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In the May 31, 2013 Issue


Sushi first crossed the Pacific to Japanese neighborhoods in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Today sushi has become mainstream in the United States, available in supermarkets and shopping-center restaurants nearly everywhere.

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

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

Cover Story

Sushi, From Tokyo to the American Table - The story of sushi’s rise from a simple street food to the heights of culinary delicacy as practiced by masters such as Jiro Ono. In the United States, sushi has inspired its own culture, but the best expressions remain true to their Japanese roots

    The ABCs of Sushi - A compendium of the most popular types, from traditional nigiri-zushi to nori rolls and beyond. With a guide to condiments and etiquette While researching his cover story, Harvey Steiman blogged his travels in Tokyo. He shares some of his favorite sushi restaurants, including spots not in the tourist guides; experiences restaurants that specialize only in tempura or grilled eel; and takes you behind the scenes at Sukiyabashi Jiro, with videos.


    Tasting Reports

    German Riesling Delivers - Ripe and fruity 2011 Rieslings are elegant and continue a decade-long run of high quality vintages

    Chilean Frontiers - Cool-climate wines, led by Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, join ripe and full-flavored Carmenères and Cabernet Sauvignons as the country’s strong suits

      FREE: Chile Alphabetical Listing - More than 400 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: Delve even deeper into the exciting wines of Chile with these two new videos:

        • Cool-Climate Reds: Chile is often associated with plush Carmenère, but lively Pinot Noir and silky Syrah also deserve attention. Julio Bastías of Matetic Vineyards talks cool-climate and organic farming as we taste a pair of noteworthy, new-wave reds.
        • Blending to Impress: In Apalta Valley, Chile's ripe Carmenère harmonizes beautifully with Bordeaux's structured Cabernet Sauvignon. Pouring his family's Viña Neyen de Apalta is one of Chile's ardent promoters, Agustin Huneeus, Jr.

    Food & Drink

    Decoding Sake - At its best, Japan’s distinctive drink offers refined and subtle flavors to rival those of fine wine

      Sake's True Believers - Thanks to a hardcore group of fans, more high quality sake is available than ever before


    Raúl Pérez - One man’s quest to define terroir in Spain, focusing on forgotten vineyards and overlooked grape types







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The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

MOTHER'S DAY Let the pros help you pamper Mom, with expert wine recommendations, chef-chosen recipes to make at home and our guide to restaurants with the world's best wine lists.

GRAND TOUR This spring, Wine Spectator hits the road with 225 of the world's finest wineries, making stops in San Francisco (April 24), Las Vegas (April 27) and Chicago (May 3) to pour top bottles for wine lovers. There may still be time to purchase tickets. But if you can't make it, read all about it and check out the photos of who was there.

ASK DR. VINNY Have a tough question on a technical aspect of winemaking or a finer point of wine etiquette? Get educational (and often amusing) answers from our advice guru, Dr, Vinny.

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

  • Grenache Love: Helen Keplinger makes impressive Rhône-style wines in California. Join this ardent advocate of Grenache as she heads up to her contracted 2.4-acre plot in Napa Valley's Stagecoach Vineyard.
  • Biodynamics at Château Pontet-Canet: Director Alfred Tesseron has taken on the challenge of growing grapes biodynamically in the Bordeaux climate, with outstanding results. He discussed his practices at the 2012 Wine Experience.

PERSONAL WINE LIST AND PERSONAL RATINGS Use our Personal Wine List tools to track your wine collection, monitor the value of your cellar and record tasting notes. Plus, you can personally rate the wines you've tasted, so it's easy to remember your favorites. All rated wines are automatically copied to a convenient My Wine Ratings list for future reference.

2012 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS What should you buy as futures from the second difficult year in a row for Bordeaux? As in years past, senior editor James Molesworth heads to 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 blogs for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.


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