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In the June 15, 2012 Issue


Sonoma County offers an amazing range of wines waiting to be discovered. There’s cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, sun-drenched Zinfandel, supple Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, plus sparkling wine and more.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

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


    Tasting Reports

    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





    The Environment



    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.


Wine Spectator has updated and expanded its iPad app with 50 additional recommendations and more than 100 new wine reviews to help wine lovers plan the perfect trip to Napa Valley or simply learn more about its wines. Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley shares our editors’ picks for the best hotels, restaurants, attractions and wineries of the region. The app also contains rich articles, beautiful photographs, maps, recipes to pair with Cabernet Sauvignon and reviews of more than 400 highscoring Napa wines. Wine Spectator’s Guide to Napa Valley 2012 Edition can be purchased from the App Store.

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.

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

  • Baseball Legend Tom Seaver: The Hall of Famer shares the story behind his California vineyard, from which he and his team are now producing top-notch Cabernet.
  • Single-Vineyard Barolo: The wines of Barolo are often blended from numerous vineyards. But Renato Ratti is focusing on single sites. Learn more about these intense wines with Pietro Ratti.

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 membership.


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