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?

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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

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.

    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.

    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.

    Gifts

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

Grapevine

    Business

    People

    Science

    Savvy Shopper

    Cheese

    Spirits

    Travel

    Travel - Spain's Málaga region

    Wine Auctions

    Retrospective

Departments

    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

    Letters

    Columns

    Wine Talk

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.

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