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In the Feb. 28, 2014 Issue

2014 Editors' Picks

This year's Editors' Picks, where we offer insight on what to drink in the months ahead, focuses on wine categories still considered on the fringe, with many delivering distinctive character and good value. Watch our video preview of the issue.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

2014 Editors’ Picks - A year of discovery awaits, with 30 undersung categories beckoning wine lovers with distinctive bottlings and terroirs that are off the beaten path
Oregon Chardonnay, Tasmania, Malbec Beyond Argentina
Tannat, Torrontés, Pinotage
Rueda, Vermentino, White Bordeaux
Santorini, Roussillon, Tawny Port
Cru Beaujolais, Etna Reds, Soave
Jura, Sherry, Mountain Rhônes
Sierra Foothills, U.S. Tempranillo, California Chenin Blanc
Mencía, Touriga Nacional, Rosé
Valtellina, Campania Whites, Bandol
Sonoma Coast, Albariño, Lake County

Features

Tasting Reports

Stellar Vintage Port - Near-perfect climatic conditions and improvements in the vineyards and cellars produced monumental wines from 2011
FREE: Port Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 125 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.

Oregon Lightens Up - The latest crop of Pinot Noirs delivers delicate flavors with moderate alcohol levels
FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 610 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.

Menu

A Spirited Dinner - Chicago hot spot fashions a hearty menu with cocktails to match

Wine

New York's Finger Lakes
FREE: Finger Lakes Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 200 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.

Rollin Soles' Roco - The cowboy philosopher charts his own path after helming one of Oregon's top wineries
Year in Review: 2013 - The numbers behind the 20,000-plus wines rated in the year just past

WineSpectator.com: Members can browse complete tasting notes for all wines reviewed in 2013 via our online Wine Ratings Search. To narrow down the list, select Expand Advanced Search and choose additional criteria, such as price, score, region or variety.

Pull-Out Vintage Card - The numbers behind the 20,000-plus wines rated in the year just past

Grapevine

Business

Rudy Kurniawan Convicted

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

World

Counterfeiters Target Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
Archaeologists Unearth 3,700-Year-Old Wine Cellar
In Brief: Château Mouton-Rothschild Artistic License, Who Really Owns Downton Abbey Wines and Wine Spectator Grand Tasting Ticket Winner
Northern Hemisphere Harvest 2013

People

Peter Mondavi's Legacy
Carnivale du Vin Sets Live-Bid Record in New Orleans

Chocolate

Bars of the Year

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan's columns and other articles on chocolate.

Coffee

Honeyed Beans from El Salvador

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast's columns and other articles on coffee.

Travel

Baja Wine Country

Retrospective

Shafer Hillside Select - The evolution of a classic Napa Cabernet

Departments

2013 Article Index

WineSpectator.com: Looking for a favorite article or one you wished you'd read? Browse all the 2013 tasting reports, news, profiles and other features in our online Magazine Archives, for members only. Missing an issue or want extra copies? Order back issues or buy a digital edition at mshanken.buysub.com.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

German Riesling, Old World Reds, Late-Bottled Port

Columns

James Laube - Southern California's magical island

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 - How to silence a wine bore

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

James Molesworth - New Year's resolutions

A Perfect Match

David Santos' Pork Belly, Egg and Potato Hash With Port - Chef David Santos, Louro, New York

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2013 VINTAGE REPORTS With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator's editors provide an early look at quality in key regions across the Northern Hemisphere. For on-the-go access to our vintage ratings for regions around the world, download WineRatings+, our free app for iPhone.

SUPER BOWL PARTY PLANNING The big game comes to the Big Apple and the Garden State, and it's time for a big party! Our editors share value wines and fun recipes to warm the bellies of your game-day guests. Plus, New York and New Jersey dining recommendations for wine-loving visitors.

VALENTINE'S DAY Everything for a night of romance: top sparkling and sweet wines, recipes to impress, the best chocolate, restaurants with award-winning wine lists and more.

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


ADVANCE RATINGS Start the new year off right by getting the early scoop on the smartest buys and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings.

  • Insider: Weekly reviews of highly rated, small-production wines before they sell out.
  • Advance: Sneak peeks at top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.
  • Tasting Highlights: Showcases great wines from noteworthy regions and producers.

PERSONAL WINE LIST/MY CELLAR Resolved to get more organized this year? Start with your wine cellar: Our tools help you track the bottles in your collection, with Wine Spectator reviews, your personal tasting notes and the latest auction prices for collectibles.


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