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In the May 31, 2011 Issue

Bordeaux Bargains

In Bordeaux, a merely "good" vintage can be a great thing for value seekers. Such is the case with the newly released 2008s. Get hundreds of scores and tasting notes and learn about the vintners behind the best of affordable Bordeaux.

FREE Wine Charts:

2008 Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all the 2008 Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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

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


As mentioned on the Letters page, you can find Marc Aumont's chocolate tart recipe from the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28 issue corrected here, free.

Cover Story

Bordeaux’s Value Angle - The 2008 vintage produced a bevy of wines ideal for early drinking, and while prices for the elite bottlings continue to zoom, there are plenty of values to be found. Our guide to the best red, white and dessert wines to hunt for without breaking the bank

    Bargain Bounty - Fifteen producers you can count on for well-priced wines. More than 40 wines rated throughout Bordeaux


    Tasting Reports

    South Africa’s Quiet Ascent - Quality is better than ever as Syrah and Cabernet make strides, while the country’s wineries hope for more space on U.S. retail shelves

      Wineries to Watch - Eight small producers making their name with variety and value BONUS VIDEO: Coming soon: Meet top South African winemakers as they discuss key regions, grapes and wine styles with James Molesworth.

    Austria’s Delightful Duo - Pure and delicious fruit flavors define the 2009 Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners, though quantities are down


    Desert Destination - Southern Arizona offers an oasis of wine and food pleasures, from the relaxing resorts of Tucson to homegrown reds, whites and rosés


    Weddings and Wine - Three couples share their love of wine on their big day. What they chose and why




    Savvy Shopper







    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    James Laube - Beyond Malbec In his latest blogs, James Laube reports from his vacation in Argentina about the country's wine scene: its dependence on Malbec, its efforts with other varieties and his visits to prominent wineries such as Achával-Ferrer. Check out his posts from February and March.

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2010 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Is 2010 another classic vintage in this famous French region? James Molesworth spent two weeks in Bordeaux tasting barrel samples of the young wines to find out. His full report will appear in our June 30 issue, along with exclusive analysis and extra features.

But right now, members can read his on-the-scene blogs for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for 250 reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

RECIPE SEARCH Need some ideas for new spring and summer dishes? Search more than 500 wine-friendly recipes by category, ingredient or matching wine type.

MOTHER'S DAY Honor Mom by preparing her a special meal at home or taking her out to a restaurant with one of the world's best wine lists. We'll help out with great wine recommendations, recipes and our Restaurant Search.

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.

WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL Planning a vacation for this summer? Get our editors' picks on which wineries, hotels and restaurants to visit in 17 major North American wine regions.

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