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In the Sept. 30, 2012 Issue

All About Beef: A Comprehensive Guide

From backyard grills to world-class steak houses, the hunger for high-quality beef is growing. As are the options: Corn- or grass-fed? Wet- or dry-aged? Learn how to make the best choices for your dining enjoyment, from cuts to cooking techniques, in our special report.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Top Chefs’ Recipes - Burgers, steaks and beyond, with wines to match

Beef Primer - The inside story on where it comes from and what makes the best. Plus, we explain terminology, aging and special breeds

The Best Cuts - What to buy and how to prepare it

Steak House Stars - The leading chains for wining and dining pleasure, and their specialties Search our complete 2012 Restaurant Wine List Award listings, with nearly 3,800 wine-loving dining spots, in our free database. Narrow down your results by award level, wine pricing and whether corkage is permitted. Then save your favorites to your Foursquare to-do list. Website members can post ratings and get personalized recommendations for other award winners they might like.


    Tasting Reports

    White Burgundy - The 2009 vintage offers plush wines with plenty of up-front appeal

    California Pinot Noir - The frontiers of quality continue to expand with recent vintages offering a treasure trove of delicious bottlings

      Three to Watch - These California wineries have recently set their sights on Pinot Noir, the state’s fastest-rising red. Shifting gears is often difficult in wine, yet this trio shows how deftly it can be done







    Skier Tommy Moe - Olympic skier Tommy Moe enjoys sipping wine in extreme conditions



    The Bar Librarian Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns and other articles on spirits.

    Wine Auctions

    Second-quarter analysis - Despite overall price decline in second-quarter 2012, U.S. bests Hong Kong in sales volume

    Cellars / Collections

    Sweet Home, Alabama - A California chef builds a kitchen and life less ordinary in small-town Alabama


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2012 VIDEO CONTEST—CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine videos have been pouring in to Wine Spectator's sixth annual contest. (Entries accepted until Aug. 31.) Now you be the judge: Finalists will be posted on on Sept. 10, and you can vote for your favorite. The first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 18.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Don't sweat your holiday weekend party; try an easy new recipe, paired with highly rated wines sure to please a crowd.

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

  • Barossa's New Groove: Many Australian reds have a reputation for being overripe and high in alcohol. Learn why Barossa is suited to making more balanced wines with Chateau Tanunda's John Geber, a leading advocate for a restrained style.
  • Château Palmer's Classic Margaux Style: What shapes the character of this third-growth Bordeaux estate's wines? The poor soils of the Margaux appellation and a large proportion of Merlot, explains Bernard de Laage.

BACK TO (WINE) SCHOOL Get more out of each sip with one of our online wine courses, from Understanding Wine to seminars on Food Pairing, Sensory Evaluation and top wine regions. Start whenever you want, and share the tastings with family and friends. All courses are free with a membership, only $49 per year.

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RECIPE SEARCH Want to add some new dishes to your repertoire? Find hundreds of delicious recipes on our website, searchable by ingredient, food type and matching wine type.


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