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In the April 30, 2011 Issue

Piedmont

Piedmont sits near the top of Italian gastronomy and its wines can match some of the best in the world. Learn about this beautiful region through the profiles of seven top wineries in key appellations, a tour of the best restaurants and hotels for visitors and a look at the area's many classic-rated new releases.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

The Pleasures of Piedmont - In northwest Italy, a beautiful landscape is home to a fascinating array of wines, from fresh-tasting whites to ageable reds
Mapping Piedmont - A detailed look at the key appellations
In the Spotlight: Malvirà—Arneis
Gaja—Barbaresco
Giacomo Bologna—Barbera
Giacomo Conterno—Barolo
Vietti—Barolo
Pecchenino—Dolcetto
La Scolca—Gavi

Features

Tasting Reports

Barolo, Barbaresco and Beyond - Several recent vintages showcase the diverse personalities of the region's many wines
FREE: Piedmont Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 475 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.

Riesling Runneth Over - Germany's 2009 vintage delivers a surplus of remarkable wines
FREE: Germany Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 530 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.

Portugal's Native Flavors - The Douro powers ahead, with the Alentejo and Dão scoring with values
FREE: Portugal Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 300 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.

Travel

Touring Barolo - For wine country travel, Piedmont is one of Italy’s most rewarding destinations

WineSpectator.com: Visit our Wine Country Travel section for our editors' picks on wineries, hotels and wine-friendly restaurants all over the world.

People

The Maestro of City Winery - The entrepreneurial Michael Dorf brings together wine, song and fine dining in downtown Manhattan

Grapevine

Business

Virginia and Maryland Reconsider Bans on Bringing Wine into Restaurants

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

Lawsuit Roils Nickel Wineries
French Real Estate Titan Buys Haut-Brion’s Neighbor
Saintsbury Sells Garnet Pinot Noir

People

Sommelier Hai Tran of An New World Cuisine - Sommelier Hai Tran looks for shared flavors when designing a list for Asian-inspired food

Savvy Shopper

French Reds, Argentine Malbecs and Vibrant Whites

Cheese

Flavor Flourishes - Using flavorings in cheese

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Sam Gugino's columns and other articles on cheese.

Spirits

Vermouth - Italy's gift to bartenders

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns, and other articles on spirits, at www.winespectator.com/spirits.

Travel

Maldives Underwater Resort - Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Paris Dining - Spring Restaurant

Wine Auctions

Top 10 Charity Auctions of 2010

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, and check the results at the latest major sales with our Auction Highlights.

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Columns

James Laube - A Two-for-One Solution

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube asks what you would most like to see changed in U.S. wine laws, says consumers have can choose to embrace or reject ripeness in wines, and introduces an exciting new California winery: Keplinger. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Wine and Money

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.)

Bruce Sanderson - Piedmont, Through Burgundy-Colored Glasses

A Perfect Match

Greg Short's Chilled Asparagus Salad With Grüner Veltliner - Chef Greg Short, Masa’s, San Francisco

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

EXPLORING WINE WITH TIM FISH Discover exciting wine values and wine regions to explore with associate editor Tim Fish in his new free-access blog.

FINAL FOUR TASTE-OFF Wondering what wines to drink while watching the games? Wineries near each of the 2011 NCAA Final Four contenders square off in our annual tasting tournament.

KOSHER WINE AND FOOD Check out our picks of great recently reviewed wines for Passover, plus try out a new holiday recipe.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Revitalize your parties with fresh new recipes and seasonal wines to match.

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

  • Four Chefs Pairings: Join Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Trotter, Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck as they challenge each other on the merits of different food and wine matches at the Wine Experience.
  • Transforming Tuscany: One of the hottest issues in wine today is ripeness levels. Join consulting winemaker Stefano Chioccioli as he describes the evolution of ripeness in Tuscany. Learn more with our accompanying worksheet.


SENIOR EDITORS’ BLOGS Hear about their latest discoveries in the tasting room. Get exclusive wine notes and interviews from their trips to wine regions. Find out which restaurants they recommend. Join the conversation with James Laube, James Molesworth, Bruce Sanderson and Harvey Steiman.

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