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In the Dec. 15, 2011 Issue

The Malbec Boom

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

Cover Story

Southern Siren - How Malbec from Argentina became an international star is a tale of luck, talent and persistence. And big, bold flavors in the bottle
Aging Malbec - While most versions are best drunk young, some of the country’s top bodegas are proving that their wines can benefit from short-term cellaring
ABCs of Argentina - The winemaking heritage of this vast country comprises four centuries of history and a multitude of grape varieties
Alphabetical Guide to Argentine Wines

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Coming soon: Compare the terroir of Argentina with that of Chile and Spain. O. Fournier produces wines in a number of exciting regions, and owner José Manuel Ortega Gil-Fournier contrasts them and their wine styles.


Tasting Reports

Argentina’s Power - Malbec and more offer plenty of excitement from the 2009 vintage
Evergreen Quality - A wave of newcomers adds to the rising tide of quality from Washington state
FREE: Washington Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 700 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.

New Faces in Washington Wine


Caviar’s New Allure - Once strictly an expensive indulgence, delicious roe is now available at various price points


Swiss Seeker - Donald Hess has traveled the globe in search of great terroir. In the wilds of northern Argentina he found his biggest adventure


Terroir Frères - Bordeaux-born brothers Thierry and Philippe Germain pursue quality Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley
A Serbian Revival - One vintner’s quest to rebuild his family winery in a war-torn countryside



Spago Sommelier Christopher Miller - Christopher Miller beefed up the wine list at Wolfgang Puck’s California flagship


Resveratrol Findings Questioned
Whisky Advocate Is Launched
Health Group Calls Red Wine’s Heart Benefits a ‘Myth’


Understanding Kona

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast’s columns, and other articles on coffee.


Japanese Whisky

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

Cellars / Collections

Rocker Nathan Followill - The Kings of Leon drummer fills his cellar with wines he finds on tour


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Bargain Reds and Distinctive Whites


James Laube - The Chinese riddle

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube shares updates from his most recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and he discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. WineSpectator.com members can join the conversation.

Matt Kramer - One cheese, one wine

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Selling Wine at Auction - Insider tips to save money when you put your wine up for sale
V Foundation Charity Auction Nets $1.37 Million

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A Perfect Match

Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli’s Braised Rabbit With Valpolicella - Chefs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, Frankies 570 Spuntino, New York

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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