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In the Jan. 31, 2010 - Feb. 28, 2010 Issue

Wine Prices Are Falling

Wineries, retailers and restaurants are trying a variety of tactics to keep selling during the hard times. Some wineries are offering second labels or cheaper wines. Other wineries, worried about damaging their brand image, are quietly selling a third or more of their wine to bulk producers, who are happily putting better fruit in their wines while keeping prices low.

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2009 Values PDF: More than 1,200 wines that earned at least 88 points and cost $20 or less per bottle.

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

1999 Brunello di Montalcino Retrospective: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 1999 Brunello di Montalcino wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

A Buyer’s Market - For the first time in decades the price of wine is heading down, as the recession shakes up the wine industry. From Internet clearinghouses to three-star restaurants, bargains are plentiful

The Value Diaries - Our senior editors give inside tips on finding value, and recommend examples from around the world Check the What We're Drinking Now section of our website for more wine picks from our senior editors and tasters.

The Year in Wine: 2009 - A review of all new releases tasted last year. What’s behind the numbers, plus statistical analysis by region and varietal Members can browse complete tastings notes for all wines reviewed in 2009 via our online Wine Ratings Search. To narrow down the list, select Expand Advanced Search and choose additional criteria, such as price, score or region.


Newspaper Wine Clubs - The recent explosion in offerings by The New York Times and other media heavyweights raises questions about quality and transparency

    Tasting Reports

    Oregon’s Stellar Vintage - 2008 promises high quality. In the meantime, enjoy the robust ’06s and delicate ’07s More than 300 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.


    All About Port - Dr. Vinny provides answers to your questions about these magnificent fortified wines



    Diageo Dumps Bordeaux - Big Bordeaux importer calls it quits Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.


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    Cellars / Collections


2009 Article Index

    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    Wine Talk

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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