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In the June 30, 2012 Issue

Burgundy

The back roads of Burgundy are a source of distinctive wines that speak volumes about their history and geography. Let our discoveries in affordable Burgundy lead you to a world of historic vineyards, devoted winemakers and new flavors.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Bordeaux Barrels: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Bordeaux barrel samples reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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

Cover Story

Affordable Burgundy - Delicious Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are fashioned by skillful winemakers in often overlooked districts. We profile six appellations on the cutting edge of quality, and recommend wines from each
Chablis - Minerality and purity
Chorey-lès-Beaune - Old-vine pedigree
Marsannay - Exuberant Pinot Noirs
Mercurey - Cellar-worthy quality
Rully - Elegant Chardonnays
St.-Aubin - Prime hillside sites

Features

Tasting Reports

Classic Red Burgundy - The 2009 vintage delivers, especially in the Côte de Nuits
FREE: Red Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 540 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

First Look at 2011 Bordeaux - Sweet wines and dry whites star in a difficult vintage
FREE: 2011 Bordeaux Barrel Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 490 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search or by viewing convenient lists of reds in alphabetical order or by appellation, whites and sweet wines.

WineSpectator.com: Bordeaux Video Series: See 50 videos about Bordeaux, including a seminar with the first-growths, tours of top châteaus and winemaker interviews.

Zinfandel Elegance - California vintners continue to make strides with this distinctive red, as new faces help drive quality
FREE: California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 440 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Visit Sonoma's Jackass Hill, home of Zinfandel on the edge. Is this the steepest vineyard in Sonoma? How ancient are the vines? And what compels someone to farm this unique vineyard? Tim Fish got the story from third-generation grapegrower Lee Martinelli.

Travel

Beaune and Beyond - Burgundy’s vinous capital, home to fine restaurants and welcoming hotels, makes an ideal base from which to explore the region

People

Kapon’s Quest - Acker Merrall & Condit’s John Kapon’s precarious perch atop the wine auction world

Grapevine

Business

Latour to Forgo Futures as of 2012

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

Science

Red Wine May Battle Fat
Wine Spectator Unveils 2012 Edition of Napa Guide For iPad
Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator’s 6th Annual Video Contest

Cheese

Best Types of Cheese for Melting

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Sam Gugino's columns and other articles on cheese.

Spirits

Taming Grappa

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns and other articles on spirits.

Cellars / Collections

Boston Chef Lydia Shire - Boston-based chef has designed her colorful kitchen for company

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Letters

Savvy Shopper

California Zinfandel, Douro Reds and Washington Values

Columns

James Laube - High-stakes gambits

WineSpectator.com: In his recent blogs, James Laube tries former NBA All-Star Yao Ming's Napa Cabernet for the Chinese market and shares his thoughts on Bordeaux first-growth Château Latour's decision not to sell futures. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - War of the noses

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.)

A Perfect Match

Insalata Mista With Roero Arneis - Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW FOR THE IPAD: 2012 GUIDE TO NAPA VALLEY

Wine Spectator has updated and expanded its iPad app with four dozen 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 high-scoring Napa wines. Wine Spectator’s 2012 Guide to Napa Valley can be purchased from the App Store.

2012 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator’s sixth annual Video Contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the finalists, and we’ll post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers can vote for the winning video. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. Check out the rules and previous years’ finalists.

FATHER’S DAY Treat dad to top-notch wines and a special dinner. For a home-cooked meal, we share a new seasonal recipe and recently rated wines to match. Or, take him out to a restaurant with an award-winning wine list.

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

  • Filtered vs. Unfiltered Chardonnay: What does it mean for a wine to be "unfiltered" and how does it affect the character? Newton winemaker Chris Millard explains in this comparative tasting of two Napa Chardonnays.
  • Summer Sippers: Thirsting for a refreshing white? Look no further than northern Portugal’s Vinho Verde. Learn about these crisp wines with Aveleda’s Francisco Guedes.


NOTES ON NEW RELEASES Refreshing rosés. Summery whites. Juicy reds at value prices. What else should you be trying right now? Get the best of our editors’ latest reviews straight from the tasting room each week in our Tasting Highlights.

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