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In the Aug. 31, 2009 Issue

Restaurant Awards & Dining Guide

Cover Story

The Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers

    The Best Wine Lists of 2009 - Despite the tough economic times, the 3,845 restaurants that are honored in Wine Spectator's 2009 Restaurant Wine List Awards program are pouring more exciting wines than ever—and at the best quality-to-price ratio diners have seen in years

    New Grand Award Winners - Four restaurants—Addison, Blantyre, Joël Robuchon and Wild Ginger—receive the top honor this year

    Dining Guide - A comprehensive listing of our Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners from across the country and around the world Complete listing details for all award winners are available in our free online Restaurant Search, where you can select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more. members can also post their own personal ratings and share comments about the quality of their experience at these restaurants.


    Tasting Reports

    California Sauvignon Blanc - Its star is rising in California, as vintners and consumers are treating this workhorse grape with more respect





    Savvy Shopper

    Savvy Shopper - Bargain Blancs, grillin' reds, Italy's bounty and more whites



    Wine Auctions

    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT RATINGS What do you think of the award winners in our 2009 Dining Guide? Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your dining experiences.

CELLAR MANAGEMENT TOOLS Organize the bottles in your collection in a personal database. Track the value of your cellar. Print shelf tags. Make a shopping list of new, highly rated wines. You can do all these things online in one convenient location using our Personal Wine List and My Cellar companion tools.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2009 Dining Guide, with more than 3,800 award-winning restaurants, is searchable through our free online database.

SOMMELIER TALK Meet the people behind the great wine lists. We talk with sommeliers to find out their favorite pairings and ask them which wines make it into their own cellars.

Creative with the video camera? Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's third annual video contest and you could win great prizes. We're 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 can vote to choose the winner. The deadline for entering is Aug. 31, 2009. You can read the complete rules and view the previous years' finalists.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Recent additions include:

  • Decoding Clos de Vougeot Senior editor Bruce Sanderson discusses Burgundy's biggest grand cru vineyard—the source of great Pinot Noirs.
  • Cool New Zealand Editor at large Harvey Steiman provides a primer on the country's regions and climates and talks about its snappy style of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
  • Antinori in Napa Alessia Antinori explains how her renowned Tuscan family is bringing an Old World winemaking philosophy to Napa's Antica winery.
  • The heart of rosé Find out why Provence is a great source for these crisp, refreshing wines.


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