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In the Aug. 31, 2010 Issue

Restaurant Wine List Awards

This year many high-end restaurants expanded their wine programs. Asia led the way, fueled by a fast-growing economy. U.S. restaurants that had the resources were able to take advantage of weak wine markets to buy collectibles at deep discounts.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

The World’s Best Wine Lists - If you have a thirst for first-growth Bordeaux in Hong Kong, grand cru red Burgundy in San Francisco or aged California Cabernet in Houston, we have the roadmap for your wining and dining pleasure in those cities and in more than 3,700 restaurants around the globe. Let our 2010 Restaurant Awards be your guide. FREE ACCESS: Complete listing details for all award winners are available in our free online Restaurant Search, where you can select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Grand Award Honor Roll

The Magnificent Seven - Our new Grand Award winners are a trans-Pacific celebration of wine, with a Texas twist and a sure bet on the Strip

Restaurant Listings - Information on our Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners in the United States and 60 other countries Free access to the complete Dining Guide, with full listings for all 3,743 award-winning restaurants, is available in our Restaurant Search which also allows you to select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and other criteria. members can also post their own personal ratings and share comments about the quality of their experience at these restaurants.


    Tasting Reports


    Outsized Success - How Palm Bay CEO David Taub built an empire of wine, from Cavit to Cornas




    Savvy Shopper



    Things We Like

    Wine Auctions


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2010 Restaurant Awards listings, featuring the more than 3,700 restaurants whose wine lists earned the nod this year, is searchable in our free online database.

SOMMELIER TALKS Meet the people behind the great wine lists: Discover their favorite pairings and which wines make it into their own cellars.

2010 VIDEO CONTEST-CALL FOR ENTRIES Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's fourth annual video contest and you could win great prizes, including a pair of passes to the weekend-long 2010 Wine Experience. We are looking for short, original videos that are educational and entertaining. Our editors will select the best entries, and the finalists will be posted on, where viewers will pick the winner. The deadline for entries is Aug. 31. You can find complete rules-along with previous years' finalists-at

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

  • Real Men Drink Pink: Editors Kim Marcus and James Molesworth compare crisp, refreshing rosés from Provence and Tavel.
  • Château Margaux Tasting: Join technical director Paul Pontallier in the tasting room as he describes two of the Bordeaux first-growth's reds from the 2006 vintage.
  • Carbon-Neutral Challenge: A group of Oregon wineries is trying to reduce its carbon footprint. Tony Soter and Alison Sokol Blosser explain the new program.

RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say about the winners in our 2010 Restaurant Awards program. The Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite spots.

VINTAGE CHARTS Faced with an unfamiliar wine? Or trying to figure out which wines in your cellar should be drinking well now? Consult our regularly updated charts, which rate vintages from 30-plus regions based on tastings of as many as hundreds of wines from each. Our charts include scores, descriptions of the wines' character and recommendations on when to drink them. Also available on Wine Spectator Mobile.


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