In the March 31, 2005 Issue

The Great Cork Debate

Features

Wine Talk: John Salley

A Brave New World of Cheddar - Americans are finally making cheddars that stand up to the British benchmark

Inside Wine: Water Hazards - Irrigating vines is a necessity for some, but a crime for others

Challengers and Incumbents in the Capital - New Washington restaurants represent a sophisticated constituency

Coming Home - Ed Sbragia's new wines are a tribute to his father

2003 Northern Rhônes - Top estates produced dense, exotic wines in this hot vintage, but watch out for inconsistency

The New Man At Mouton-Rothschild - Winemaker Phillipe Dhalluin plans to shake things up at the first-growth

Mouton's Departing Master

A Challenge for Bordeaux - In 2002, the top vintners triumphed over a difficult growing season

The Great Cork Debate

The Genie in the Bottle - The virtues of cork go beyond mere science

Cork's Time Has Passed - Twist-offs are a viable alternative to a marginal closure

The Science of Closures - Evaluating corks, twist-offs and other ways of preserving the quality of bottled wine

Sake Enters Western Wine Lists - Non-Asian restaurants are discovering a new trend for food

Sake for Beginners

Japanese Restaurants Break Away - Western and Japanese ingredients and wines are now shared in a fusion cuisine

Bridging East and West With Wine

News

A New Australian Colossus? - Foster's attempts a $2.3 billion takeover of rival Southcorp

Long Island Wine Retailer Charged With Futures Fraud

Earliest Evidence of Ancient Winemaking Found in China

Wine Spectator Ratings Now Available via Cell Phone

Grapevine

Alcohol Can't Be Blamed for Acid Reflux, Study Finds

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Keep Stance on Drinking

The Tsunami's Wake

Columns

What to do About Corks?

Mondavi: Constellation's New Star?

Bespoke Wine

A Wine Collectors' Shoot-Out

Auctions

Naples Takes Over Top Spot in 2004 - Charity wine auctions are stronger than ever

Worldwide Auctions Exceed the $100 Million Mark

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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