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In the April 30, 2012 Issue


This corner of Northwest Italy is home to the sublime and ageworthy reds of Barolo and Barbaresco, as well as distinctive whites. We give you the latest buying advice for the exciting 2007 and 2006 vintages and profiles of leading vintners.

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

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Cover Story

Focus on Barbaresco - A small region that almost fell by the wayside is filled with prime vineyards that make elegant Nebbiolos

Vintner Portraits - Six who help set the pace

Ascending Quality, Regionwide - Our annual tasting report finds back-to-back successes for Barbaresco and Barolo, underscoring a string of fine vintages


    Tasting Reports

    West Coast Values - The best wines for $25 or less from California, Oregon and Washington Always on the hunt for a bargain? Browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at great prices; Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values in their region.


    Hidden Corsica - France’s island realm is home to a distinctive culture and cuisine that help support a thriving wine scene


    The Wizard of Pixar - John Lasseter changed the world of animation with films such as Toy Story. In his spare time, he’s a serious winemaker in Sonoma Valley


    Finding the Sweet Spot - Some vintners are seeking lower alcohol levels in their wines, pushing back against history and nature

      Ripeness 101 - Knowing when grapes are ripe depends on science, experience and a little luck Name two key indicators of ripeness in a wine. Stumped? Take Sensory Evaluation at and get the most out of each sip. All online courses are free to site members.






    The Environment

    Savvy Shopper



    Wine Auctions


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

FINAL FOUR TASTE-OFF Need some new ideas for what to drink while watching the tournament? Wineries near each of the 2012 NCAA Final Four contenders take on our annual championship challenge.

PASSOVER PICKS Try out a new holiday recipe, plus discover the latest stars among kosher wines recently rated by our editors.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Fresh wines and seasonal recipes—from holiday splurges to fast-but-sophisticated weeknight meals—start the season off right.

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

  • He Said, She Said at Boedecker: Husband-and-wife team Stewart Boedecker and Athena Pappas agree that Pinot is the perfect grape. But when it comes to style, they go their separate ways. Join the fun as the couple talks winemaking—and relationships.
  • The Dundee Hills: For Pinot Noir grapes, this appellation is pretty close to heaven on earth. Argyle winemaker and Willamette Valley pioneer Rollin Soles explains the terroir and other insider details of winegrowing.

SENIOR EDITORS’ BLOGS Read about their latest discoveries in our tasting rooms. Check out exclusive wine notes and interviews from their travels. Get their take on hot topics in wine. Join the conversation with James Laube, James Molesworth, Bruce Sanderson and Harvey Steiman.

MY LIBRARY Save and organize your favorite articles, blogs, recipes and wineries and restaurants to visit. Plus, track your favorite wine rating searches (e.g., "Sonoma Pinot at 90 to 100 points") so that you can easily check to see when newly reviewed wines meet your criteria.


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