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In the June 15, 2008 Issue

California Wine Country Travel

Cover Story

Exploring California Wine Country

Exploring California Wine Country: Yountville - Napa Valley's culinary mecca thrives amid some of the region's best vineyards

Exploring California Wine Country: Sonoma Valley - Pleasures abound in California's historic birthplace

Exploring California Wine Country: Anderson Valley - Pastoral charm and impressive Pinot Noir attract the adventurous

Exploring California Wine Country: Santa Barbara - Taking to the back roads in Southern California's leading wine region

Exploring California Wine Country: Sierra Foothills - Winemaking traditions and ancient vines flourish in Gold Country


    Tasting Reports



    Vineyard Capitalism - William Hill and Richard Wollack develop and invest in West Coast vineyards




    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken





    Garage Wines - Ben Gravatt wanted a cost-effective cellar for his collection

    Collecting Q & A With Peter D. Meltzer - Auction correspondent Peter D. Meltzer answers your questions about collecting fine wine. He is the author of Keys to the Cellar: Strategies and Secrets of Wine Collecting (John Wiley).

    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2008 VIDEO CONTEST:  Creative with a video camera? Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's second annual video contest and you could win great prizes. We are looking for short, original videos that are educational and entertaining. Our editors will select the best entries, and the finalists will be posted on, where viewers will vote to choose the winner. The deadline for entering is Aug. 18, 2008. Here are the complete rules and technical information, and last year's finalists.

VIDEOS:  We now have hundreds of videos on our Web site:

  • Cabernet Franc:  This grape is sometimes undervalued but remains the heart of Cheval-Blanc, the famed Bordeaux. Learn why senior editor James Molesworth is enjoying-and buying-more of this varietal as he tastes a pair of Cabernet Francs from France's Loire Valley.
  • Austria:  Join managing editor Kim Marcus as he tastes Grüner Veltliner and Riesling from the region's outstanding 2006 vintage.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING:  Memorial Day weekend kicks off the start of outdoor parties, from picnics on the beach to backyard barbecues. Get our picks for warm-weather wines and recipes for easy-to-prepare meals.

FATHER'S DAY:  Spoil dad with flavorful recipes and great wine matches that show him he's raised you with good taste. Or, take him out for a special meal at a restaurant with an award-winning wine list.

WINE RATINGS DATABASE:  We now have more than 190,000 ratings, including our editors' tasting notes and drink recommendations. Search by winery, wine name, region, variety, vintage, price, score or case production. You can even save your favorite searches and print shelf talkers for the bottles in your cellar.

COLLECTING & AUCTIONS:  Build your cellar through smart bidding-our tools help you find the good investments and values.

  • The Auction Price database tracks performance for more than 15,600 collectible wines.
  • Auction Highlights analyzes results from the latest major sales, including lots that sold for above- or below-average prices.
  • Organize your collection with the Personal Wine List, and update the value of your collectibles with the My Cellar tool.

EDITORS' BLOGS:  Editor at large Harvey Steiman reports from Australia as he tours some of the best and most promising wineries there.


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