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In the June 30, 2011 Issue

José Andrés

"I made my career by feeding the masses," says José Andrés, "not feeding the few." Today, his true genius lies in an ability to combine earthy, homey food memories with extreme sophistication, and he has nine restaurants across the country to prove it.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Tales of José Andrés - How a big man from a small mining town in northern Spain is reshaping the style of his native country’s cuisine in the United States, from traditional tapas to edible foams
Accent on Activism - From aiding in the battle against childhood obesity to developing a new solar cooker for the world’s poor, Andrés makes his mark
Restaurant Portfolio - Across the nation, a pattern of success built from the ground up


Tasting Reports

Bordeaux in Barrel - Preliminary tastings of the 2010 vintage reveal wines with racy acidity, fresh tannins and ripe fruit flavors that stand as a powerful encore to the impressive ’09s
Zinfandel’s Rising Fortunes - Reds from the 2008 vintage come on strong, with those from Napa and Sonoma at the forefront for quality
FREE: California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 290 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.

Revisiting 2001 and 1991 California Zinfandel - Now 10 and 20 years old, some of the wines taste surprisingly youthful
New Zealand’s Appeal - Sauvignon Blanc is still in the driver’s seat, with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other varieties gaining ground
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 270 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.


The New Bordeaux - Behind the formal facade, Bordeaux offers warm hospitality, fine dining and, of course, great wine

WineSpectator.com: Visit our Wine Country Travel section for our editors' picks on wineries, hotels and wine-friendly restaurants in North American wine regions.



New Bordeaux Pipelines in the U.S. - American retailers search for alternate sources of Bordeaux

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

Shanken News Daily Launches to Serve Wine and Spirits Industry


Els for Autism - Golfer and vintner Ernie Els' pro-am tournament benefits autism research
Violinist Joshua Bell - Joshua Bell loves food and wine almost as much as his violin


Mapping Out the Vinifera Family Tree
Study: Alcohol May Protect Against Dementia
New Free VintageChart+ App For Smartphones - Vintage Charts Made Smart

Savvy Shopper

Aussie Reds, New Zealand Whites and California Zinfandel


Out to Pasture - Wisconsin's Pleasant Ridge Reserve is made from the milk of grass- and clover-fed cows

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


Renegade Whiskies - Small producers are stirring a rebellion in the world of whiskey

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

Things We Like

New D.C. Hot Spot - Plume at the Jefferson offers sumptuous French dining
Sideways Sequel - Rex Pickett's Vertical hits bookstore shelves
Cool Character - Artist-designed white clay wine chiller and coasters

Cellars / Collections

Wine Labels - A Canadian sommelier finds wine beauty on the outside

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Another Strong Year for Portland Charity Auction


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Toss the rule book

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube discusses the stylistic changes in California Chardonnay, answers reader questions about the wine-spoilage yeast brett and shares his thoughts on saga of Inglenook and Francis Ford Coppola's dream for it. Join the conversation.

Matt Kramer - Advice for the next generation

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

Alfred Portale’s Whole Roasted Fish with Chenin Blanc - Chef Alfred Portale, Gotham Bar and Grill, New York

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

FREE NEW VINTAGE CHART WEB APP Following up on our iPhone app, Wine Spectator has introduced a new Web version of our VintageChart+ app that’s compatible with most current smartphones—whether they’re powered by Android or feature a BlackBerry keyboard. The VintageChart+ Web app features 54 dynamically updated charts for the world’s major wine regions and grape varieties, so you can compare quality and make smarter decisions when faced with unfamiliar bottles in a restaurant or wineshop. Download it free.

2011 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator’s fifth annual video contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the finalists, and we’ll post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers can vote for the winning video. The deadline to enter is August 31. Find everything—including rules and previous years’ finalists.

FATHER’S DAY Treat dad to a special meal paired with his favorite wines. We share favorite recipes and recently rated wines to match, plus recommended restaurants with award-winning wine lists.

2011 SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE HARVEST REPORT A look at the vintage’s expected quality in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.

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  • Red-Hot Portugal: The country’s dry table wines are on a quality roll. Learn about Portugal’s traditional blends plus unique single varieties such as Alicante Bouschet from Alentejo in this two-part exploration.

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NOTES ON NEW RELEASES Summer rosés. Chardonnay values. Zesty Zinfandels. What else have you been missing? Get the best of our editors’ latest reviews straight from the tasting room each week in our Tasting Highlights.

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