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In the Dec. 15, 2012 Issue

Oregon Pinot Noir

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

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

Cover Story

The Ascent of Oregon Pinot Noir - How the state’s vintners and winemakers climbed a steep learning curve to make memorable reds. Credit Oregon’s climate and soils, and a collaborative ethos in the heartland of the Willamette Valley


    Tasting Reports

      FREE: Argentina Alphabetical Listing - More than 500 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search. BONUS VIDEO: High-Altitude Malbec. Temperature changes with the altitude of the vineyard. Learn why this is important and how this impacts the wine in your glass, as Nicolás and Laura Catena taste a pair of Malbecs from Mendoza with Nathan Wesley.

    Food & Drink

    A Modernist Menu - Recipes from cutting-edge cookbook author Nathan Myhrvold highlight the science of deliciousness

      Wine Spectator Menu - Cocoa Tajarin With Roasted Cauliflower and Crab as well as Pork Tenderloin With Roasted Onion Sauce finishing with Coffee Pot de Crème

    Truffle Troubles - Falling production and low-quality imports threaten one of the world’s great luxury foods



    Mystery in the Cellar - When premature oxidation hits, the results are flat and tired wines, and the cause is still unknown

    Reviving a Chianti Icon - Francesco Ricasoli is rebuilding the reputation of his family’s historic estate, Castello di Brolio




    Golf Pro Cristie Kerr - When pro golfer Cristie Kerr isn’t on the greens, she’s building a wine collection



    Things We Like

    Wine Auctions

    Cellars / Collections

    Curtis Dahl - The home of New Jersey–based cellar builder Curtis Dahl houses two of his own designs


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - The class of '72 In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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