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In the June 15, 2011 Issue

Napa: A City Reborn

For decades, Napa Valley has epitomized wine country, but the town of Napa is only now coming into its own. In this special travel package, find out where to eat, drink and sleep in downtown Napa, and then take a tour through five days of the best the valley has to offer for visitors to wineries and restaurants.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

Napa Valley: Town and Country - The best of both worlds beckons in America’s most famous wine region with exciting new restaurants, hotels and wine bars

Urban Charms - The city of Napa has been revitalized with an extensive redevelopment of its historic waterfront, transforming a once-sleepy backwater into an enticing destination

Best Lodgings - From quiet cottages to full-service resorts, choices abound

Day Trips - Five itineraries take you to Napa Valley’s leading sites


    Tasting Reports

    The Bounty of the Loire - Back-to-back outstanding vintages deliver delicious wines, from soulful reds to crisp whites, as well as ethereal dessert wines

    Elegant Burgundies - The 2008 vintage produced Pinot Noirs with plenty of fruit and fine structure

    Cellar Notes

    Boom Times - Global sales pick up speed as a host of new players enters the market 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.



    The Many Lives of Schild Shiraz - Faced with strong demand for a highly rated wine, an Australian winery simply created more of it Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.


    Savvy Shopper


    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2010 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Is 2010 really 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 more than 400 reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

VALUE WINES, EASY FINDS Browse our exclusive lists of the world’s top value wines, top value producers and well-rated, easy-to-find wines made in large quantities. Pick your favorites and add them to your Personal Wine List to create a shopping list, or track your purchases.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING Memorial Day weekend kicks off the season for outdoor meals, backyard barbecues and picnics in the park. Get our favorite recipes and recently rated wines, perfect for the season!

WHAT WE’RE DRINKING NOW Our senior editors and tasters share the most interesting wines they’ve enjoyed with family and friends over meals.

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

  • Barolo—Soils and Styles: Piedmont’s famed Barolo district may be fairly small, but its vineyards have diverse soils. Vintner Ivana Borgogno explains how the different sites influence the wine styles.
  • Ripe Paso Robles: One of California’s most exciting wine regions, Paso is known for ripe wines from Rhône grapes. Learn more from winemaker Austin Hope.
  • Blending with Helen Keplinger: Meet Bryant Family’s new winemaker, who makes California Rhône-style wines under the Keplinger label with her husband. She explains what each variety contributes to the blends.


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