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In the Mar. 31, 2011 Issue

California's Exciting Rhône Reds

Syrah- and Grenache-based wines rank among the Golden State’s most exciting new releases. The inside story of the wines, and the rising generation of vintners who make them.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Justin Smith’s Saxum - A local boy makes good in the remote reaches of western Paso Robles, tending a family vineyard and focusing on Grenache BONUS VIDEO: Join Saxum winemaker Justin Smith in his Paso Robles vineyards as he discusses their evolution, his picking decisions and what he thinks of the 2007 James Berry Vineyard bottling that was named the 2010 Wine of the Year.

Talent Show - Seven Paso Robles winemakers who are pushing up quality in distinctive ways


    Tasting Reports

    Spice of Life - Grenache adds verve as California Rhône makers hone regional styles and consumers warm to the art of the blend

    Chile’s Diversity and Value - Pinot Noir is just one of the many grape varieties in the country’s expanding quality hunt. Plus, great values for $15 or less

    Food & Drink


    Bordeaux’s Power Couple - How the Cathiards of Smith-Haut-Lafitte have transformed a near-derelict estate in Pessac-Léognan into a red and white powerhouse



    Business Briefs - Banfi owners buy Pacific Rim; Americans invest in Burgundy



    Savvy Shopper



    Wine Auctions

    Auction Index - Hong Kong surges ahead in second-half 2010 Build your cellar through smart bidding. Use our online Auction Price Database to track the performance of more than 12,000 collectible wines, and check the results at the latest major sales with our Auction Highlights.

    Cellars / Collections

    Wine & Design - A San Francisco restaurateur makes the most of cozy home spaces


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE AND FOOD MATCHMAKING In our new "8 & $20" series, you'll learn how eight ingredients and an under-$20 bottle of wine can come together for a restaurant-quality meal. Check back often for easy, tasty recipes.

WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL-CENTRAL COAST Has this month's cover story gotten you excited to visit Paso Robles? Check our editors' travel tips on wineries, restaurants and hotels to visit throughout the Central Coast's key regions: Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo (Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande), Paso Robles and Monterey (Santa Lucia Highlands).

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

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

  • Argentina Primer: The Andes Mountains define the country's wine regions, making for diverse styles of Malbec and Torrontès. Learn the basics as vintner Alberto Arizu joins Gloria Maroti Frazee.
  • Oregon's Classic 2008 Pinots: Harvey Steiman presents some of his favorite Pinot Noirs from Oregon's classic 2008 vintage at the 2010 Wine Experience. Hear from the vintners behind the wines like Pas de Nom's Lynn Penner-Ash, Savoya Vineyard's Ken Wright, Bergström's Josh Bergström and Archery Summit's Anna Matzinger.

WINE RATINGS+ Use our Wine Ratings Search to look up scores and tasting notes for more than 240,000 wines. Then discover more information about the wines that most interest you; individual wine pages display links to articles, blogs or videos about that producer. Collectible wines list auction price data, while additional tasting notes are displayed for older wines that we've tasted in retrospectives or verticals.

VINTAGE CHARTS Misplaced your wallet-sized vintage chart from the Jan.-Feb. issue? Want extra copies? Print more with our online PDF. Plus, check out our detailed individual charts and our vintage chart grid comparing quality across all regions for the past few decades.


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