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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.

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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.

Cover Story

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 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


    Tasting Reports

    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


    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 Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.



    Savvy Shopper



    Things We Like

    Wine Auctions

    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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