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In the June 30, 2012 Issue


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

    Rully - Elegant Chardonnays


    Tasting Reports

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


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


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






    Cellars / Collections


    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 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, 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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