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In the Dec. 15, 2008 Issue

Top Wines, Best Values

Cover Story

The New Douro - Portugal's unique wine region reaches beyond Port to make world-class reds

Leaders of the Douro Revolution

Portugal's Best Values


    Tasting Reports

    Rioja Riding High - As Spanish wine surges, Rioja stands out for a winning combination of quality and value

    Boom Times for Malbec - As quality improves for Argentina's signature grape, imports continue to increase



    Exploring Rioja - Wine, food and architecture star in Spain's premier vineyard region






    Dining Out


    Savvy Shopper



    Safe Keeping - Jeweler Steve Padis stashes his wine gems in a personal wine cave

    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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IMPROVED WINE SEARCH:  We've made it even easier to search the more than 202,000 wines in our online wine ratings database. Now you can search the tasting-note text to find wines with the characteristics you most enjoy.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN:  On Nov. 10, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2008, along with videos of the senior editors explaining why these wines stood out. That'll be followed by the full Top 100 list. The names of the wines will be available to all of 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!

VALUES SURVEY RESULTS:  We polled our Web site readers about their favorite sources for great wine buys, and how much they expect to spend on a truly great value. Find out what they had to say.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING:  If you're hosting friends or family, we'll help you pull off a great party with crowd-pleasing recipes and wines that won't bust your budget. Plus, get great gift ideas.

VIDEOS:  We now have hundreds of free videos. One of the latest is of Portugal's table wines, which are now ready to share the spotlight with Port. Learn about the Douro, Portugal's premier wine region, as managing editor Kim Marcus sits down with one of the region's visionaries, João de Almeida of Ramos-Pinto, which makes both noteworthy Port and dry reds.

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.


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