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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

    Plentiful Fruit - Showing restrained oak and fresh flavors, Australia's white wines are perfect for the table







    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken




    Savvy Shopper



    Wine Talk


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 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

  • 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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