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In the Dec. 15, 2010 Issue


Often outshouted by versions from California and Europe, the Rieslings, Chardonnays, Cabernets, Merlots and Syrahs of Washington can deliver pure fruit flavors and distinctive character at prices that don’t break the bank (psst, pass it on).

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Undiscovered Country - With diverse terroirs, a warm growing season and boundless water for thirsty vines, the wineries of Washington are quietly making some of the most distinctive wines in the world
FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing - More than 660 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.
Pathbreakers - The inside scoop on five of Washington’s most exciting wineries and the vintners who drive them
Rich Vein for Values - Our annual analysis of recent releases finds the Evergreen state powering ahead with well-priced reds and whites


Tasting Reports

Argentina Misses a Beat - The mixed-bag 2008 vintage is a blemish amid surging exports and a run of high quality harvests
FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing - More than 640 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.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: The Cheval Connection: Two top wines, both named Cheval-one in Bordeaux, the other in Argentina. Get the story behind them with Pierre Lurton of Château Cheval Blanc and Nicholas Audebert of Cheval des Andes.


Home for the Holidays - Whether for the kitchen, the bar or the dining room, choices abound for the wine lover on your list


A Bordeaux Harvest Feast - A family recipe for a warming beef stew from Château Lynch-Bages
An American Tale - Wall Street tycoon Clarence Dillon bought first-growth Château Haut-Brion for a song in the midst of the Great Depression. Today it stands as one of France’s greatest estates
Bordeaux U.S.A. - Twenty châteaus whose wine is French but whose roots are American



Sonoma, By Any Other Name - New state laws require wine made in Sonoma appellations to have "Sonoma County" on the label

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

Grape Thieves Take Their Toll - Wineries in Washington and southern France suffer harvest-time grape thefts


Harvest Mishaps


In Memoriam
Rocker David Coverdale - Whitesnake's lead singer starts a wine label
Sommelier Spotlight


Some Wine During Pregnancy Not a Risk, Study Finds


Is French Oak Corking Your Wine? - A controversial new study posits that barrels can be a significant source of TCA
Health Report: Moderate Drinking Linked to Longer Lives, But Is It the Wine?
Super Grapes - Genetic engineering offers the hope that many grapevine maladies can be overcome, but critics fear the potential risks

Savvy Shopper

Hip Syrahs, Stunning Rieslings


Gifts for Coffee Lovers


New-Wave Whiskeys - Small-batch distillers spread whiskey territory far beyond Kentucky

Wine Auctions

Prices Surge in Third Quarter - Collectors splurge for blue-chip Bordeaux

WineSpectator.com: 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. Find them at www.winespectator.com/collecting.

A Celebration on Long Island


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Sonoma’s New Star

WineSpectator.com: In his blog, James Laube discusses the late and light 2010 harvest in California, pays tribute to a Carneros Pinot Noir visionary and highlights a new star in Sonoma. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Second Life for Corks?

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.)

James Molesworth - Bordeaux’s Challenge

WineSpectator.com: In his blog, James Molesworth introduces you to winemakers and wineries worth watching, from Bordeaux's Gruaud-Larose and Monbrison to Frenchmen and Kiwis working in Chile to the leaders in New York's Finger Lakes.

A Perfect Match

Scott Anderson’s Spaghetti Carbonara With Beaujolais - Chef Scott Anderson, Elements, Princeton, N.J.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the 100 most exciting wines they've tasted. Starting in mid-November, we unveil the picks online at WineSpectator.com. (The complete package will be available exclusively in our Dec. 31, 2010 - Jan. 15, 2011 issue.)

Top 10 Countdown:On Monday, Nov. 15, WineSpectator.com will begin revealing the Top 10 wines, culminating with the Wine of the Year on Friday, Nov. 19. Each unveiling will be accompanied by a video explaining why the wine was selected. After the countdown, we'll provide a printable list of the entire Top 100, complete with wine name, rank, score and price.

Free Site Access: As a bonus during the Top 100 period, we'll be offering all visitors free trial access! Be sure to check out all our website's members-only features-including tasting notes for all the Top 100 wines-from Nov. 15 to 28. Don't miss out!

HOLIDAY GIFTS AND ENTERTAINING Get great ideas for the wine lovers among your friends and family. Plus, we'll help you impress your party guests with crowd-pleasing wines and delicious recipes.

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

  • Spain—Tradition and Innovation: Learn about the traditional Ribera del Duero region and its wine styles from innovative vintner José Manuel Ortega Fournier of O. Fournier.

THE GIFT OF WINE EDUCATION Give a gift of WineSpectator.com membership this holiday season and your loved ones can take any or all of our Wine Spectator School online courses-from the ABCs of Tasting to in-depth seminars on Food Pairing, California Cabernet, Bordeaux, Tuscany and more. Browse the course catalog.

TRAVEL ADVICE Going away for the holidays? Find out which North American wineries, wine-country hotels and wine-friendly restaurants our editors recommend, plus learn what fellow readers think of them. Share your own ratings and reviews when you return.

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