Bordeaux Bargains: Offering the Best - Profiles of the 50 Bordeaux producers who made the cut for crafting great wine values
Bordeaux Downshifts in 2004 - Many wines from this less-heralded vintage offer fine value and typical style
Four Vines - In Paso Robles, a rebellious approach to serious reds
California Syrah Comes on Strong - Grenache and Viognier add luster to the state's lineup of Rhône-style wines
Cellar Notes: Northern Rhône 2005 and 2006 - After an inconsistent 2004, the region is back in form, excelling with its two latest vintages
Food: The Fight Over Foie Gras - A firsthand look at the production of this embattled luxury food
Miami Beach Grows Up - This sybarite's playground now also accommodates the discerning traveler
* Buying Guide Correction - Get a PDF with the complete wine names and notes that were misprinted on page 162 of the issue. The notes will also be reprinted in the May 15 issue of the Buying Guide.
Wine News From Around the World: Success Squeezes Châteauneuf-du-Pape - Pressure to sell vineyards is high, but not all buyers are welcome
Dining Out: San Francisco: Perbacco, Pres a Vi - Wine plays a key role at two new crowd-pleasers
Inside Wine: In the Vine Gene Pool - Vintners seek the finest clones
A Tale of Two Vintages - 1995 Bordeaux reds outshine 1996s, but both vintages offer values
The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.
EXPANDED VINTAGE CHARTS We now offer more than 35 charts in total, updated with the latest vintages and more coverage of older vintages. Scan our new vintage chart grid to get an overview of each year in the world's major wine regions, including our editors' scores and drinkability recommendations, or check the individual region charts for more details on conditions in each year. Plus, print our handy new wallet-size chart with a summary of recent and classic vintages.
GUEST BLOGGERS Join the conversation with our newest guests. Caymus Vineyards owner Chuck Wagner is blogging about life as Napa Valley winemaker. Eric Ripert, chef and owner of Le Bernardin restaurant in New York, takes you behind the scenes in an award-winning kitchen. Rocker and wine collector Maynard James Keenan has been revealing his great wine and food moments during his band Tool's tour of Europe. David Myers of Sona, a Grand Award-winning restaurant in Los Angeles, shares his experiences as a chef, from knocking on Charlie Trotter's door to how he finds inspiration and motivates his team. And renowned sommelier Larry Stone, now the general manager of Francis Coppola's Rubicon Estate, provides his take on topics such as life-altering wine experiences, the benefits of blind-tasting and corks versus other closures. As always, our senior editors are blogging on their latest tastings and dining experiences.
INSIDER AND ADVANCE RATINGS Get a jump on the most exciting new wines with our two newsletters. The biweekly Insider provides a first look at our editors' latest tastings, while Advance gives you a sneak peak at selected ratings from Wine Spectator's upcoming issue.
VIDEOS We now have more than 100 videos! This issue, learn more about California Rhône-style wines from a top Napa Syrah producer. To enhance our Bordeaux coverage, check out our entire Bordeaux channel, with interviews with renowned château owners and senior editor James Suckling's tastings of the upcoming 2005 vintage. Plus, find out what really goes into making wine with the newest updates in our Hard Labor series. You can also subscribe to Wine Spectator's weekly video podcast on iTunes.
TRAVEL FORUM Planning a spring trip to wine country or a great restaurant city? Get tips from fellow readers, or share your own, on wineries, restaurants, hotels and wine stores worth visiting. We're also covering "entertainment" so you can exchange recommendations on museums, golf courses, sporting venues and more.
WINE GAMES Test your knowledge with our Name That Wine game; we randomly select four wines and mix up their tasting notes-you find the matches. Or try What Am I Tasting?, our biweekly mystery game in which we give you a real tasting note, and you deduce the varietal, appellation and age.
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