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In the Dec. 15, 2013 Issue


The future of Champagne in the United States looks bright. As the No. 1 wine-consuming country in the world, America is clearly forging ahead with its exploration of the world's premier region for sparkling wine.

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

Cover Story

The New Champagne - France's iconic sparkling wine is shedding its air of mystique as producers and consumers focus on the wine in the bottle. From the largest houses to the best of the new wave of small growers, there is plenty to explore

    Alphabetical Guide - Scores and prices for more than 400 wines BONUS VIDEO: Blending Champagne with Moët & Chandon: Great Champagnes are often blends of wines from different vineyards, varieties and vintages. One iconic sparkler, the Moët & Chandon Imperial, is composed of more than 100 base wines. Alison Napjus discusses the nuances of blending with the domaine's chef de cave, Benoit Gouez.


    Tasting Reports

    Brilliant Sparklers - Champagne shines on with high quality in a diverse range of styles, including blanc de blancs and rosé


    Touring History - Northern France is home to great bubbly and a bucolic wine country that has upped its game


    Quest for Respect - Hubert de Boüard has battled tradition to earn recognition for St.-Emilion’s Château Angélus





    Things We Like

    Holiday Shopping List - Gift-givers can go in several directions, from simple and functional to playful, and even lavish and personal

    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken


    Savvy Shopper


    James Laube - Charles Woodson's Napa reds In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

    James Molesworth - Wine movie picks In his blogs, James Molesworth shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, tries out different wine pairings, and more. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

GUESS OUR WINE OF THE YEAR On Nov. 11, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2013. Guess the No. 1 wine before then and you could win tickets to one of our 2014 Grand Tour tastings, featuring more than 200 top wines. Don't miss this exciting opportunity!

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HOLIDAY PICKS Need new ideas to please your party guests? We're highlighting great recipes and value wines in our series of holiday entertaining features, running from Thanksgiving through the New Year.

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

  • Napa Cabernet Identity: Pine Ridge winemaker Michael Beaulac discusses how vineyard location shapes the character of Cabernet Sauvignon as he pours wines from the Napa Valley appellation and two of its subregions—Stags Leap District and Howell Mountain.
  • Passion in Paso: Although Paso Robles is best known for Rhône varieties, the region's Cabernets deserve serious attention. Tour one of Paso's top Cabernet vineyards with brothers Georges and Daniel Daou.

SHOW US YOUR CELLAR How do you store your wine? How does it fit your lifestyle and reflect your approach to collecting? We're asking for a peek inside collectors' cellars. We've picked a few highlights from our pages. Share your own photos and tips online, and you could be profiled in a future Wine Spectator feature!

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