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In the Nov. 30, 2010 Issue

Collectors and Cellars

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

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

Cover Story

Wine Collectors of America - The urge to splurge and build a cellar continues to spread in homes across the country. We take you inside the sanctuaries of wine lovers around the United States to see the latest in design and collecting strategies

    Cellaring Questions Answered - Ask Dr. Vinny—Here at Wine Spectator, we get questions from readers about all aspects of wine, from the down-and-dirty of wine production to the finer points of white-tablecloth dining. Since 2005, we’ve turned to our tireless correspondent Dr. Vinny Build your cellar through smart bidding. Use our online Auction Price Database to track the performance of more than 12,000 collectible wines. Check the results at the latest major sales with our Auction Highlights section, which spotlights lots that sold for above- or below-average prices.


    Tasting Reports

    Challenge in the Rhône - In 2008, winemakers faced their biggest hurdles since the deluges of 2002. But those who persevered have fine wines to their credit, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

      Risky Business - Cairanne winemaker Marcel Richaud forgoes sulfur in the pursuit of purity

    Merlot’s Perfect Timing - California Merlot producers took advantage of a near-ideal growing season in 2007 to put high quality in the bottle


    A Holiday Feast - Our classic English menu centers on roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, with claret to match





    Newsom Says No - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have imposed a fee on alcohol sales




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    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN/FREE SITE ACCESS On Nov. 15, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2010, followed by the complete Top 100 list. As a bonus during this two-week period, we'll be offering all visitors free trial access to our website's members-only features. Visit on Oct. 18 for more details and a full schedule of the upcoming countdown. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

NEW WORLD WINE EXPERIENCE Couldn't join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars? Our full event coverage brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU On Nov. 18, check out our annual tasting of these fresh, fruity and inexpensive reds. Find out which wines from the 2010 vintage are worth picking up by the case.

THANKSGIVING TIPS Find some fresh ideas for the holiday, plus advice on choosing wines for this classic meal and a list of recently rated wines our editors recommend.

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

  • Making a California Classic: In 1988, Fred Schrader was just another wine lover visiting Napa Valley for the first time. Twenty years later, he makes some of the best Cabernets in America. Meet Schrader, who talks about starting out, and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, who discusses their iconic wines.
  • Alsace Primer: Learn about this French region and its wines as tasting coordinator Alison Napjus talks with one of the area's top winemakers, Olivier Humbrecht.

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