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In the Aug. 31, 2011 Issue

Restaurant Awards

The 30th anniversary of Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards program sees five new Grand Award winners join the ranks of the world’s greatest wine lists. A look at how wine service has been transformed in the past three decades, and what lies ahead.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

Time in a Bottle

Evolution - Wine culture in dining rooms in the United States and abroad has advanced markedly since our first Restaurant Awards were given, in 1981. A look at what’s happened, and why.

Riding a Wave of Wine - Since 1981, Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards program has recognized outstanding wine lists

Behind the Lists - A slowly improving economy strengthens wine offerings as well as the variety of serving options. Plus, the new Grand Award winners: Five restaurants that have reached the pinnacle of wine

    Rekondo, San Sebastián, Spain - A national treasure of Spanish wines FREE ACCESS: Complete listing details for all award winners are available in our free online Restaurant Search, where you can select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Grand Award Honor Roll

Restaurant Listings Free access to the complete Dining Guide, with full listings for all award-winning restaurants, is available in our Restaurant Search, which allows you to select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and other criteria. members can also post their own personal ratings and share comments about the quality of their experience at these restaurants.


    Tasting Reports



    Deal Watch - Two Champagne brands sold; South Africa's Klein Constantia sold


    Harvest Report - Southern Hemisphere roundup For more details about the 2011 vintage in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America, read our full reports.



    Power Yeast - How one species of yeast became wine's best friend

    Savvy Shopper



    Wine Auctions

    A How-To Guide - Nine strategies to help you raise your paddle with confidence


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2011 Restaurant Award listings, with nearly 4,000 wine-loving restaurants, are searchable in our free online database.

SOMMELIER TALK Meet the people behind the great wine lists: Find out their favorite pairings and which wines make it into their own cellars.

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 best, and the finalists will be posted on, where viewers will vote for the winner. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. Find everything including rules and previous years finalists.

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

  • Bordeaux Values: How can you find delicious Bordeaux that doesn't break the bank? Join James Molesworth as he shares some of his favorite values from the region.
  • Piedmont Reds and Whites: Learn more about this Italian region and its signature wines, including Barolo, one of the world's great reds, and Arneis, a white brought back from near-extinction.

ASK DR. VINNY Have questions about wine? Our saucy expert addresses everything from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette.

RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say on the winners in our 2011 Restaurant Awards program. Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite dining spots.

PERSONAL WINE LIST Create shopping lists. Organize your purchases. Track the contents of your cellar. Print shelf tags. Use the PWL to create as many lists as you need, add rated and unrated wines, and get updates on the value of wines in your collection.


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