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In the Nov. 30, 2008 Issue

Côte Rôtie

Cover Story

Syrah's North Star - A new generation of Côte-Rôtie vintners is making some of the region's best Syrahs ever
Côte-Rôtie at a Glance


Tasting Reports

Racy Reds Rich Whites - The 2006 vintage continues the Rhône Valley's run of success
FREE: Rhône Alphabetical Listing
Plentiful Fruit - Showing restrained oak and fresh flavors, Australia's white wines are perfect for the table
FREE: Australian Whites Alphabetical Listing
California Merlot
FREE: California Merlot Alphabetical Listing


Côte-Rôtie Comes to the Smokies - Blackberry Farm creates a holiday menu for Rhône lovers


Renaissance in Lyon - France's gastronomic capital is a gourmet destination like no other



Tastes: Chocolate: Bark That's Got Bite


Tastes: Spirits: Blend Ambition


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue: Searching for Syrah




Future Uncertain for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates - Washington state's biggest wine producer changes hands in Altria deal
Smoke Taint a Concern in Northern California Vineyards
Hurricane Ike Impacts Wine Business in Texas
Big Grapes Hit the Big Apple
WineSpectator.com Launches Mobile Site
Vine Disease on the Increase in France


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Pigging Out
Tastes: Old Salt
Tastes: Brooklyn Hot Spot: Clover Club
Tastes: Dry Me to The Moon

Savvy Shopper

The Savvy Shopper - French and Spanish Reds, Australian Whites


Montelena's Makeover
Getting "Rich"
Aging Australian Whites
Small Region, Big Wines


Washington Auction Marks 21st Year With Record Bids - Actor Kyle MacLachlan inspires bidders, and a Washington wine lot brings in $70,000
Sun Valley Auction Celebrates Wine and Art
A Vintage of Transition - A retrospective tasting of 1999 Côte-Rôtie
1999 Côte-Rôtie Retrospective

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: John Medeski


Côte-Rôtie Comes to the Smokies - Blackberry Farm creates a holiday menu for Rhône lovers

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE:  We've launched an optimized version of WineSpectator.com for Internet-enabled smartphones, PDAs and other mobile devices. For anyone who has ever wanted more information when buying wine on the go, help is now at your fingertips, at mobile.winespectator.com.

  • Search for wine scores and tasting notes in our full database of more than 200,000 reviews.
  • Consult our vintage charts to determine the best years in the world's major wine regions.
  • Add reviewed wines to your Personal Wine List.
  • Check your shopping lists and current cellar inventory using your Personal Wine List.

VALUE-WINE FINDER:  Browse our exclusive lists of the world's top wine values and top value producers. Find outstanding red, white and sweet wines for $30 and less, in regions from Alsace to Washington.

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 access the tasting notes. Visit our site for a full schedule of the countdown and don't miss out on this exciting event!

THANKSGIVING:  Get our take on the classic Thanksgiving meal, plus recommended wine matches.

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU:  Join us on Nov. 20 for our annual tasting of these fresh, fruity, bargain-priced reds. Find out which of the 2008 vintage are crowd-pleasers and which ones you should probably avoid.

EDITORS' QUIZZES:  Think you know a lot about wine? Test yourself against our senior editors, who have created the questions for the latest editions of our biweekly Wine Challenge.

VIDEOS:  We now have hundreds of free videos on our Web site. One of the latest is of a Côte-Rôtie field trip—discover this classic Northern Rhône area with senior editor James Molesworth as he visits with top winemakers in their vineyards.

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