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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.

Corrections:

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
FREE: 2008 Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing - More than 720 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.
Bargain Bounty - Fifteen producers you can count on for well-priced wines. More than 40 wines rated throughout Bordeaux

Features

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
FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing - More than 370 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.
Wineries to Watch - Eight small producers making their name with variety and value

WineSpectator.com: 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
FREE: Austria Alphabetical Listing - More than 350 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

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

People

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

Grapevine

Business

Concha y Toro Buys Fetzer Vineyards
High-Voltage Towers Anger Rioja Wine Industry
An American in Montrachet; Supreme Court Says No

World

China Bets Big on Bordeaux

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

Savvy Shopper

Sunny Whites, Tuscan Reds, Sauvignon Blancs and Rhône-style reds

Cheese

Grate Expectations

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

Chocolate

Spanish Renaissance

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan’s columns, and other articles on chocolate.

Spirits

The Gimlet, by the Books

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

Travel

Downtown L.A. Livens Up

WineSpectator.com: To find more than 3,700 dining destinations with Wine Spectator award-winning wine lists, check out our free Restaurant Search.

Retrospective

Quinta do Noval Nacional - A rare Port shows its pedigree in a tasting of five vintages

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 latest major sales results in Auction Highlights.

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters - Find Marc Aumont's chocolate tart recipe from the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28 issue corrected here, free

Columns

James Laube - Beyond Malbec

WineSpectator.com: 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.

Matt Kramer - You Can't Go Wrong

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.)

A Perfect Match

André Rochat’s Wasabi-Crusted Lamb With Shiraz - Chef André Rochat, André’s at the Monte Carlo, Las Vegas

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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