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In the Aug. 31, 2006 Issue

Restaurant Awards

Cover Story

2006 AWARDS - New Winners and Upgrades
Honor Roll of Grand Award Winners


The Wild & Mystical Heart of Languedoc - In the beautiful realm of the Cathars, fine wine and top restaurants are key to enjoying a historic land
Lock, Stock and Bottle - Restaurant wine lockers come with valuable perks
Collecting Q & A - With Peter D. Meltzer
D.C "Hearts" Wine: Auction Raises More than $350,000 for the American Heart Association

Tasting Reports

Syrah Shines in Southern France - Two contrasting vintages provide plenty of flavors from Languedoc and Roussillon
Sauvignon Blanc's Fresh Appeal - New styles and fruit-forward flavors power the latest releases from California
Map of the Languedoc Districts


The Best Restaurants For Wine Lovers
The Dining Guide - About The Award Levels
A Global Guide to Wine-Friendly Restaurants - The 2006 Dining Guide, our largest ever, highlights 3,772 award winners
Rebuilding a Dining Destination One Bottle at a Time - New Orleans restaurants are battered but still committed to excellence
The Young Turks of Wine - A rising generation of sommeliers shapes America's best wine lists with passion and skill
Why Can't We Be Friends? - A good sommelier can be a wine lover's best buddy, but there's plenty of potential for misunderstandings and hurt feelings. We asked consumers and sommeliers for tips on how to make the relationship work.
Tipping On Wine
Grand Award: Blackberry Farm - A world-class wine destination in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
Grand Award: Restaurant Latour - One man's passion builds a wine mecca in northern New Jersey
Grand Award: Sona - A relaxed restaurant with a serious menu now boasts a wine list to match


$1 Million Lot Sets Napa Valley Auction Record - The charity fundraiser's $8.4 million tally is fueled by actress Geena Davis and Ryan Seacrest of American Idol
Napa Auction Excitement Kicks Off With Wine Spectator Parties - Napa and Sonoma vintners open their best wines and let loose in anticipation of the main event



Wineries Sprout Across America - Farmers and entrepreneurs established 460 new wineries in the past year
Syrah's Parentage Linked to Pinot Noir
Wine Takes Center Stage at New Le Cirque
Taittinger Heirs and French Bank Buy Champagne Firm
Charge Filed Against Hundred Acre Owner
Bronco Stops Making "Napa" Brands
ABCs of Kosher Wine
2006 Southern Harvest Snapshots - Vintners from Australia to South Africa evaluate the vintage


Wait and See on 2005 California Cabernet - A preview of the vintage finds elegant and balanced wines, but a large crop could make the year less than stellar


Sour Power - Boutique vinegars have all the character of fine wine


The Thrill Is Gone
You Can't Get It, but That's OK
I Have Joined the Cult
This Issue - Bigger Than Ever

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Michael Seresin

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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