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In the April 30, 2008 Issue

Great California Values

Cover Story

Great California Values - How to beat high prices and find the best the golden state has to offer

Great California Values: Outstanding Value Producers

Great California Values: 189 California Values at a Glance


    Tasting Reports

    Extreme Riesling - German winegrowers were surprised by an early, short 2006 vintage

    A Pair of Aces - Syrah and Chenin Blanc lead South Africa's strong hand



    Trusting Altesino - Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini is gently improving one of Montalcino's best wineries








    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW CELLAR MANAGEMENT TOOLS:  Track the value of your cellar. Make a shopping list of highly rated wines. Organize your collection in a personal database. Our upgraded Personal Wine List allows you to create as many separate lists as you need and add wines from our searchable Wine Ratings database (and unrated wines as well). And a new companion tool called My Cellar keeps you up to date on the value of your individual wines 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 or our Wine Ratings Search database.

2007 BORDEAUX:  Find out which wines are worth buying. European bureau chief James Suckling reports from Bordeaux on his barrel tastings of this challenging vintage.

SANTA BARBARA:  Senior editor James Laube previews the region's Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and other wines being sold as futures.

VIDEOS:  We now have hundreds of videos on our site, including new ones that feature:

  • Bordeaux:  Château Pontet-Canet's wines stand out vintage after vintage. Take a tour of this fifth-growth Pauillac estate with Alfred Tesseron, who has revolutionized its quality.
  • South Africa:  Learn more about this country's distinctive wines with senior editor James Molesworth as he tastes and matches them with South African cuisine at Xai Xai restaurant in New York.
  • Tuscany:  What does it take to be a top Brunello producer Altesino owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini tells you all about it.

SOMMELIER STARS:  Meet the wine directors at the world's most wine-friendly restaurants, from the French Laundry to Cru and beyond. Find out how their cellars earned Wine Spectator awards, how they fell in love with wine, and what they like to stash in their personal cellars.

KOSHER WINE:  Get our picks on the best bottles to serve with your Passover meal.

SPRING ENTERTAINING:  As the weather warms up, enjoy our seasonal recipes and wine picks.


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