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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.

FREE: California Rhône-Style Reds Alphabetical Listing
Pushing The Rhône Frontier: Grower Lee Hudson - A highly regarded grower makes the case for Carneros as a site for Syrah
Pushing The Rhône Frontier: Vintner Joey Tensley - This Santa Barbara vintner specializes in vineyard-designated Syrahs
Tablas Creek winery - An instrumental French-American joint venture with deep roots
Pushing The Rhône Frontier: The Girl & The Fig Restaurant - A Rhône Alone experience in the heart of Sonoma
Pushing The Rhône Frontier: Sonoma’s Bennett Valley - California’s newest hot spot for Syrah and Grenache

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.

FREE: 2007 Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing

Wine

Building Green Wineries - Environmentally friendly design and construction is on the rise in North America, with West Coast wineries leading the charge for certifications in their industry

WineSpectator.com: See expanded profiles and more photos of green wineries

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.

FREE: Finger Lakes Alphabetical Listing

Grapevine

Business

Recession-Proof Rosé - Provence rosé is flowing despite recession

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

Napa Nuptials - Napa may ring wedding bells
M. Shanken Communications Names New President and COO

Science

Researchers Find New Yeasts
New York Wineries Benefiting From Cornell Enology Program
St.-Emilion Vintners Launch Biodiversity Program
Bubbly for the Heart

Savvy Shopper

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

Coffee

Organic - Going organic, for good

Spirits

Sins of the Sazerac - New Orleans' rye-based cocktail

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

WineSpectator.com: Keep tabs on the market. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 12,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database.

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

California’s Next Big Red? - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Columns

James Laube - Grenache on the move

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube discusses why Quintessa should profit from its purchase of The Prisoner, finds that 7 percent of the wines he tasted in 2009 showed signs of TCA taint, and ponders progress versus nostalgia in wine styles. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Manifesto 2010

WineSpectator.com: Don't miss Matt Kramer's new web-exclusive essays and lively online discussions! (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

Bruce Sanderson - The beauty of aged Burgundy
James Molesworth - Single-vineyard craze in the Finger Lakes

Wine Talk

NBA Legend Jerry West

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE-FRIENDLY RECIPES Need suggestions for what to serve with a special bottle? Search our newly expanded list of recipes matched by wine type, food type or ingredient.

VINTAGE CHARTS We offer more than 35 charts, updated regularly with the latest vintages and featuring our editors' scores and drinkability recommendations. Plus, print out our newly updated wallet-size chart.

AUCTION ADVANTAGE Be prepared for the new auction season before you bid. Check the recent performance of more than 12,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database and read analyses of the latest auction results.

TOP VALUES Drink better for less money. Find the best deals-highly rated wines with low prices-among your favorite wine categories. Check our regularly updated quick lists.


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.

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

  • Cooking for Wine: Let Café Boulud's executive chef and sommelier show you how to improve your food-and-wine pairing skills. Learn how to make Gavin Kaysen's recipes as he prepares a meal in his home kitchen, including a delicious salad and striped bass with squash risotto.


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