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In the Aug. 31, 2008 Issue

Wine Service Survey

Cover Story

The Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers: World's Greatest Wine Lists
The Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers
The Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers: New Grand Award Winners
The Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers: The Dining Guide
Restaurant Wine Service - More than 18,000 diners voice their opinions in a new Wine Spectator survey


Tasting Reports

Blanc Check - Beat the heat with California's well-priced Sauvignons
Fresh, Fruity & Flavorful - Vivid and diverse, Italy's white wines range far beyond Pinot Grigio
Languedoc and Roussillon


Magnum-Size Fun - Pre-auction parties in Napa and Sonoma bring out top winemakers
Auction Napa Valley - A dinner in tribute to Robert Mondavi becomes the top lot


In the Pink - Sacha Lichine, heir of a venerable wine family, is making the world's most exclusive rosé


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue: Restaurants and Wine




Millennial Divide - Wine is losing ground as alcoholic beverage of choice among many French youth
A Glass or Two of Red Wine May Keep the Heart Young
Montepulciano Wines Caught in Growing Tuscan Scandal
Asia's Growing Thirst for Wine
Italian Entrepreneur Buys Piedmont's Giacomo Borgogno Winery


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Nice Ice
Tastes: Practice Makes Perfect
Tastes: Las Vegas Hot Spot: Louis's Las Vegas
Tastes: Old School Olive Oils
Tastes: Spirits: Celebrity Behind the Bar

Savvy Shopper

The Savvy Shopper: California Sauvignon Blanc and Italian Whites


Wine Price Challenge
What It Really Takes


Breaking the Mold - A successful entrepreneur builds the cellar of her dreams
Auction Spring Fever - Sales of rare wines continue to rise despite economic woes

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Ross Schwartz

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT RATINGS:  Let us know what you think about the award winners in our 2008 Dining Guide. Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on places where you've dined.

EDITORS' BLOGS:  Don't miss what our tasters discovered on their travels to top wine regions:

  • Senior editor Bruce Sanderson was recently in Burgundy for a first look at the 2007s in barrel, plus a tasting of Domaine Leroy's grand crus.
  • Senior editor James Molesworth spent two weeks in the Rhône Valley to try the 2006 and 2007 vintages, which continue the region's streak of high quality.

WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL TIPS:  Planning a summer vacation to your favorite wine region? Use our Hotel Search and Winery Search tools to find accommodations that fit your needs, as well as nearby wineries that feature tours and tasting rooms.

RESTAURANT SEARCH:  Our complete 2008 Dining Guide, with more than 4,000 award-winning restaurants, is searchable through our free online database—complete with photos and more information.

NEW E-MAIL NEWSLETTER:  Our five free newsletters deliver essential information straight to your inbox. The latest addition is New at Wine Spectator, which alerts you to the cover story and other articles in the latest issue of the magazine, with links to related content available free on our Web site. Sign up for this new newsletter.

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

  • Young and Mature Sauvignon Blancs:  Join Wine Spectator tasting coordinator MaryAnn Worobiec as she compares the flavor profiles of young and mature Sauvignon Blancs.
  • Italian White Wines:  James Suckling reveals the highlights among the Italian white wines he has recently tasted at Wine Spectator's Tuscany office.

HARVEST REPORTS: Coming Soon:  Once crush gets under way, we'll be providing updates on what to expect in terms of quality from the Northern Hemisphere's top wine regions.

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 WineSpectator.com, 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.

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