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In the April 30, 2011 Issue


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


    Tasting Reports


    Touring Barolo - For wine country travel, Piedmont is one of Italy’s most rewarding destinations Visit our Wine Country Travel section for our editors' picks on wineries, hotels and wine-friendly restaurants all over the world.





    Savvy Shopper


    Flavor Flourishes - Using flavorings in cheese Members can reference our full archives of Sam Gugino's columns and other articles on cheese.


    Vermouth - Italy's gift to bartenders Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns, and other articles on spirits, at


    Wine Auctions


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

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.

MY LIBRARY Save and organize all your favorite articles, blogs, recipes and wineries and restaurants to visit. Plus, track your favorite wine rating searches (e.g., “California Pinot under $40”) so that you can easily check to see when new reviews meet your criteria.


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