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In the July 31, 2010 Issue

Helen Turley

Helen Turley's wines are routinely stunning expressions of rich varietal character. Her work with Peter Michael Chardonnay first established her style and credentials. Yet her biggest initial triumphs came with Napa Valley Cabernet.

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Cover Story

The Perfectionists of Marcassin - Is Helen Turley California’s greatest living winemaker? The inside story of how she and husband John Wetlaufer reached the pinnacle; the magnificent wines she’s vinified; and how her strength of will constitutes a singular and controversial force in the Golden State

    Marcassin Vertical - An exclusive tasting of a dozen bottlings of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to 1996


    Tasting Reports

    Refreshing Rosé - Rising quality, led by bottlings from the south of France, makes these wines fine sippers, as well as good matches for a wide range of foods BONUS VIDEO: Real Men Drink Rosé—Join James Molesworth and Kim Marcus as they pit two glasses of rosé against each other. In James' corner, there's a pink from the Rhône and Kim's pick is a Provencal beauty. Which wine will prevail? And how are they different?

    California Chardonnay Crucible - Challenging conditions in 2008, from a damaging spring frost to summer wildfires, tested winemakers. But the cream rose to the top for a vintage in which wines from Sonoma lead the way

    Australia Makes Its Case - Mounting criticism that wines from Down Under are too ripe and homogenous is unfounded, given the diversity and elegance of recent releases


    Pretty in Pink - Rosé and recipe matching for casual, fresh-air get-togethers






    Savvy Shopper



    The Vodka Dilemma - For a spirit that is essentially colorless, odorless and tasteless, vodka foments enormous passions


    Cellars / Collections

    Ask the Experts - Should I consider the Asian market when auctioning my wine collection?


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

JULY FOURTH ENTERTAINING How does top L.A. chef David Myers celebrate Independence Day? Enliven your barbecue with his grilled chicken recipe and our recommended wines to match.

2010 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts 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, and the finalists will be posted on, where viewers will vote for the winner. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. Find everything-including rules and previous years' finalists-at

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

  • Vintage variation explained: Learn how dramatically the vintage can affect a wine's character as senior editor Bruce Sanderson contrasts red Burgundies from 2007 and 2006.
  • Visiting the 2010 Grand Tour: Join senior editor James Molesworth as he strolls the massive New York tasting, interviewing winemakers and guests.

NOTES ON NEW RELEASES Zesty Zinfandels. Summer Values. Outstanding Syrahs. What else have you been missing? Get the best of our editors' latest reviews straight from the tasting room each week in our Tasting Highlights.

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