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In the July 31, 2009 Issue

Pacific Northwest Travel

Cover Story

Discovering Pacific Northwest Wine Country - A six-day journey takes you to the top vineyard districts of Oregon and Washington, where great wines, fine cuisine and homey lodgings are all part of the allure of the area's burgeoning wine culture
Map - Follow Steiman's route, including day-by-day listings of the best wineries, restaurants and accommodations along the way
ABCs of Oregon and Washington Terroir


Tasting Reports

California Chardonnay - The 2007 vintage offers great quality across the board, with Napa and Sonoma setting the pace as the state's winemakers pursue an increasing range of styles
FREE: California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing
The Old New Guard - Veteran vintners who are moving in intriguing new directions
Washington's Rock-Solid Reds - Look to this Pacific Northwest state for Cabernet and Syrah at reasonable prices
FREE: Washington Wines Alphabetical Listing


Summer Savoir Fare - Chef Laurent Tourondel's menu of seasonal produce and fruits de mer takes advantage of the grill for an informal dinner party
East End Options - Wine-friendly restaurants on the East End of Long Island



World - Women's wine-drinking preferences surveyed


Health Briefs
Putting Pomace to Work
DNA Test for Wine
Oregon Debuts Sustainable Wine Certification

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper


Cheese - Matching California-made cheeses to the state's Chardonnays


Spirits - Warm-weather cocktails

Wine Auctions

Classic Vintage Port Offers Great Value at Auction
Hong Kong Auctions Post Strong Sales

Vintage Spotlight

Vintage Spotlight - 2007 Vintage Port barrels

Cellars / Collections

Private Cellars - A collector emerges in France


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

The Great American West




James Laube - Barbecue for breakfast

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube examines wine price cuts and waived corkage fees, looks at the high stakes for winemakers in this tumultuous economy, and shares impressions of some exciting reds from Sine Qua Non.

Matt Kramer - Taking vinegar seriously
Matt Kramer's recipe for Petti di Pollo in Carpione

Wine Talk

Wine Talk - Morten Andersen

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2009 VIDEO CONTEST Submit your wine videos to our 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 finalists, which will be posted on Wine Spectator.com; viewers will vote in the winner. The entry deadline is Aug. 31, 2009. Here are the complete rules.


  • Chile's Cool Reds Pinot Noir and Syrah are two of the country's hottest cool-climate varietals. Join James Molesworth for a closer look.

  • Mosel Primer Top winemakers explain why Germany's Mosel Valley is a prime place to grow Riesling.

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

RECIPE SEARCH Inspired to try some new dishes for summer? Find hundreds of delicious, wine-friendly recipes, searchable by ingredient, food type and matching wine type.

WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE Need wine-buying information on the go? Try our mobile site for smart phones at mobile.winespectator.com. Search more than 213,000 wine ratings, consult our vintage charts, and check your shopping lists and cellar inventory on your Personal Wine List.

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