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Magnificent Obsessions - Manfred Krankl is a singular force in the California wine world, crafting powerful wines that have become some of the Golden State’s most sought after, and its most inimitable
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Join Manfred Krankl in the Eleven Confessions Vineyard, where the witty winemaker reveals why Grenache is the red grape closest to his heart. Also in this video series, learn why he's been beguiled by a wily Rhône white, and what he thinks about when he's standing in his barrel room.
Sine Qua Non at Auction - For their rarity as well as their quality, SQN releases have appreciated well
Behind the Labels - Each wine tells a story, with provocative images and unique bottle shapes
California’s Distinctive Whites - From Albariño to Viognier, the world beyond Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc is fast expanding and filled with delicious flavors.
Loire’s Sweet Spot - Late-harvest Chenin Blanc redeems the difficult 2007 vintage, which also offers some excellent Cabernet Francs
New Zealand's Surge - Pinot Noir and even Syrah are coming on strong, adding cachet to a wine country built on Sauvignon Blanc
Enjoying Paso Robles - Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a new wine and food destination takes root in cowboy country
Counterfeit Suit Targets Christie’s - Christie’s sued over Jefferson bottles
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Finger Lakes Winery Sold - Hazlitt’s 1852 vineyards buys historic Widmer winery
Champagne Loses Weight - New bottle for bubbly
Do You Have a Monkey Problem? - Growing grapes means being a farmer, but it can also mean being a bouncer. There are plenty of critters out there who see a vineyard as a free lunch. Here are some wildlife specimens that vintners have been grappling with lately.
Musician Daryl Hall - Hall & Oates star puts wine on the program
Sommelier Expert Tips - Musician and Vino Paradiso owner Timothy Nishimoto offers advice
Chefs on the Move, and Revamping - San Francisco's Quince
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Hong Kong Surpasses U.S. in First Quarter - U.S. auction prices rise 6 percent in first quarter 2010, but Hong Kong outsells by 17 percent
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.
James Laube - A Frenchman strikes gold in California
Matt Kramer - Context is essential
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2009 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Is 2009 a classic vintage? European bureau chief James Suckling spent three weeks tasting in Bordeaux to find out. His full report will appear in our June 30 issue, along with exclusive analysis and extra features. But right now, members can read his on-scene blogs for the buzz on quality, prices and whether you should buy futures or wait until the wines are out in bottle. Plus, get scores and tasting notes for more than 600 reds, as well as dry whites and the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac.
MAPS OF MAJOR WINE REGIONS Look at almost any wine's label, and you'll find an indication of its origin. That's because wines are shaped by the places they come from. Our new online collection of Wine Spectator's illustrated maps covers the whole world of wine. Let them be your guide to a deeper understanding of the wines you enjoy.
WORLD CUP WINES What does soccer have to do with wine? Plenty, when the World Cup is being held in South Africa, an exciting source of high quality, affordably priced reds and whites. Check out our package on wine-loving soccer stars and recommended South African wines to enjoy on game days.
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WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL Planning a vacation for this summer? Get our editors' picks on which wineries, hotels and restaurants to visit in 17 major North American wine regions.
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