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In the Oct. 31, 2008 Issue


Cover Story

Special Report: The Best of Italy: Great Lake - The shores of Italy's Lake Como are enjoying a renaissance of fine living, wining and dining

Special Report: The Best of Italy: Bringing Italian Sunshine to L.A. - Il Grano restaurant's Salvatore Marino serves up some pasta and wine

Special Report: The Best of Italy: 10 Italian Wineries to Watch - Producers are helping a deep-rooted industry move forward

Special Report: The Best of Italy: Tuscany Strikes Twice - The 2006 and 2007 vintages offer a bounty of exciting wines


    Tasting Reports


    The Santa Barbara Edge - Three grapegrowers at the frontier of California vineyard expansion help define a region




    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken





    Savvy Shopper



    Home on the Range - Ray Thurston took his wine cellar in a new direction—straight up

    Wine Talk


Bringing Italian Sunshine to L.A. - Il Grano restaurant's Salvatore Marino serves up some pasta and wine

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE:  A version of optimized for Blackberries, iPhones, Palms and other Internet-enabled devices. Trying to pick out a wine at a retailer or restaurant? Find out how it scored using our Wine Ratings Search to access our complete database of more than 200,000 reviews. Or check our vintage charts to determine the best years for the world's major wine regions. Need to consult your saved shopping list or check how many bottles of a special wine are left in your cellar? View your Personal Wine List, complete with your cellar details.

HARVEST BLOGS:  We've got a team of winemakers from California, Oregon, Washington, France and Italy reporting from the field about the quality of their 2008 crops and answering your questions about harvest.

CALIFORNIA WINE EXPERIENCE:  Can't join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars? Our full event coverage will bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

CELEBRATE OUR 200,000TH WINE RATING: has reached a milestone: 200,000 wine ratings in our online database! To celebrate this achievement, we're giving all visitors free access to our site from Sept. 24 through Oct. 1. Check out our entire ratings database, editors' blogs and more.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN:  On Nov. 10, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2008, followed by the complete Top 100 list. The names of the wines will be available to all our readers, but you must be a member to get the tasting notes. Visit our site for a full schedule of the countdown and don't miss out on this exciting event.

VIDEOS:  We now have hundreds of free videos on our site. Check out some of the latest:

  • Video contest winners:  The top three videos of Wine Spectator's second annual video contest have been chosen by our readers. Watch them on our site, and see who won the grand prize of tickets to this year's Wine Experience.
  • Sauvignon Blanc:  What can you expect from a young California Sauvignon Blanc? And how can it change with time in the bottle? Find out with tasting coordinator MaryAnn Worobiec.
  • Zinfandel:  Buckle your seatbelt for a tour of Sonoma's Monte Rosso Vineyard, where Mike Martini makes his Gnarly Vine Zinfandel.

HALLOWEEN:  Trick or treat! Celebrate the holiday the adult way, with sweet wines and sophisticated desserts.


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