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In the June 30, 2009 Issue

California Zinfandel

Cover Story

Zinfandel for Summer Tables - Warm weather and cooking on the grill go hand in hand, and California Zinfandel is one of the best wines with which to wash down savory summer meals. Sonoma chef Josh Silvers prepares a mouthwatering menu that highlights Zinfandel's diverse styles, pairing rosé, red and dessert versions of the varietal with a three-course feast


    Tasting Reports

    California Zinfandel - The latest in a string of excellent vintages, 2007 delivers high quality at affordable prices, in styles ranging from refined to robust

      ABCs of Zinfandel - The lore and lure, characteristics and quirks of this unique variety

    2008 Bordeaux Barrels - A first look at the red, white and dessert wines from the new vintage reveals very good quality, with pricing in the balance


    Stars of Siena - Local wines, traditional cuisine and artistic treasures await visitors to this historic city in the heart of Tuscany Get information on hotels, restaurants and wineries in major wine regions around the world with's Dining & Travel section.


    Taittinger Reclaimed - Inspired by his grandfather, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger leads the venerable Champagne house into the 21st century



    Business - Restaurants battle recessionary woes, with Las Vegas at the epicenter Find more great dining destinations in our Restaurant Search, which features more than 4,000 restaurants with Wine Spectator award-winning wine lists. Members can add their own ratings and reviews.


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The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2009 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's third annual video contest and you could win great prizes. We are looking for short, original videos that are educational and entertaining. Our editors will select the best entries, and the finalists will be posted on, where viewers will vote to choose the winner. The deadline for entering is Aug. 31, 2009. For complete rules and to see previous years' finalists.

BURGER BASICS For your July 4 holiday, we give you a great burger recipe, along with tips on how to choose the meat and cook it for the best results. Plus, fun wines for picnic-table fare.

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  • South African Value: Great prices, high quality and diverse styles make the country's Chenin Blanc a favorite of James Molesworth.
  • Green Grapegrowing: Hear from four top European producers who believe that biodynamic farming has improved their vineyards and their wines.

CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS James Laube and our other California editors post top wines from their weekly tastings. Check often for scores and notes for hot new Cabernets, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.

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