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In the July 31, 2008 Issue

Robert Mondavi


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Wine Country On The Road - A summer menu for the outdoor season

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

ADVANCE RATINGS:  Get the scoop on the hottest collectibles and best values from our editors' latest tastings.

  • Our weekly Insider newsletter brings you highly rated, small production wines before they sell out.
  • The Advance newsletter gives you sneak peeks at top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.
  • Our online Tasting Highlights show-cases noteworthy regions and producers.

WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL TIPS:  Planning a summer trip to your favorite wine region? Use our handy Hotel Search and Winery Search tools—now with reviews, photos and maps—to find the best accommodations and nearby wineries.

RECIPE SEARCH:  Find hundreds of delicious recipes—searchable by ingredient, food type or matching wine type—plus complete menus and wine-pairing advice.

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:

  • Honoring Robert Mondavi:  Our tribute video includes a 1999 interview in which Mondavi explains his philosophy and recounts his first trip to Europe, plus rare photos that trace his life in wine.
  • California Chardonnay:  The Golden State produces a range of Chardonnay styles, and senior editor James Laube discusses two that are stylistic opposites—one aged in oak and the other "naked."
  • California Whites:  Branch out beyond Chardonnay with tasting coordinator MaryAnn Worobiec as she tastes some of the state's lesser-known white varietals, including Viognier.
  • Old-vine Zinfandel:  California winemakers are showing that Zinfandel can be structured and rewarding. Associate editor Tim Fish meets winemaker Al Perry among the ancient vines that produce grapes for Robert Biale's Monte Rosso Zinfandel.
  • Washington Chardonnay:  Learn about the state's bright, refreshing Chardonnays as editor at large Harvey Steiman tastes a pair from the 2006 vintage, the Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills and Three Rivers Columbia Valley.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE HARVEST REPORT  Get an early look at the 2008 vintage in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.


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