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In the June 15, 2009 Issue

Napa Valley Getaways

Cover Story

Exploring Napa Valley - Planning a weekend, or a longer stay, in California's premier wine region? Our guide will help you get the most from your time in wine country, with recommendations for lodgings, restaurants, wineries to vist and other diversions Get information on hotels, restaurants and wineries in major wine regions around the world with's Dining & Travel section

    Visiting on a Budget - Accommodations, local dining and affordable tastings that deliver the experience for less


    Tasting Reports

    California Whites - From Pinot Grigio to Rhône-based blends, a bevy of aromatic whites provide appealing alternatives to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

    2006 Red Burgundy - High quality means delicious Pinot Noirs from this somewhat overlooked vintage, though prices remain lofty

    New Zealand - The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc vintage is bounteous and well-priced, while the 2007 Pinot Noirs benefited from low yields


    Howard Backen - How one architect puts his subtle imprint on California



    Rosé regulations in flux - The European Union is changing the legal definition of rosé, part of an effort to loosen winemaking rules. But producers of the pink-hued wines are none too happy about it


    World - Imported wines face tough economy Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about

    Savvy Shopper

    Savvy Shopper - Southern Hemisphere reds and bargains from France


    Things We Like

    Wine Auctions

    Vintage Spotlight

    Vintage Spotlight - 2007 Burgundy barrels Members can read more of Bruce Sanderson's cellar notes; he blogged about his visits to top Burgundy domaines in January and February 2009.

    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

ADVANCE RATINGS Get the early scoop on the best values and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings.

  • Insider: Weekly reviews of highly rated, small-production wines before they sell out.
  • Advance: Sneak peeks at top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.
  • Tasting Highlights: Showcases great wines from noteworthy regions and producers.

BLOGS: Join the discussion with Wine Spectator editors and guests. A team of Southern Hemisphere winemakers has been reporting from the field about the quality of their 2009 crops —and answering your questions about harvest.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING It's barbecue season! Get our favorite recipes and a list of wines that stand up to bold flavors.

FATHER'S DAY Let Dad indulge: Serve him one of our tempting, chef-recommended pork recipes with the wines to match.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video.

  • Finding Value: Wine Spectator editors share their tips for buying great wines without emptying your wallet.
  • Racing Cars, Making Wine: Learn more about an exciting new star of California Syrah, Adobe Road, founded by race-car driver Kevin Buckler.
  • Red Burgundy Field Trip: Join senior editor Bruce Sanderson as he tours and decodes the famous Pinot Noir appellation Clos Vougeot.


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