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In the Dec. 15, 2011 Issue

The Malbec Boom

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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 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

    Evergreen Quality - A wave of newcomers adds to the rising tide of quality from Washington state


    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






    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - The Chinese riddle 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. members can join the conversation.


    A Perfect Match

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