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In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2005 Issue

Editor's Picks


Wine Talk: Jim Belushi

Classic Chili - An all-American dish born on the campfire

Cru and Bottega del Vino - Two new Manhattan restaurants center the dining experience around wine

Syrah's Banner Year - In 202, Rhône Valley grapes star in California

Local Favorites in Piedmont - To find the best trattorias, follow the winemakers

The Great, the Good and the Ugly in Piedmont - Snap up the 2000 Nebbiolos, choose carefully in 2001 and forget about 2002

A New Force in Barolo - A classic debut for Barbaresco's La Spinetta

Editor's Picks 2005 - A worldwide roundup, accompanied by new and expanded vintage charts

Time Traveling - Vintage charts assess quality and offer a time frame to enjoy the fruits of the harvest

Alsace - Two fine vintages to choose from

Argentina - Back-to back success

Australia - 2002 vintage delievers balanced wines, good values

Bordeaux - 2001 is a sleeper vintage

Burgundy - Both reds and whites excel in 2002

California Cabernet - To find the best, head for Napa

California Chardonnay - Strength lies in diversity

California's Bounty - There's a world of wine beyond Cabernet and Chardonnay

Champagne - A choice of styles

Chile - Bet on the odd-number vintages

Germany - A double play yields distinctive styles

Loire Valley - Grab 2002 while you can

Oregon - PInot Noir hits the sweet spot in 2002

Rhone Valley - Search for 2000 and 2001

South Africa - Rapid progress spotlights Syrah

Spain - Focus on 2001

Tuscany - In 2001, Sangiovese excelled

Vintage Port - Waiting for 2003

Global Survey - A wide world of flavor

Sweet Home Chicago - The 2004 California Wine Experience unites generations of winemakers and wine lovers

The Mentzelopoulos Years at Château Margaux

The Top 10 Tasting

Celebrity Chefs Smack Down

Shafer's Silver Anniversary

Barolo's 100-Point Vintage

Eight Top Syrahs From Around the World

Legendary Tokaji Tasting

Red, White and Blues Brothers


High Court Hears Wine-Shipping Cases - Justices question restrictions in Michigan and New York

Court Convicts Three Men in Burgundy Fraud Trial


2004 Vintage Report Card

Wine Spectator School Offers Bordeaux Course

Research Links Red Wine to Healthier Lungs

In San Francisco, an Automat for Wine


Moving Targets

Fear vs. Conviction

Classic Twins

Editor's Picks and Vintage Charts


Raising a Cup - Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque skates on for wine

Dollars Fly as Bidders Seek to Secure Rarities - As fewer bottlings of older vintages appear, paddles in the air increase

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.


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