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In the April 30, 2013 Issue

Oscar Farinetti

The man behind the fast-growing Eataly phenomenon wants to conquer the world with Italian cuisine. From Turin to Tokyo, he’s taken his culinary bazaars to fascinating heights of quality. A look at his vision for the future and at what makes this unique entrepreneur tick.

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

Cover Story

Oscar Farinetti’s Global Quest - Oscar Farinetti outlines his quest for bringing Italian wine and food culture to the corners of the world.

    A Growing Wine Empire - Long before Eataly, Farinetti was a vintner. Today, he has interests in eight Italian wineries, the largest of which is the beautiful Piedmont estate of Fontanafredda


    Tasting Reports

    California Values - More than 100 flavorful wines that deliver quality at bargain prices Always on the hunt for a bargain? Browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at great prices; Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values in their region.

    Barolos Worth the Wait - A cool 2008 vintage delivers wines that hark to an earlier era, with the structure and body for long-term aging

      FREE: Piedmont Alphabetical Listing - More than 780 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 VIDEOS: Learn more about the great wines and top producers of Piedmont in our Italy video series, including:

        • A Tale of Two Barberas: This Italian grape is known for its ripe fruit and vibrant acidity. But not all Barberas are the same. Learn about the distinction between Alba and Asti with vintner Luca Currado Vietti and senior editor Bruce Sanderson.
        • Best of Italy—Gaja: Meet top Italian producer Gaia Gaja as she pours a classic Nebbiolo from the Langhe, the Gaja Conteisa 2008, at the 2012 Wine Experience.


    The Maestro of Piedmont - Bruno Giacosa is the driving force behind one of Piedmont’s greatest wineries. Now, a new generation seeks to ensure his legacy

    Alpine Quest for Quality - Elisabetta Foradori breaks her own trail in Italy’s Trentino region with the Teroldego grape


    Resurrecting Soave - This Veneto wine is returning to form thanks to producers such as Stefano Inama who are championing the native Garganega grape and hillside terroirs






    Wine Auctions

    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - Time to dump corks 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.

SOUTH AFRICA DIARY Senior editor James Molesworth returns to the Cape, traveling from its wine center of Stellenbosch to the frontiers. Along the way, he visits veterans such as Gyles Webb from Thelema and newer operations like the Bordeaux-backed Glenelly, kicking the dirt and sampling leading wines such as Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc. Follow along as he shares tasting notes and videos from his stops.

2011 BURGUNDY PREVIEW Senior editor Bruce Sanderson again heads to the heartland of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to taste the young reds and whites, many still in barrel. To help guide your future purchases, he shares his tasting notes from visits to top domaines and négociants.

2012 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS What should you buy as futures from the second difficult year in a row for Bordeaux? James Molesworth visits the region in late March to taste barrel samples of the young wines to find out. His full report will appear in our June 30 issue. In the meantime, members can read his on-the-scene blog posts for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

PASSOVER PICKS Try out a new kosher recipe for the holiday, and discover the latest stars among kosher wines recently rated by our editors.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Get a fresh start to the season with two recipes for lamb and chicken from the authors of a hot new cookbook—with highly rated wines to match.

FINAL FOUR TASTE-OFF You might not win the office pool this way, but our tournament bracket is a lot more fun! Wineries near each of the 2013 NCAA Final Four contenders take on our annual challenge to predict the championship winner.

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

  • Intro to Willamette Valley: Lynn Penner-Ash, who has 25 years of experience in Oregon, explains how the geography and climate of the valley contribute to the personality of its Pinot Noirs.
  • Pinot Pioneer—Adelsheim: Back in 1971, the wine scene in Oregon was sleepy. But David Adelsheim figured out he could grow Pinot Noir there for the elegant wines he dreamed of making. Today Adelsheim is one the state’s top wineries.


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