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In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue

Editors' Picks

Wine Spectator editors taste the world's most exciting wines, and each of our issues is a guide to their findings. Yet our editors also have notebooks filled with additional information and insights that reflect their unique experiences. Watch our video preview of the issue.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Editors' Picks - Our tasting team sampled more than 17,000 wines last year. In this exclusive report, they share their most exciting discoveries, as well as favorite dining haunts, revelatory moments, pet peeves and predictions for the future
James Laube - Senior editor James Laube talks California reds, Napa and Sonoma dining, and the downside of overpriced bottles
Harvey Steiman - Editor at large Harvey Steiman recommends some under-the-radar Australian wines and mounts a defense of the twist-off cap
Thomas Matthews - Executive editor Thomas Matthews offers praise for a handful of classic restaurants and identifies a group of standout Spanish whites
Kim Marcus - Managing editor Kim Marcus discusses emerging regions in Europe, by-the-glass pours and America's booming wine culture
Bruce Sanderson - Senior editor and tasting director Bruce Sanderson gives his cellaring recommendations for the coming year and names his top restaurants in New York and Philadelphia
James Molesworth - Senior editor James Molesworth sings the praises of 2010 Rhônes, suggests an excellent wine value and discusses his quest for the perfect bottle
MaryAnn Worobiec - Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec selects her favorite California Petite Sirahs, addresses some outstanding offerings from New Zealand and gives her advice on when to open your best bottles
Dana Nigro - Senior editor Dana Nigro speculates on the future of green winemaking, laments the lack of organic options at fine wine stores and comments on the surge in quality from New York's Finger Lakes region
Alison Napjus - Senior editor Alison Napjus presents her top wines of the year and issues dining recommendations for Beaujolais, Champagne and Munich
Tim Fish - Associate editor Tim Fish points out the improving stature of California rosé, identifies a handful of excellent Zinfandels and criticizes wine lists at the extremes of obscurity and predictability
Nathan Wesley - Senior editor Nathan Wesley serves up acclaim for Italian whites, weighs in on cellaring Argentinean Malbec and looks ahead to a strong class of Chilean Pinot Noirs


Tasting Reports

Oregon’s Delicate Pinot Noirs - The 2010 vintage delivers scores of outstanding wines featuring concentrated flavors on elegant frames
FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing - More than 550 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: Back in 1971, the wine scene in Oregon was sleepy. But pioneer David Adelsheim figured he could grow grapes there for the elegant Pinot Noirs he dreamed of making. Today, Adelsheim is one of Oregon's top wineries. Look through David's eyes to learn why Oregon is such a fabulous place for Pinot.

New York’s Finger Lakes - Riesling is the calling card for this emerging cool-climate region, with Pinot Noir showing promise
FREE: Finger Lakes Alphabetical Listing - More than 325 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.


Year in Review: 2012 - American wine drinkers trade up as wine sales grow slowly
Pull-Out Vintage Card - More comprehensive vintage charts are available
Hyper-Aged Scotch - Collectors are clamoring for whiskies that push the envelope on age, rarity, availability and price



Winery Loses Six Vintages of Brunello to Sabotage

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

In Memoriam: David Taub, Tireless Promoter of Quality Wines and Frank Prial, A Pioneering Voice for Wine
Wine Spectator’s Alison Napjus Promoted to Senior Editor
Haut-Brion Buys Neighbor


Where Is China’s Wine Market Going?
China Officially Recognizes Napa Valley Wines
Harvest 2012 - More comprehensive coverage is available, including many more regions


The Best from England

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


Valentine’s Day Shopping Tips

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan’s columns and other articles on chocolate.

Cellars / Collections

At Home with Chef Georges Perrier - The renowned chef designed his home kitchen with touches from his restaurants
Best Ways to Ship Wine - Tips on getting your wine collection from here to there


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Refined Reds and Aromatic Whites


James Laube - Wiser this year

WineSpectator.com: 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.

Matt Kramer - Setting priorities for 2013

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.)

Kim Marcus - Port’s pleasures

Inside Wine

2012 Article Index

A Perfect Match

Pam Mazzola’s Warm Butternut Squash Salad With Grenache Blanc - Chef Pam Mazzola, Prospect, San Francisco

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2012 VINTAGE REPORTS With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator's editors provide an early look at quality in key regions across the Northern Hemisphere. For on-the-go access to our vintage ratings for regions around the world, download our app for iPhone, WineRatings+. Comprehensive, regularly updated vintage charts are included in the app's free features.

SUPER BOWL PARTY PICKS Score a touchdown at the table with our fun recipes for fab foods from each team's hometown. Plus, value wine picks to please your game-day guests.

VALENTINE'S DAY Sweeten the holiday with our guide to great dessert wines, recipes for a romantic night, top-tier chocolates, restaurants with award-winning wine lists and more.

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

  • Crafting Napa Cabernet: Understanding the distinctive flavors of each Napa appellation is key to blending complex Cabernet. Meet winemaker Celia Welch, of Corra, as she describes crafting her wine from Pritchard Hill, Rutherford and Oakville sites.
  • Cooking for Wine—Lamb & Cabernet: Learn how a winery chef makes great pairings, as Concha y Toro's Ruth Van Waerebeek prepares delicious marinated lamb skewers with mint salsa.

ADVANCE RATINGS Get the early scoop on the best values and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings.

  • Insider: Weekly reviews of highly rated, small-production wines before they sell out.
  • Advance: Sneak peeks at top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.
  • Tasting Highlights: Showcases great wines from noteworthy regions and producers.

VALUE WINES Check our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Value.

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