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In the May 31, 2014 Issue


Where once industrial winemaking and grapegrowing held sway, there's now an unabashed pride in the natural gifts of the Chilean land. It's all helping to recharge and redefine this winemaking dynamo. Watch our video preview of the Chile cover story, as well as a preview of the Trentino-Alto Adige feature of the issue.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Chile's New Frontier - Vintners push the boundaries, from the cool Pacific shore to high in the Andes, in the search for new terroirs and wines. An in-depth look at where this fascinating wine culture has been, and where it is going
The Challenge of Carmenère - Chile's distinctive red grape requires a deft touch
Chile at a Glance - The leading appellations and grapes
Self-Made Man - The drive and passion of vintner Aurelio Montes, "guardian of the spirit"
New Directions in Chile - Crisp Sauvignon Blancs, creamy Chardonnays and fruity Pinot Noirs are at the cutting edge of quality in our annual Chile report
FREE: Chile Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 350 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.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Hunting for Terroir in Chile's Apalta Vineyard: Pedro Parra likes digging holes— and finding the unique aspects of vineyards. In this video, we discuss the Apalta Vineyard, source of wine such as Casa Lapostolle's Bordeaux-style blend and Viña Montes' Syrah.


Tasting Reports

Italy's North Star - Trentino-Alto Adige appeals with bright, aromatic white wines and racy, light- to medium-bodied reds
FREE: Trentino-Alto Adige Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 330 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.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Pinot Grigio v. Friulano: Both varietals are crisp and bright, but how are these Northeast Italian natives distinct? Get the answer as Andrea Felluga of Livio Felluga joins senior editor Alison Napjus.


L.A. Hot Spots - Offbeat delights in unexpected places highlight the latest hits in Los Angeles

WineSpectator.com: Find more great restaurants with award-winning wine lists in our online Restaurant Search, with nearly 3,800 dining spots.


Spring Menu - Chef Michael Lomonaco fires up the grill for a feast of seasonal produce


Bourbon's Grand Master - For almost 40 years, master distiller Parker Beam has helmed Heaven Hill


Living Legacy - St.-Emilion’s Château Beau-Séjour Bécot passes to the next generation of its founding family



The Rising Cost of Burgundy
French Police Bust Big-Time Wine Theft Ring
In Brief: James Cameron, Winemaker; New Management in Oregon

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


In Memoriam: Alan York Biodynamic Guru
Yakima Valley Winemaker Kerry Shiels - Kerry Shiels of Yakima Valley’s Côte Bonneville tends her family’s singular vineyard

The Environment

Sonoma County's Sustainability Drive - County growers and vintners set ambitious five-year goal, but it will take much work

Savvy Shopper

Portuguese and Italian Reds, German Riesling and Chilean Values


How to Make Chèvre at Home

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles on cheese.

Cellars / Collections

Paul Tribolet's Elevated Collection - Paul Tribolet's collection nests on the fourth floor of a former print factory

WineSpectator.com: FREE Collecting & Auctions email newsletter: Get a new collectible wine pick in each edition, plus expert tips on collecting, news and analysis.


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Ted Lemon's sweet spot

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 - Particular white wines

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.)

Bruce Sanderson - DRC: Burgundy's benchmark

A Perfect Match

Chad Townsend's Carrot Salad with Riesling - Chad Townsend, Salt of the Earth, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Whether you're having family over for Easter, need kosher recommendations for Passover, or are honoring Mom on her special day, keep your guests happy with our editors' latest wine picks and delicious recipes from chefs who inspire us.

GRAND TOUR This spring, Wine Spectator hits the road with more than 200 of the world's finest wineries, making stops in New York City (April 29), Washington, D.C. (May 1), and Las Vegas (May 3) to pour top bottles for wine lovers. If you couldn't make it, read all about it and check out the photos of who was there.

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

  • In the Golan Heights: Learn about this region's vinous history and its cool-climate, high-altitude vineyards. Victor Schoenfeld, head winemaker of Golan Heights Winery in Israel, joins managing editor Kim Marcus and pours a pair of classic varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
  • Gaja's Italy: Angelo Gaja, who revitalized the Barbaresco appellation, and his daughter Gaia share the family's wines from Piedmont and Tuscany in this seminar.
  • Germany's Rare Rieslings: This seminar on four sought-after dessert wines, each representing the pinnacle of quality from its region, features winemakers from St.-Urbans-Hof, Bassermann- Jordan, Schloss Johannisberg and Gunderloch.

2013 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Trying to decide on futures purchases from yet another difficult vintage for Bordeaux? Rain made the harvest challenging for the dry reds, but Sauternes and Barsac may excel. James Molesworth visited the region in late March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Members can get his scores and tasting notes for the best reds, dry whites and sweet wines. Plus, read his on-the-scene blog posts for highlights from his visits to top châteaus.

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