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In the July 31, 2013 Issue

South Africa

South Africa's challenge is to meet the future without abandoning the best of the past. It's a balancing act, and a difficult one. The nation is making better wines than ever thanks to new plantings and the best of old-vine vineyards.

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

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

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

Cover Story

South Africa: An Emerging Giant - This profoundly beautiful wine region is finding a new path to quality in the post-apartheid era. How a new generation is reshaping South Africa’s destiny, fueled by a flood of energy, technology and investment

    FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing More than 530 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 CONTENT: To report the cover story, senior editor James Molesworth spent two weeks traveling the Cape, visiting established and pioneering wineries throughout Stellenbosch, Paarl, the frontierlike Swartland, verdant Constantia and out to Walker Bay and beyond. He blogged about each of his stops and sent along video interviews with winemakers at Ataraxia, A.A. Badenhorst Family, Ken Forrester, Glenelly, Kanonkop, de Morgenzon, Mullineux, Marc Kent's new Porseleinberg project, Anthonij Rupert, Thelema and more. Read his South Africa Diary in our January and February blog archives.


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JULY FOURTH PARTY TIPS Set off some fireworks of your own with great new recipes for your outdoor event and affordable wines to match. Wine Spectator editors and renowned chefs share their party picks in our seasonal entertaining features.

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