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In the Dec. 15, 2009 Issue

Wine Fraud

The collectible wine market, including old and rare bottles representing the world's most distinctive terroirs and wine lovers' most illuminating drinking experiences, is infiltrated with counterfeits. How deep does the problem go?

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

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

Cover Story

The Crusade Against Counterfeits - Fake wines are the bane of any collector’s existence. We examine just how deep the problem is and what is being done to rid the auction market of counterfeits
Sniffing Out A Fake
A Tarnished Reputation
Q&A With an Auctioneer - An Expert on Old Wines Talks About Counterfeits
The Fight Against Fakes - Concerned Producers Are Taking Steps to Protect Their Brands From Counterfeiters

WineSpectator.com: Keep tabs on the auction market. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 12,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database. Also available is a free calendar of upcoming auctions.

Features

Tasting Reports

An Abundance of Values in Spain - Spain makes its share of trophy wines, but also delivers fine quality at reasonable prices

WineSpectator.com: More than 700 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.

FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing
Malbec Madness - Argentina’s star red is running up the score

WineSpectator.com: More than 600 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Get to know Argentina better with James Molesworth's videos of his trip through key regions and tastings of top wines. Plus, members can read his blog interviews with eminent winemakers such as Nicolás and Laura Catena, veteran Ricardo Santos and consultant Paul Hobbs.

FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing
Barolo Shines in 2005 - The march of excellent vintages from Piedmont shows no signs of slowing

WineSpectator.com: More than 750 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.

FREE: Piedmont Reds Alphabetical Listing
Australia Broadens Its Range - Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Pinot Gris add diversity to a white wine roster long dominated by Chardonnay and Riesling

WineSpectator.com: More than 200 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.

FREE: Australia Whites Alphabetical Listing

Gifts

Chef Knows Best - Three outstanding chefs recommend food and equipment to give the home cook

Grapevine

Business

Burgundy Wineries Announce Key Acquisitions
Cliff Lede Buys Pinot Producer Breggo Cellars

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

People

Football Greats Who've Turned to Winemaking

Science

Study Finds Resveratrol Shows Antiviral Abilities
Scientists Isolate The Foxy Flavor Gene
Science Briefs

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper

Cheese

Gifts To Eat, Use and Read

Spirits

Spirits - Giving Cognac

Travel

Travel - Spain's Málaga region

Wine Auctions

Auction index rises in third quarter

WineSpectator.com: Sign up for our free Collecting & Auctions e-mail newsletter to get collectible wine recommendations, expert tips and ideas for your own cellar.

Retrospective

Retrospective - 1999 Piedmont Reds
1999 Piedmont Reds Retrospective Notes - A blind tasting of 62 wines finds many have aged well in their first decade

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue
The Curse of Counterfeits

Letters

Letters

Columns

James Laube

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube shares notes on some grand old California classics and discusses the new direction for Beaulieu Vineyard, Acacia and other Diageo-owned California wineries. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Luxury is forever
James Suckling - Keeping the faith
James Molesworth - Too much of a good thing?

Wine Talk

Wine Talk - Singer Mick Hucknall

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

UNVEILING THE TOP 100 OF 2009
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 WineSpectator.com.

WineSpectator.com 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 WineSpectator.com to access the full tasting notes.


HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING We'll help you throw a great party with crowd-pleasing wines and easy recipes that won't keep you in the kitchen all day. Plus, get great gift ideas.

WINE CHALLENGE Think you know a lot about wine? Test your knowledge with our fun, biweekly quiz.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss this recent addition:

  • Sicily Primer: Thanks to rising quality and consistency, this Italian island's wines offer great value. Learn about native grape varieties such as Nero d'Avola and Grillo from local winemakers.


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