut
Whatever happened to ... William Bonetti


Obsess + Excess = Success
Why Is Wine So Expensive?
Mr. Tenacity


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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