In the Oct.15, 2009 Issue
500 Great Buys
Our Fall value issue helps you find the best deals from around the world with our largest group of bargains ever, priced from $4 to $20.
FREE Wine Charts:
Australian red wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Australian red wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
Southern France wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all southern French wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
500 Great Buys - From the thousands of acres of California Chardonnay to the vast vineyard realms of southern France and Italy to the rapidly expanding growing regions of the Southern Hemisphere, there’s a glut of fine wine flowing onto the market, providing wine lovers with exciting wine-buying opportunities
WineSpectator.com: Always on the hunt for a bargain? Website members can browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at great prices; and Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values.
Outside the Box - Rising quality and hard-to-beat prices have wine lovers rethinking the overlooked category of bag-in-box wines
In the Kitchen - Comfort food recipes to pair with value wines
Australia’s Cabernet Surge - Winemakers deliver more supple and fruity Cabernets, while Shiraz and Grenache blends continue to provide quality
Southern France - Along France’s Mediterranean coast, Bandol and the Coteaux du Languedoc lead the way with exciting reds
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: The best-value grape you may not know: Mourvèdre. This red grape produces big, bold wines that are well-balanced and have the stuffing to age. Join Kim Marcus as he describes a pair of his favorites.
The Magician of Movia - Slovenia’s most famous vintner, Aleš Kristančič, acts eccentric, but his wines merit serious attention
Business - California issues Internet sales warning
WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.
Savvy Shopper - Bargain Chiantis and Aussie values
Chocolate - Michael Mischer bars
Spirits - Pairing with Armagnac
Things We Like
Wine Auctions - Vega Sicilia Unico stands alone
WineSpectator.com: Keep tabs on the auction market. Website members can check our Auction Price Database, which tracks prices for more than 12,000 collectible wines, and the latest auction results. Also available is a free calendar of upcoming auctions.
Cellars / Collections
This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken
James Laube - Digging into the cellar
WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube discusses a controversial new Cabernet release, ponders big retailers scaling back their wine selection, and asks your opinion on Alabama's ban of a wine label with a topless cyclist. Join the conversation with other members.
Wine Talk - Sommelier Fernando Beteta
The Buying Guide
The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.
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