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In the Aug. 31, 2007 Issue

Restaurant Awards & Dining Guide

Cover Story

The Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers
The French Laundry - Thomas Keller's Napa Valley icon reopens with a stellar new wine list
Palais Coburg - An ambitious wine cellar on an imperial scale rises in the heart of Vienna
List of Grand Award-Winning Restaurants


Tasting Reports

California Sauvignon Blanc Alphabetical List
Languedoc and Roussillon Alphabetical List
Searching Out Southern French Gems - Languedoc and Roussillon offer distinctive reds, whites and rosés
Sauvignon Blanc: Diversity & Value - California's up-and-coming white delivers a style for every taste


The New American Steak House - Fresh ideas from top chefs reinvigorate an American tradition
Keeping It Classic - Major chain steak houses rely on tradition, focusing on red meat and red wines
Steak Primer
Recommended "New" American Steak Houses


Auction Napa Valley Brings In $9.8 Million - Otherwise subdued auction sets a new record for a single bid: $1.1 million
Magnum-Sized Start to Auction Excitement - Wine Spectator's Bring Your Own Magnum parties in Sonoma and Napa herald bidding excitement



Tastes: Chocolate: I Scream



Wanna Be a Winemaker? - Wineries and custom-crush facilities help amateurs make quality wine
Australia's Hunter Valley Hit by Floods
Big Price Paid for Sonoma Pinot and Syrah Vineyard
Allegrini and U.S. Importer Buy Tuscany's Poggio San Polo


The Rise and Fall of the Mondavi Empire - A new book provides an in-depth look at how the first family of American wine lost control of their life's work

Dining Out

Dining Out: San Francisco: Salt House, Two - Going downscale without losing the quality


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Chefs Talk Organic
Tastes: Charlie Trotter In a Jar
Tastes: The World's Best Cheddar
Tastes: Hey Diddle-Diddle


Pass the Whine List
On the Cheap
On the Pinot Trail in Austria
This Issue: Great Wine Lists


A Sommelier's Cellar - A look at Cru wine director Robert Bohr's own collection
Late Spring Auctions Haul In $45 Million - Heavy competition for top lots pushes sales to record highs

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Michael Tucker

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT RATINGS Rate the award winners of our 2007 Dining Guide-our new Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite dining spots.

EDITORS' BLOGS Read about our senior editors' travels as they head to top wine regions and write about their discoveries:

  • Bruce Sanderson visited Burgundy for another look at the upcoming 2005 releases and to take a peek at the 2006s in barrel.
  • James Molesworth spent a week in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to check out the powerhouse 2005 vintage and taste through a horizontal of 1998s.

INSIDER AND ADVANCE RATINGS Get a jump on exciting new wines with our exclusive newsletters. The Insider provides a first look at our editors' latest tastings, while the Advance gives you a sneak peek at selected ratings from Wine Spectator's upcoming issue.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2007 Dining Guide, with nearly 4,000 award-winning restaurants, is searchable with our newly redesigned database-now with photos and more information.

VIDEOS Watch clips that illustrate some of this issue's stories:

HARVEST REPORTS Crush is almost under way-we'll provide updates on the expected quality of the Northern Hemisphere's top wine regions.

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