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In the Nov. 15, 2008 Issue

California Cabernet

Cover Story

California Cabernet's Win-Win Vintage - High quality marks a big 2005 harvest, with Napa Valley leading the way


    Tasting Reports



    Diving In - Chef Laurent Gras launches a seafood restaurant in beef-loving Chicago

    Passionate Pouring - Sommelier Andréa Fulton-Higgins empties an 8,000-bottle cellar in three days


    In Deepest Patagonia - Pioneering vintners explore the frontier of grapegrowing in southern Argentina




    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken




    Savvy Shopper


    Inside Wine

    Unwelcome Rot - Fall rains can open the door to a destructive fungus


    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE:  We're launching a version of our Website that's optimized for Internet-enabled smartphones, PDAs and other devices. For anyone who has wished for help selecting a wine at a shop or restaurant, the information is now at your fingertips:

  • Check wine scores and tasting notes using our Wine Ratings Search, which accesses our complete database of more than 200,000 reviews.
  • Consult our vintage charts to determine the best years in the world's major wine regions.
  • Use your Personal Wine List to update your shopping list.
  • Review your My Cellar tool to check how many bottles of a special wine are left in your collection or how you much you originally paid for a wine.

HARVEST BLOGS:  We've got 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 TASTING HIGHLIGHTS:  Senior editor James Laube and our other California editors frequently post highlights of their latest tastings. Check in often to get scores and notes for hot new Cabernets, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs 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 subscriber to get the tasting notes. Visit for a full schedule of the countdown and don't miss out on this exciting event!

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

VIDEOS:  We now have hundreds of free videos on our Web site. Here are some of the latest:

  • Age-worthy Australians:  Editor at large Harvey Steiman recently tasted 22 wines from Australia's 1996 vintage. Find out how the wines held up, which ones were his favorites and why.
  • Burgundy tour:  Vosne-Romanée has six grand cru vineyards, each of which makes distinctive Pinot Noirs. Learn all about them with senior editor Bruce Sanderson.
  • California Cabernets:  These are the most collectible wines made in the United States—but which are the best new Cabernets on the block? Watch senior editor James Laube talk with the California winemakers who make these new Cabernets shine.
  • Gigondas:  Join senior editor James Molesworth as he tastes a pair of wines from two distinct areas within the Southern Rhône's Gigondas appellation.

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


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