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In the July 31, 2011 Issue

The Wines of Summer

In recent years there has been a subtle shift in Chardonnay styles. It’s not a wholesale change. But more grapes are being picked at lower sugars and higher acidity and from cooler vineyard sites.

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The Wines of Summer - California Chardonnay, Australian Shiraz and dry rosé are perfect for enjoying with friends and family during the long days of summer. We guide you to the best wines to buy, plus offer three recipes that make easy matches

Rosé Match - Saffron Potato and Summer Squash Tart With Watercress Salad

Shiraz Match - Australian-Style Grilled Hamburgers With Herbed Potatoes

Chardonnay Match - Grilled Yogurt-Marinated Chicken With Barley Salad


    Tasting Reports

    The Best from Down Under - Shiraz is still the marquee wine from Australia, but Riesling and other varietals are coming on strong

    Rosé Renaissance - From dry, copper-colored versions to purple-hued, fruit-infused quaffs, we round up the best rosés from France, California and beyond


    New York’s New Italians - Four restaurants help define the cutting edge in Manhattan To find thousands of dining destinations with Wine Spectator award-winning wine lists, check out our free Restaurant Search.




    Paper? Plastic? Haut-Brion? - Some Whole Foods grocery stores are setting up wine and beer tasting counters Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

    Global Briefs - Bubbly on the Block; POP Auction; Fit for a Duchess




    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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FOURTH OF JULY It’s time for backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and beachside bashes. We give you recommendations on fun wines and recipes for outdoor dining.

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

  • Rebuilding a Vineyard in the Rhône: Grapes from steep slopes can make great wines, but working these sites is not easy. Jean-Louis Chave shows what it takes to create a hillside terrace.
  • Old Terroir, New Ideas: Meet three of South Africa’s top vintners—from Hamilton Russell, Rust en Vrede and L’Ormarins—as they explain how their country has evolved to produce world-class wines.

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