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In the Nov. 30, 2009 Issue

Michael Mina

Michael Mina's food is categorized as modern American cuisine, but he elevates the genre by juxtaposing unexpected but relatively simple elements. He's not afraid to introduce flavors of different cuisines on the same plate.

FREE Wine Charts:

Rhône Valley wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Rhône Valley wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

California Merlot wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Merlot wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Good Things Come in Trios - Drawn to the culinary world as a teenager, and happiest when he sees people enjoying his food, chef Michael Mina has built success on creative menus, fine wine and savvy partners

    The Man in Mina’s Cellar - Wine director Rajat Parr’s distinctive lists reflect the unique personalities of the Mina Group’s 15 restaurants


    Tasting Reports

    Merlot’s Mixed Message - Though quality is high overall, middle-range values are scarce among the 2005 and 2006 releases from California More than 165 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.





    Savvy Shopper

    Savvy Shopper - Distinctive Rieslings and French and Iberian reds



    Wine Auctions

    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

Every year Wine Spectator editors select the 100 most exciting wines they've tasted, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. The complete package will be available exclusively in our Dec. 31, 2009, issue. Starting in mid-November, we unveil our picks online at Members: Get early access to the complete Top 100 list. On Monday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m., you'll be able to view the entire list along with tasting notes. Add the wines to your Personal Wine List to track your collection or create a shopping list.

Wine Countdown, FREE to all: We'll be counting down the wines starting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and concluding with the No. 1 wine on Friday, Nov. 20. Each wine will be accompanied by a video with a Wine Spectator senior editor explaining why it was selected. After the countdown, we'll release a printable list of the complete Top 100, with rank, name, score and price. You must be a member of to access the full tasting notes.

THANKSGIVING Find some new red and white wine recipes for the classic meal, accompanied by tips on how to fine-tune the dish to best match the wines you've chosen. Plus, get a list of recommended wines for the holidays.

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU On Nov. 19, check out our annual tasting of these fresh, fruity and inexpensive reds. Find out which wines from the 2009 vintage are worth picking up by the case.

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VALUE WINES, EASY FINDS Browse our exclusive lists of the world's top value wines, top value producers and well-rated, easy-to-find wines made in large quantities. Pick your favorites and add them to your Personal Wine List to create a shopping list, or track your purchases.

2009 HARVEST BLOGS Winemakers from Bordeaux, California and Italy have been sharing their thoughts and experiences during crush. Find out the expected quality for the top varieties in key regions.


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