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In the March 31, 2009 Issue

Dining In America

Cover Story

Dining in America: L.A. vs. N.Y. - With unique restaurants proliferating in both of these great dining towns, two Wine Spectator editors took up their forks and knives and set out to find their favorites
Los Angeles: Setting Its Own Pace - Twelve restaurants that celebrate this city’s culinary diversity, easygoing style and dedication to fresh ingredients
New York: Rising to the Top - Twelve restaurants that capture this city’s great traditions, flair for innovation and ambition to stand out in a crowd

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Join celebrated WD50 chef Wylie Dufresne and his wine director father, Dewey, as they match a white and a red to the restaurant's Wagyu skirt steak with peanut butter noodles and Chinese long beans.

WineSpectator.com: Find information on more great dining destinations in our online Restaurant Search, which features more than 4,000 restaurants with Wine Spectator award-winning wine lists. Members can add their own ratings and reviews.


Tasting Reports

High-Flying California Syrah - This Rhône Valley transplant hit the jackpot in 2006 with dozens of sensational releases from almost every growing region, while Rhône siblings such as Grenache turned out distinctive blends
FREE: California Rhône Alphabetical Listing
Emerging Producers - California’s roster of up-and-coming Rhône rangers includes many new wineries on the Central Coast that are focusing on quality at reasonable prices
A Sleeper Vintage for Bordeaux - The legendary 2005 harvest casts a long shadow, but 2006 delivers plenty of exceptional wines and offers significant value potential
FREE: 2006 Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing - BONUS VIDEO: Learn about the new vintage being released as a number of château owners and winemakers pour their wines at a gala tasting in New York.



World - States consider taxing wine

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.


Health - Wine, tea and chocolate may improve mental performance in elderly

WineSpectator.com: Get the benefits of beets with this recipe for a Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad; the recipe is available to our website members.


Pairings - Matching lamb with red Bordeaux

WineSpectator.com: Members can find more lamb recipes and other matches for red Bordeaux, plus a list of recently rated red Bordeaux.


Spirits - In defense of Irish whiskey

Wine Auctions

Wine Auctions - Wine Spectator Auction Index reveals a $25 million decline in global auction sales in 2008

WineSpectator.com: Keep tabs on the auction market. Website members can search our Auction Price Database, which tracks the performance of more than 12,000 collectible wines, and read analyses of the latest auction results. Also available is a free calendar of upcoming auctions.


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue



Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - The Syrah express, worldly whites, Bordeaux and beyond


Investing In Yourself - Investing In Yourself

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube reminds readers not to assume that higher-priced wines are always superior, uncovers some rare Pinot Noir values and reveals that cork taint is still as common as ever in the samples he receives. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - McMontalcino

Wine Talk

Wine Talk - Heavy metal vocalist Geoff Tate

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2007 BURGUNDY: Senior editor Bruce Sanderson is blogging about his visits to more than a dozen top domaines, providing cellar notes and preliminary scores for soon-to-be-released reds and whites.

VINTAGE CHARTS: We offer more than 35 charts, updated regularly with the latest vintages and featuring our editors' scores and drinkability recommendations. Plus, print out our newly updated wallet-size chart.

EASY-TO-FIND WINES: Don't have time to spend hunting down the right wine? Browse our new lists of quality, inexpensive wines that are made in large quantities—meaning you're likely to find them at your local store. The lists are frequently updated, so check back often.

WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE: Need wine buying information on the go? Try our new mobile site for Internet-enabled smartphones, PDAs and other devices, mobile.winespectator.com. Search more than 207,000 reviews, consult our vintage charts or check your shopping lists and current cellar inventory on your Personal Wine List.

NEW: WHAT WE'RE DRINKING NOW: Get great tips weekly from Wine Spectator's senior editors as they share details on the interesting wines they've been drinking on their own time.

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QUESTIONS ABOUT WINE?: Dr. Vinny, our Web site's resident expert, tackles all your questions, from the definition of wine-making terms to the best way to store your wines.

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