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In the Oct. 31, 2013 Issue

Wine Cellars

With a keen attention to detail, architects, designers and collectors are finding new ways of looking at and thinking about wine storage, while still keeping their prized bottles in a protected environment.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

The Modern Touch - Wine collections are taking on new forms and functions. Comprising a growing diversity of wine choices and emerging from shadowy cellars, wine displays are now being integrated as artful elements in the design of American homes, from the kitchen to the dining room and beyond. A look at the latest trends

    A Second Collection for a Second Home - Chris Metz, Big Sky, Mont. Build your cellar through smart bidding. Use our online Auction Price Database to track the performance of more than 10,000 collectible wines. FREE Collecting & Auctions email newsletter: Discover a new collectible wine pick in each biweekly edition, plus receive expert tips on collecting, news alerts and auction analysis.


    Tasting Reports

    Italian Frontier - An array of distinctive reds and whites flows fom the country’s less-known central and southern wine regions


    Manhattan Casual - Six new restaurants that offer serious wine lists and refinement on the plate Find dining spots around the world with our free Restaurant Search, containing the nearly 3,800 winners of our 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards.


    Buried Treasure - How the Manetti family brought Tuscany’s Fontodi estate back to life—and set an example for others to follow

    Southern Maestros - The Mastroberardino family has helped lead a winemaking revolution in the hills of Italy’s Campania region





    Dining Out

    Hot Spots in Barcelona - The Adrià brothers of Spain's El Bulli branch out with hot spots in the Catalonian capital



    Wine Auctions


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - Natural confusion 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.

MIXED CASE Follow our team of news and features writers via the Mixed Case blog, where they share thoughts on current events and wine culture, tips on learning more about wine, conversations with notable people in the wine business and more.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 24 to 26, will bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos. Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed.

NEW WEEKLY POLL We want to know what you think about hot topics in the world of wine, from restaurant wine service to pricing to the latest popular trends in wine styles and grape varieties. Vote in our polls and see your fellow readers' opinions.

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

  • Defining Tempranillo: Spain's No. 1 grape is Tempranillo and, like Pinot Noir, it can transmit the character of its region. Winemaker Telmo Rodriguez compares Rioja and Ribera del Duero.
  • Best of Italy—Biondi-Santi: What are the greatest Italian wines? Ten top producers each poured one wine at the 2012 Wine Experience's "Best of the Boot" seminar. Meet Tancredi Biondi Santi as he describes the Biondi-Santi Tenuta Greppo Riserva 2006, a classic Brunello di Montalcino.

TUSCANY IN-DEPTH Take Wine Spectator School's online seminar; you'll explore prestigious regions such as Chianti Classico, Bolgheri and Montalcino and understand the classic-style and new-wave wines of top Tuscan producers. This and nine other fun, informative courses are available to you free with a membership, only $49 per year.

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