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In the June 15, 2010 Issue

Manfred Krankl

Austrian immigrant Manfred Krankl pushes California wines to the outer limits of style and the upper reaches of quality.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

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 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


    Tasting Reports

    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




    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.


    Savvy Shopper

    Dining Out


    Things We Like

    Wine Auctions

    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 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.


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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.

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

  • Hermitage Wines:  Learn about the reds and whites of one of the northern Rhône's top appellations, through two tastings with vintner Michel Chapoutier and senior editor James Molesworth.
  • Video Worksheets:  Get more out of each video by completing our new worksheets that highlight key facts.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING  It's the season for outdoor meals, backyard barbecue and picnics in the park. Try our favorite recipes and recently rated wines perfect for the season!

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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