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In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2011 Issue

Single Malt Scotch

The depth of flavor in these singular Scotches rivals that of fine wine; they are a unique product of a beautiful land. Our in-depth look takes you there to explore what makes single malts special, uncover the history of the whisky-making process and tally the evidence for Scotch terroir. Plus: An exclusive tasting of select single malts.

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

Cover Story

A Wine Lover’s Guide to Scotch - Scotch whisky’s evolution from a primitive product to its modern virtuosity has taken centuries, and you can spend a lifetime tasting and exploring the best. Here’s our guide to help you find your way Want to learn more about other spirits? Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns, and other articles on spirits.


    Tasting Reports


    Year in Review: 2010 - The wine industry got back on its feet, while consumers bought a diverse array of good value wines Members can browse complete tastings notes for all wines reviewed in 2010 via our online Wine Ratings Search. To narrow down the list, select Expand Advanced Search and choose additional criteria, such as price, score, region or variety.



    Around the Wine World - Washington freeze may reduce 2011 grape crop; Mulderbosch Vineyards sold; turning water into wine Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.



    Sommelier Thomas Carter - Blue Hill at Stone Barns wine director Thomas Carter found his calling in a bottle of Beaucastel


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    The Gaviña Family Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast’s columns, and other articles on coffee.


    Cellars / Collections


2010 Article Index

    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2010 VINTAGE REPORTS With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator's editors provide an early look at quality in key regions across the Northern Hemisphere. And for on-the-go access to our vintage ratings for regions around the world, download our free iPhone app, VintageChart+.

SUPER BOWL STARS Host a winning party with our great picks for game-day wines to pair with signature snacks from the teams' home states.

VALENTINE'S DAY Sweeten the day with our sure-to-please wine and food matches. Plus, dessert recipes, chocolate recommendations and more.

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  • Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine: The state's wineries have a reputation for being green. But what does sustainability mean in the vineyard, winery and wine? Get answers from vintners taking part in the new certification program.
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