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In the June 30, 2010 Issue

2009 Bordeaux

The 2009 Bordeaux vintage may be the best vintage in years.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Bordeaux Brings It On - The 2009 vintage for reds ranks with the best of the decade, with high quality flowing from all districts. Sauternes also score well
FREE: 2009 Bordeaux Barrel Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 680 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.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Join Château Margaux's Paul Pontellier as he explains how the first-growth estate uses barrels to add complexity to its wines. Learn about the unique growing conditions needed to make Sauternes and Barsac from Aline Baly of Château Coutet, which made one of the top sweet wines in 2009. Plus, get more out of each video by completing our new worksheets. You can find more than two dozen Bordeaux videos in our videos by region.

Top Scoring Wines of 2009
New Wave Chais - An inside look at three innovative cellars


Tasting Reports

California Zinfandel - Whether you like your Zin ripe and full-bore or sleek and elegant, the outstanding 2007 vintage delivers the goods
FREE: 2007 California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 360 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.

Shopping Guide - Delicious Zinfandels for every budget


Savoring the Past in Paris - Three classic restaurants that stand the test of time

WineSpectator.com: For more than 3,800 dining destinations with Wine Spectator award-winning wine lists, use our free Restaurant Search.

Food & Drink

Sea Change - The differences, and costs, of wild-caught versus farm-raised seafood


Carlisle’s Man - Meet Mike Officer, who makes some of California’s best Zinfandels and Syrahs



Bordeaux Vineyard Prices Diverge - Recent study illustrates great divide between region's haves and have-nots

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

New Bill Aims to Restrict Direct Shipping - H.R. 5034 would give states increased power to control alcohol shipping laws


Gary Newman of 20th Century Fox
A Sommelier’s Expert Tips - Pairing steak and wine with the wine director of Rothmann's Steakhouse

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Reds from Australia and Spain, and plenty of rosés


Fresh Chèvre, Mozzarella and Feta


The New Gins

Cellars / Collections

Pro Tips on Getting Organized

WineSpectator.com: For more collecting, cellaring and auction-buying advice, including expert Q&As, visit www.winespectator.com/collecting.


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Truth in labeling, continued

WineSpectator.com: In his blog, James Laube shares updates from his latest tastings and visits with winemakers, and he discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - The master of Malbec

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

A Perfect Match

Chef Andy d’Amico’s Pissaladière

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2010 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's fourth annual video contest and you could win great prizes! We are looking for short, original videos that are educational and entertaining. Our editors will select the best entries, and finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com, where viewers will vote to choose the winner. The deadline for entering is Aug. 31. Find details and inspiration-including rules and the efforts of previous finalists.

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

  • Meet Manfred Krankl: Join Sine Qua Non's owner and winemaker-known for his collectible, quirky California Syrahs-in the Eleven Confessions Vineyard, where he reveals why Grenache is the red grape closest to his heart. Also in this series, learn how he's been beguiled by a Rhône white, and what he thinks about in his barrel room.
  • Video Worksheets: Get more out of each video by completing our new worksheets that highlight key facts.

    FATHER'S DAY Treat dad to a special summer meal: a clambake! We've got recipes, plus a diverse list of wines to match.

    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 illustrated maps covers the whole world of wine. Let them be your guide to a deeper understanding of the wines you enjoy.

SUMMER WINES Find crisp whites and fresh rosés to complement your warm-weather meals. Our Top Values tool will point you to the best deals among all whites and rosés for $20 or less, or browse by region. Plus, keep tabs on hot new releases with our editors' Tasting Highlights-quick lists of wines that stood out in their blind tastings.

JOIN THE DEBATE This year has brought up hot topics, like a proposed legislation that could curtail wineries' direct shipments to consumers, and lawsuits alleging fraud in the world of collectible wines. Add your voice to the discourse in our comments section, open only to members to ensure high-quality discussion.

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