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In the Dec. 15, 2007 Issue

1997 Italy Retrospective

Cover Story

Golden Vintage, Golden Wines - 10 years after the harvest, 1997 remains the standard for modern Italian wine
Golden Vintage, Golden Wines: Reflections on 1997 - Seven top Italian producers look back on a landmark vintage
Golden Vintage, Golden Wines: James Suckling's Top-Scoring Wines: 1997 Italy Retrospective


Tasting Reports

Malbec Laps The Field - With this red's dominance of the Argentine market, can diversity keep up with quality?
Riesling Takes the Lead - Australian whites deliver quality and diversity
Piedmont's Atypical Quality - Surprising 2003 Barolos set the tone with delicious fruit flavors
Spain's Ascent of Quality - A series of great vintages delivers better wines
Argentina Alphabetical Listing


Mario Batali Goes West - The New York chef opens outposts in Los Angeles and Las Vegas
The Joy of Pairing - Three top California chefs discuss cooking with wine in mind


Gifts They Can Use


No Surrender - Bernard Magrez may be the most ambitious—and controversial— man in Bordeaux
Finding Success on a Shoestring - Ulises Valdez left a Mexican village to become one of Sonoma's most respected growers



Tastes: Chocolate: What's Weird?



Ohio Curtails Residents' Direct Wine Shipments - New law prohibits home delivery from larger producers
Wine & Health: Mediterranean Diet Helps Alzheimer's Patients Live Longer
"A Toast to the Little Guys" Wins First Wine Spectator Video Contest
Italian Finds Success With Pinot Noir in Argentina
Château Pétrus Winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet Retires
Stars of Food and Film Team Up For Cooking Show


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Espresso Change-o
Tastes: Los Angeles Hot Spot: Craft
Tastes: Wine in a Box ... in a Box


Blind Vision
How Greatness Happens
Making a Case for Champagne at the Table
The Best White Wine That You're Not Drinking
This Issue: A Benchmark Vintage From Italy


Gold at Discount Prices - Most Italian wines from the 1997 vintage are still affordable
Fall Auctions Are Off to a Strong Start - Fine-wine sales appear unfazed by Wall Street worries

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Don Garber

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW-TRADING POST  Find special wine offers, including great values and hard-to-find collectibles, from a select group of premier retailers. Search by wine or winery or sort by specific criteria. Our retailers' offers change frequently, so check in often for the best deals.

RHÔNE BLOG  Senior editor James Molesworth will be blogging during his trip through the Northern Rhône Valley, where he'll be tasting the last of the bottled 2005s. He'll also get a first look at the 2006 vintage and a sneak peek at the just-fermented 2007s. Get the scoop on the wines to look for.

WINERY SEARCH  Plan your tour through wine country using our recently revamped Winery Search tool-now with reviews, photos and interactive maps. Search by region to find out which wineries are near you, and get information on hours of operation, tours and tasting fees.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN:  On Nov. 12, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2007, culminating in the Wine of the Year on Nov. 16. The complete Top 100 list will follow on Nov. 19. The names of the wines will be available to all our readers, but you must be a subscriber to get the tasting notes. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

TAKE THE CHALLENGE  We're putting your wine knowledge to the test with our fun new wine quiz. See how well you do against other readers.

VIDEOS:  We now have more than 175 videos, including ones on:

  • Argentina: Get the scoop on three hot picks, plus top producers and regions.
  • 2003 Barolo: Learn about a pair of the best wines from this unusually hot vintage in Piedmont.
  • Spain: Discover the country's revolutionary new wines with vintner Miguel Torres Jr.
  • Italy: Find out why 1997 was a watershed year for the country from producers such as Antinori, Frescobaldi and Gaja.

TURKEY TIPS  Get seasonal recipes and fresh ideas for your holiday meal, plus recommended wine matches for the bird and all its trimmings.

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