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In the Sept. 30, 2010 Issue

Matching Wine & Food

Matching the foods and wines you love can deliver boundless pleasure if you follow a few basic rules. In this comprehensive package, we bring you expert advice, help with tricky matches, and eight recipes created by top chefs to fill a menu for wine lovers.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

White Burgundy: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all white Burgundies reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

A Master Guide to Pairing Wine and Food - Basic rules and eight chefs’ recipes for stellar matching

Matching Wine and Food - Understanding the synergy that drives the world’s classic pairings can guide home cooks to wine-and-food matching success

Dishes Tailor-Made for Wine Lovers: Goat Cheese Salad - Eight recipes that coax the best from the bottle, starting with one from chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse

    Tarte Tatin - Chef David Myers, Comme Ça Find hundreds more wine-friendly recipes, with suggested wine matches, in our online Recipe Search.


    Tasting Reports

    California Pinot Noir’s Pleasant Surprise - On the heels of the extraordinary 2007 vintage, winemakers rise to the challenge of a tough 2008 to release a spate of appealing wines. How they did it, plus profiles of three leading producers

    White Burgundy - The 2007 and 2008 vintages offer plenty of character and high quality, though in different styles. Prices are high for the prestige bottles, while Chablis and Mâcon provide relief for value seekers.


    Zinfandel Grand Masters - Napa’s Biale family honors tradition and succeeds with some of California’s oldest vines



    Wine Deals - Foley buys Chalk Hill and Maison Champy buys Domaine Lafleure-Piot


    In Memoriam - Remembering Douglas Murray and Stanley Wagner


    Savvy Shopper



    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

FREE WINE COURSES The best value in wine today … is a wine course. Wine Spectator School courses are now free with a membership, which costs only $49 per year. Take one online course or all 10, from ABCs to in-depth explorations of Bordeaux and Tuscany to Sensory Evaluation. Whether you are new to wine or have collected for years, your course is waiting for you.

RECIPE SEARCH Inspired to try some new dishes? Find hundreds of delicious recipes on our website, searchable by ingredient, food type and matching wine type.

RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say on the winners in our 2010 Restaurant Award program. Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite dining spots and their wine lists.

GLOSSARY WITH AUDIO PRONUNCIATIONS Confused by an unfamiliar term on a wine label or in a tasting note? Don't know how to pronounce a certain word? Get help from the expanded online glossary in our Learn About Wine section.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Say farewell to summer with a group of friends, great recipes and our picks of highly rated wines to please the crowd.

2010 VIDEO CONTEST-CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine videos have been pouring in for Wine Spectator's fourth annual contest. (Entries accepted until Aug. 31.) Now, you be the judge. The finalists will be posted on on Sept. 13, and you can vote for your favorite. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 21, and the first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience! Find all the details at

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

  • Single Vineyard or Blend? Two Hands makes some of Australia's best Shiraz. Meet co-owner Michael Twelftree as he explains the distinctive characters of a single-vineyard bottling and a blend.


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