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In the Sept. 30, 2013 Issue


The popularity and quality of Italian food in the United States has never been greater, and Americans' understanding of the cuisine continues to grow. In this issue, we explore the dishes and wines of six Italian regions and show you how to bring them home. Watch our video preview of the issue.

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

Cover Story

Chefs' Recipes and Wine Pairings - From Alto Adige to Sicily, these foods and wines celebrate distinctive flavors from around the boot

Guide to Ingredients - What to have on hand to cook the way Italians do Find hundreds more wine-friendly recipes, with suggested wine matches, in our online Recipe Search.


    Tasting Reports

    Burgundy Bonanza - Despite challenging conditions in 2010, vintners deliver a host of rich white wines that should stand the test of time


    The New Portland - A burgeoning food and wine culture reshapes this Pacific Northwest city


    Klein Constantia - New owners are writing the next chapter at this storied South African estate and revitalizing its legendary sweet wine





    Savvy Shopper



    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    James Laube - Great to the last drop 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.

2013 VIDEO CONTEST—CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine videos have been pouring in to Wine Spectator's seventh annual contest. (Entries accepted until Sept. 2.) Now you be the judge: Finalists will be posted on on Sept. 9, and you can vote for your favorite. The first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 17.

LABOR DAY PARTY IDEAS Stay relaxed on summer's last long weekend; Wine Spectator picks affordable, well-scoring wines to pair with a great recipe for the holiday.

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

  • Decoding Burgundy: This region is so complex that wines from adjoining vineyards within a single appellation can display distinctive terroir. Christophe Roumier and senior editor Bruce Sanderson discuss a pair of Georges Roumier 2010 Pinot Noirs from vineyards in Chambolle-Musigny that are a mere 600 feet apart, Les Combottes and Les Cras.
  • Dehlinger Pinot Noir: What makes this Sonoma producer special? Tom Dehlinger reflects on his 2008 Russian River Valley estate bottling, which was chosen by Wine Spectator as one of the Top 10 Wines of 2011.
  • Pairing, With the Four Chefs: Each year at the Wine Experience, executive editor Thomas Matthews and four star chefs vie to create the best food-and-wine pairing. Whose match won over the audience in 2012—and why did it work? To find out, watch Matthews, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse and José Andrés. (To join in the fun this year, come to Wine Spectator's 2013 Wine Experience in New York.)

BACK TO (WINE) SCHOOL Get more out of each sip with one of our online wine courses, from the ABCs of Wine Tasting to an in-depth seminar on sensory evaluation. Delve into wine and food pairing or explore the wines of top regions such as Bordeaux, California and Tuscany. Start whenever you want, and share the tastings with family and friends. All courses are free with a membership, only $49 per year.

WHAT'S YOUR WINE WORTH? The fall auctions are starting soon, but before you sell part of your cellar or seek out a special bottle for your collection, check current prices for more than 10,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database.

WINE-FRIENDLY RECIPES Freshen up your weeknight menus or try out a new special-occasion dishes. Find hundreds of recipes in our online Recipe Search.


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