In the Mar. 31, 2010 Issue

Big Reds, Bold Flavors

Syrah and Grenache are rising stars in California. Given the bounty of great wines available, it should be only a matter of time before the popularity of the state’s Rhône-style reds catches up with their quality. Anchored by the excellent 2007 and 20067 vintages, and bolstered by the spurt in the ranks of wineries, appellations and styles, this class of wines ranks among the finest and highest-rated produced in California.

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California Rhône-Style Reds: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Rhône-Style Red wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

2007 Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2007 Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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

Cover Story

Hot New Reds - Syrah, Grenache and other Rhône grapes are seeing an impressive breakthrough in quality, with many predicting that these red varietals and blends will be the next big thing from the Golden State. The caveat? There’s a shortage of great vineyards

    WineSpectator.com: More than 430 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.

Features

    Tasting Reports

    2007 Bordeaux - The Bordelais turned so-so grapes into solid wines in this difficult vintage, but the young reds may go begging unless prices come down

      WineSpectator.com: More than 290 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.

    Wine

    Refocusing the Finger Lakes - A small group of forward-thinking winemakers is retooling the wines—and the image—of this northern New York state grapegrowing region, homing in on top sites and vinifera varieties that can thrive in the cool climate

      WineSpectator.com: More than 250 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.

Grapevine

    Business

    Recession-Proof Rosé - Provence rosé is flowing despite recession

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    Science

    Savvy Shopper

    Savvy Shopper - German Rieslings, New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs and more

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    Travel

    Three Tastes of Hawaii - The Kahala, the Four Seasons Hualalai and Hotel Hana Maui

      WineSpectator.com: Get information on recommended hotels and restaurants to visit the world with WineSpectator.com's Dining & Travel section.

    Wine Auctions

    Wine Auctions: 2009 in Review - Hong Kong asserts itself as global player

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WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL Planning a vacation for this spring or summer? Get advice on which wineries, hotels and restaurants to visit in 17 major North American wine regions.

MATT KRAMER: DRINKING OUT LOUD New web-exclusive essays from Wine Spectator's longtime irreverent columnist. Don't miss the lively discussions! (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

WHAT WE'RE DRINKING NOW Our senior editors and tasters share the most interesting wines they've enjoyed with family and friends over meals.

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