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In the March 31, 2012 Issue

2009 Bordeaux

At the top end, the '09 vintage delivers stunning wines. 2009 is not a flawless vintage from top to bottom, but it is clearly a superb year. It will, however, face stiff competition from the 2010s.

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

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Cover Story

Bordeaux 2009 - The first classic-rated vintage since 2005 yields a treasure trove of luscious reds from France's premier wine region. Plus: A look ahead to 2010 shows more excitement in the offing

    Notable Values - Second wines offer a taste of top châteaus, at a fraction of the price

    Off the Radar - Thirteen up-and-coming estates that are making names for themselves

    Doubly Sweet - Sauternes delivers quantity and quality, while dry whites also succeed


Going Beyond Glass - A comparison of alternatives to the traditional bottle, and their eco-impacts

    Tasting Reports


    Seattle's Native Appeal - Homegrown chefs with a passion for local products raise the bar Visit our Wine Country Travel section for our editors’ picks of places to visit in key North American wine regions. Plus find more than 3,700 restaurants with award-winning wine lists in our Restaurant Search.


    The Iconoclast - Twenty years after his first garage wine, Jean-Luc Thunevin is still making waves





    Going Organic Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns and other articles on spirits.

    Wine Auctions

    Cellars / Collections

    Built for Tasting - Michigan collector’s cellar is the perfect place for sharing wine


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE AND FOOD MATCHMAKING In our "8 & $20" series, learn how eight ingredients and an under-$20 bottle of wine can come together for a restaurant-quality meal. Check back often for easy, tasty recipes.

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