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In the June 30, 2013 Issue

California Zinfandel

Long maligned and misunderstood, California's distinctive red grape is now making first-rate wines under the guidance of Zin masters like Larry Turley.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

2012 Red Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2012 Red Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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

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

Cover Story

Zinfandel Powerhouse - Larry Turley’s passion and drive have made Turley Wine Cellars' powerful yet balanced Zins the stylistic role model across California
21st Century Renaissance - A handful of young winemakers are reshaping California's distinctive red
Producers to Know - Fifteen California wineries with track records for Zinfandel excellence
Tasting Report - Top wines and best values from the 2010 vintage
FREE: California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 430 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.

Features

Tasting Reports

2012 Bordeaux Barrels - Our first tastings of this difficult vintage reveal a very good to outstanding performance by top châteaus
FREE: 2012 Red Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 400 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.

Going Grüner - This plush and spicy white helps put Austria on the world stage
FREE: Austria Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 275 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.

Brunello di Montalcino - Fans of these Italian Sangioveses have a choice of styles among the 2008s and the 2007 riservas
FREE: Brunello Di Montalcino Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 165 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.

Dining

San Francisco - Three seasonally driven restaurants offer elevated dining in emerging neighborhoods

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People

The Quiet Man - Unassuming Bordeaux consultant Eric Boissenot brings an impeccable palate and innate understanding of terroir to his clients' cellars

Grapevine

Lights! Camera! Pour! Video Contest! Wine Spectator's 7th Annual Contest - Share your wine story and earn great prizes

Business

Jean-Guillaume Prats' New Role at LVMH

World

Chinese Government Cuts Wine Budget

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

Lights! Camera! Pour! Wine Spectator’s 7th Annual Video Contest

People

Keyshawn Johnson - Football star and ESPN commentator Keyshawn Johnson adds wine to his ready list
Champion Wine Auction Ropes $1.58 Million for Education

The Environment

Wine Industry Players Invest in Fair Trade

Cheese

Pennsylvania’s Doe Run Farm

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

Spirits

Rum’s New Styles

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns and other articles on spirits.

Cellars / Collections

Christian Nellemann - London collector finds affinity with an American design firm

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Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Summer Whites, Europeans Reds and Chilean Carmènere

Columns

James Laube - Mondavi's To Kalon cachet

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 - An indigenous advantage

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.)

A Perfect Match

Victor Scargle’s Don Watson Lamb Trio With Pinot Noir - Chef Victor Scargle, Lucy Restaurant and Bar, Yountville, Calif.

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2013 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's Seventh Annual Video Contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the finalists and post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers can vote for the winning video. The deadline to enter is Sept. 2. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.

FATHER'S DAY Impress Dad with a delicious (but easy-to make) meal, served with a wine you know he'll love. We're sharing a new recipe and recently rated wines to match. Or, take him out to a restaurant with an award-winning wine list and treat him to a great bottle.

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

  • Red Before White?: Upending the common tasting order in the United States, some winemakers prefer to evaluate their reds before their whites because of the impact tannins and acidity have on the palate. Watch this video with C.P. Lin of Mountford Estate to learn the physiology behind his preference.


NOTES ON NEW RELEASES Refreshing rosés. Summery whites. Juicy reds at value prices. What else should you be trying right now? Get the best of our editors' latest reviews straight from the tasting room each week in our Tasting Highlights.

MASTER THE WINES OF BORDEAUX Get to know the important classifications, the collectible wines and the bargains with our Wine Spectator School online course on Bordeaux. Taste the difference between wines from key areas and go behind the scenes at top châteaus. This and nine other courses are included with WineSpectator.com membership.


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