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In the Nov. 15, 2010 Issue

Fred Schrader

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

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Cover Story

Drive to the Top - Fred Schrader has been there before and now he’s there again: At the top of the Napa Valley winemaking world. His deal-making skills and single-minded pursuit of excellence have resulted in some of the greatest California Cabernet Sauvignons ever made BONUS VIDEO: Meet Fred Schrader, who talks about starting out in Napa Valley 20 years ago, and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, who discusses their iconic wines.

    The Winemaker - When first hired at Schrader Cellars, Thomas Brown had yet to make a Cabernet. Now he has two 100-pointers to his credit


    Tasting Reports

    Napa’s Cabernet Triumph - The 2007 vintage is stellar, with more than 100 outstanding releases. Plus: Get ready for bottlings from 2008 and 2009

      The New Faces of Napa - This group of notable new Napa Cabernet producers includes both wine-industry veterans and newcomers with a common thread: outstanding recent releases of the region's paramount red.

    Food & Drink


    Cruising to Carmel - The Monterey Peninsula is home to this hub of fine wine and dining just a few miles from luxurious wine country resorts Planning a wine-country vacation? Get advice on which wineries, hotels and restaurants to visit in 17 major North American wine regions, in our Wine Country Travel tours.



    California’s Vintage Woes - Record-breaking low temperatures in spring and summer were followed by a devastating late-August heat wave Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.




    Savvy Shopper



    Bourbon’s Rise - How the Kentucky whiskey industry created a rival to single-malt Scotch

    Wine Auctions


    Harlan Estate - A vertical from 1990 to 2006 reveals the Napa vineyard's greatness


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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HARVEST 2010 Find out what crush is really like, behind the scenes in our winemaker interviews. And don't miss winemakers' recipes for hearty harvest season meals to please a crowd.

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