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In the Apr. 30, 2010 Issue

Thomas Keller

At 54, chef Thomas Keller presides over nine restaurants, including the renowned French Laundry in California and the similarly ambitious and equally admired Per Se in New York. But he's not all caviar and foie gras.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

An American Success Story - After some painful false starts, chef Thomas Keller has built a nine-restaurant empire with outposts on both coasts and in Las Vegas. Foremost is his French Laundry, hailed by many as the best dining in the United States

WineSpectator.com: Learn about more culinary stars—from Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud to Michael Psilakis—and their favorite wines and pairings in our series of Chef Talk interviews.

School of Thomas Keller - Top chefs and sommeliers around the world got their start in Keller’s kitchens and cellars
Simply Delicious - The chef shares recipes for several favorites from his family-style Ad Hoc restaurant and recommends wines to match each course

Features

Tasting Reports

Portuguese Power - The Douro Valley delivers its best reds of the modern era, led by intriguing native grapes such as Touriga Nacional
FREE: Portugal Alphabetical Listing - 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.
Quality vs. Quantity in South Africa - After years of rapid sales growth, exports of South African wine to the United States have fallen. The good news? Despite recent tricky vintages, quality remains high
FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing - More than 350 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.
Winemaking Equality - Apartheid is officially long gone, but disparities still exist in the industry. Several groups are working for integration and empowerment
Cool German Rieslings - Bucking the recent trend of lush, creamy vintages, the whites of 2008 are crisp and vibrant, the product of brisk weather and a long growing season
FREE: Germany Alphabetical Listing - More than 420 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.

Books

Crazy About Italy - Americans seek authenticity

Grapevine

Business

Price Cuts Take Hold in California - Reduced prices help move California wines

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

Science

Turn, Turn, Turn - Wineries draw on wind power

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Spicy reds and bright whites

Cheese

Piedmont Classics - Three of Piedmont’s best

Spirits

Rum's True Flavors - Rum’s complexities come with age

Things We Like

Olive Oil and Balsamico That Bear An Unmistakable Sense of Place

Wine Auctions

Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions of 2009 - Top 10 charity wine auctions of 2009

Cellars / Collections

A Carbon Neutral Collection - Collecting with a conscience

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

The Tale of Thomas Keller - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Columns

James Laube - The bygone case

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube recommends buying California's 2007 vintage, says the best winemakers don't style their wines to suit critics, talks about what old wines tell us and what they don’t, and has a close encounter with a red German grape grown in California. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Why age wine?

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.)

Wine Talk

Pierpaolo Barzan - Italian entrepreneur Pierpaolo Barzan

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

VENETO 101 Headed to Vinitaly in April? Don't miss our newest video series on the Veneto region of northeastern Italy and its array of characterful wines. Join Marilisa Allegrini as she introduces the white wines of Soave, describes the different types of Valpolicella reds and explains the unique process for making Amarone and Recioto.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Bring new life to your parties with our fresh dining ideas and matching wine recommendations.

KOSHER WINE AND FOOD Check out our picks of recently rated wines for Passover, plus try a new holiday recipe from a New York chef.

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.


SENIOR EDITORS' BLOGS Discuss hot topics in wine with James Laube, James Molesworth, Bruce Sanderson, Harvey Steiman and James Suckling. Plus hear about their latest wine tastings, trips to wine regions and dining experiences.

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