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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.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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
Top Wines by Turley - A cross-section of her best wines, past and present


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

WineSpectator.com: 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
FREE: California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 400 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.

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
FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 450 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.


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


Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour tastings - More than 200 wineries pour their best for three nights in Las Vegas, New York and Washington, D.C.


Frontier Grapegrowing - The man behind the California Cooler is pushing boundaries in Mendocino County



Extortionist Threatens to Poison Top Burgundy Vineyards
Montalcino Hail Storm
Harvest Report - Notes from the 2010 growing season in Southern Hemisphere wine regions

WineSpectator.com: For more details on the harvest in each country, read our full reports.


Japanese CEO Opens Napa All-Star Winery - Kenzo Tsujimoto of Capcom offers wines by Heidi Barrett and David Abreu, tasting menu from Thomas Keller
Jazz Vocalist Cassandra Wilson - Mississippi-born singer stocks her recording sessions with quality wine

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Sauvignon Blanc and full-flavored reds


A Summer Sorbet - A refreshing chocolate sorbet recipe


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


Hot spots in Philadelphia, Ojai and Spain

Cellars / Collections

Ask the Experts - Should I consider the Asian market when auctioning my wine collection?
How to Sell Prized Bottles

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


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - In praise of oddball grapes

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube stares down a new wine label, puts the tomato-wine quality theory to the test and relates that Napa Vintner Randy Dunn is not done with the high-alcohol debate. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Sidestepping the sideshow

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 Paul Bartolotta’s Tiny Clams in White Wine Broth - Chef Paul Bartolotta, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Las Vegas

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 WineSpectator.com, where viewers will vote for the winner. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. Find everything-including rules and previous years' finalists-at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2010.

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.

INSIDER INFORMATION Want a jump on the hot new mailing-list wines or hard-to-find collectibles for your cellar before they sell out? Our weekly Insider newsletter features 30 or more exciting finds. Be sure to sign up for the e-mail alerts.

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