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In the March 31, 2008 Issue

2005 Bordeaux

Cover Story

The World's Richest Vintage - 2005 Bordeaux delivers great wines at high prices, and plenty of values, too
The World's Richest Vintage: Bordeaux to Buy - Hundreds of Bordeaux estates made exciting wines in 2005. Here are 50 that deserve special attention
The World's Richest Vintage: James Suckling's Top-Scoring 2005 Bordeaux
The World's Richest Vintage: Tasting Report: 2005 Bordeaux


Northern Rhône Exposure - Cornas has always had the sunshine. A new wave of quality has brought the spotlight too
Northern Rhône Exposure: A Handful of Stars - Meet some of the top producers in Cornas, from the old guard to the new wave

Tasting Reports

California Syrah's Big Push - The Central Coast leads the way among the Golden State's Rhône-style reds
California Syrah's Big Push: Promising New Producers
1997 California Cabernets Reach a Plateau - Results are mixed, but many wines are outstanding
Bordeaux 2005 Alphabetical Listing


Haute Hudson - This beautiful New York valley offers dining to match the views


On Chenin's Trail in the Loire - Following a great white through a region known for good living and storybook landscapes



Tastes: Chocolate: The Great Brownie Debate


Tastes: Spirits: A Lesson in Liqueurs



Wine.com Conducts Stings on Other Retailers - Widely criticized move opens debate on the best way to reform wine-shipping laws
Ed Sbragia Leaves Beringer After 32 Years
Wine & Health: Light to Moderate Drinking May Help Keep Legs Healthy
European Union Agrees to Wine Industry Reform
WineSpectator.com Launches New Online Cellar Management Tool
San Francisco's Presidio Gets a Winery

Dining Out

Dining Out: San Jose: Plumed Horse, Manresa - Two gems lie in the shadow of the Santa Cruz Mountains


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Big Easy in a Bowl
Tastes: Home Delivery
Tastes: Drinking and Drying
Tastes: Miami Hot Spot: Michael's Genuine Food & Drink


No New Rules for Aging
The Fear of Austere
This Issue: 2005 Bordeaux


Naples Festival Tops Charity Wine Auctions in 2007 - Last year's Top 10 U.S. auctions gain 13 percent over 2006
Global Auction Market Tops $300 Million - Total 2007 U.S. auction house and Internet sales up 23 percent, to $210 million

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Robert Siegel

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW-PERSONAL WINE LIST:  Make a shopping list. Organize your purchases. Track the contents of your cellar. Our upgraded Personal Wine List allows you to create as many separate lists as you need and add wines from our Wine Ratings Search database (and unrated wines as well). And a new companion tool called My Cellar updates you on the value of the individual wines in your collection and your cellar's total worth.

PRINT YOUR OWN SHELF TALKERS:  Now you can label your wines clearly with Wine Spectator scores and tasting notes. Create shelf tags for your bottles using either our new Personal Wine List feature or our Wine Ratings Search database.

2006 BURGUNDY:  To guide your pre-arrival purchases, senior editor Bruce Sanderson reports from his visits to top domaines, providing cellar notes and preliminary scores for soon-to-be-bottled wines.

MORE INSIDER RATINGS:  Our popular Insider newsletter is now offered weekly. Get twice as many advance ratings for exciting new wines selected from our editors' latest tastings.

SPRING ENTERTAINING:  As the temperatures warm up, turn to our seasonal recipes and wine picks.

VIDEOS:  Our Web site features hundreds of videos:

  • Inside our tasting department:  Wine Spectator tastes more than 15,000 wines each year. Come behind the scenes, with tasting director Bruce Sanderson as your host, to see how we do it.
  • Bordeaux:  Learn more about the classic 2005 vintage as James Suckling interviews some of the region's top winemakers.
  • California Rhônes:  The state is doing great things with Syrah and other Rhône grapes. Hear about one of the hot producers, Lagier Meredith.
  • Cornas:  This Rhône appellation may be tiny, but don't overlook its Syrahs. James Molesworth takes you through the new wave of quality in his tasting.

TOP CHEFS:  Meet some of the big names in food, including Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck and many more, to find out about their first wine loves, their food-and-pairing secrets and what they stash in their personal cellar.

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

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