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Exploring Sonoma - From continent’s edge to rugged foothills, the vineyards of California’s Sonoma County unfurl like a complex tapestry. Our insider’s guide to one of the most inviting wine country destinations in the United States
Best Menus - Talented chefs and savvy wine lists have transformed the dining scene
Where to Stay - From country inns to luxury hotels
Sonoma Day Trips: Sonoma Valley - Birthplace of the California wine industry
Sonoma Day Trips: Carneros - Gateway to wine country
Sonoma Day Trips: Alexander Valley - Where Cabernet meets Zinfandel
Sonoma Day Trips: Dry Creek Valley - Beautiful back roads
Sonoma Day Trips: Russian River Valley - Pinot lovers' paradise
Sonoma Day Trips: Sonoma Coast - Call of the wild
WineSpectator.com: Planning to visit Napa Valley too? For our editors’ recommendations of wineries, restaurants, hotels and attractions to visit, check out the 2012 edition of our iPad app, Wine Spectator's Guide to Napa Valley, available in the App Store.
New Zealand’s Pinot Express - The excellent 2010 vintage puts Pinot Noir on the fast track, with rising quality across the board
Pinot Noir Names to Know - A recent visit finds leading winemakers upping the ante
Sauvignon Blanc Shines On - The wine that made the country’s reputation continues to satisfy
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Central Otago winemaker Blair Walter defines Pinot Noir character for this region in New Zealand’s South Island.
France’s Loire Valley - This diverse region offers a flavorful cornucopia from 2009 and 2010, with lighter-style reds and elegant whites perfect for warm-weather sipping
WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.
Jazz Pianist Jacky Terrasson - The musician honed his love for wine on the road in Europe
WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast's columns and other articles on coffee.
This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken
James Laube - 1982: Bordeaux breakout
WineSpectator.com: In his recent blogs, James Laube declares that the White House shouldn’t keep the state dinner wine lists secret and checks out the new lines of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from prominent sommelier Rajat Parr and Napa Cabernet producer Kathyrn Hall. Join the conversation with other members.
Matt Kramer - Debunking objectivity
WineSpectator.com: Don't miss Matt Kramer's web-exclusive essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)
Mandy Oser and Amorette Casaus’ Flank Steak and Salsa Verde With Malbec - Owner Mandy Oser and chef Amorette Casaus, Ardesia, New York
The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.
SUMMER ENTERTAINING Memorial Day weekend kicks off the season for barbecues, beach-going and backyard bashes. Find new warm-weather recipes and recently rated wines to keep you refreshed.
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FREE VINTAGE CHART APP Faced with an unfamiliar bottle in a restaurant? Want to know which wine to drink now and which to hold? Try our VintageChart+ app, with 54 dynamically updated charts for the world’s major wine regions and grape varieties, so you can compare quality and check drinking windows. VintageChart+ is available as an iPhone app and as a Web app compatible with most current smartphones. Download it free.
2011 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS What should you buy as futures from this tricky vintage? James Molesworth spent two weeks in Bordeaux tasting barrel samples of the young wines to find out. His full report will appear in our June 30 issue. But right now, members can read his on-the-scene blogs for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.
LEARN ABOUT NEW ZEALAND Wines from Down Under offer diversity and value. Get to know the key growing regions and taste the distinct wine styles with Wine Spectator School’s online course on Australia and New Zealand. This and nine other courses are included with your WineSpectator.com membership.
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