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In the June 15, 2014 Issue

Helen Keplinger

In embracing Rhone valley grapes, especially Grenache, Helen Keplinger has created uniquely styled wines that are stretching the boundaries of what has been a Syrah-centric arena in California. Watch our video preview of the issue.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Dreaming of Grenache - Helen Keplinger champions Rhône varieties in Northern California, and is making a name for herself as one of the state's most trailblazing, distinctive winemakers, with a bevy of reds. The inside story of how a Midwesterner found a home in the vineyards, from Sonoma to the Sierra Foothills
All Systems Go - A guide to Keplinger's eclectic roster of wines, and a peek at what's coming soon

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Join Helen Keplinger as she visits her small plot of Grenache in Napa Valley's magnificent Stagecoach Vineyard. The winemaker, who sources grapes from Sonoma to the Sierra Foothills for her own label of Rhône-style wines, explains what each variety contributes to her blends.

Features

Tasting Reports

Sparklers for Summer - American wineries are producing an ever-growing number of bright, enticing bubblies
FREE: U.S. Sparkling Wines Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 150 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: Take an inside look at how to make sparkling wine with Hugh Davies of Schramsberg, his family's historic Napa estate.

Burgundy's Triumphant 2011s - Pure and delicate red wines emerge from a growing season rife with challenges
FREE: Red Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 560 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: Behind the Drouhin Label: For a single producer to bottle more than 100 distinct wines is no small feat. It is even more impressive when the wines are top quality and one family is behind it all. Fourth-generation siblings Frédèric and Véronique share the story of their Burgundian heritage and Maison Joseph Drouhin's wines.

Travel

California Idyll - The Monterey Coast offers sophisticated cuisine, freewheeling exploration and distinctive wines

People

Mapping Terroir - Alessandro Masnaghetti combines his passions for cartography and fine wine

Wine

Elevating Long Island - Three forward-thinking wineries to watch on the North and South Forks

Grapevine

Business

U.S. Vintners Set Sights on New Zealand

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

People

Today’s Kathie Lee Gifford - Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford has an on-air wine habit and a new California label

Science

Concrete Competes With Oak in California
Brettanomyces Aroma Wheel

Chocolate

The Genome of Cacao

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

Coffee

Ways to Brew

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

Spirits

World Whisky Comes of Age

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

Retrospective

Bodegas Emilio Moro Sanchomartin - Bodegas Emilio Moro’s Malleolus de Sanchomartin confirms its place at the top

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Emilio Moro winemaker José Moro teaches you about the Tinto Fino variety and the wines of Spain's Ribera del Duero region.

Cellars / Collections

James Malkin's Martha’s Vineyard Gem - James Malkin has carried his wine collection all over the world

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

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

West Coast Values, Languedoc Reds and Australian Achievers

Columns

James Laube - Changing of the guard at Williams Selyem

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 - Lessons from amateurs

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.)

Harvey Steiman - The ripeness debate reignites

A Perfect Match

Sunny Jin's Brioche French Toast With Sparkling Chardonnay - Chef Sunny Jin, Jory, Newberg, Ore.

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2014 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's 8th Annual Video Contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the finalists and post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers can vote for the winning video. The deadline to enter is Sept. 1. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING Throwing a Memorial Day weekend party? Some guests want you to break out the beef and fire up the grill, others want lighter fare to go with summer. Try our grilled steak salad recipe for the best of both worlds, paired with new-release wines recommended by our editors.

MIXED CASE Follow our team of news and features writers in their opinion and advice blog. Are restaurant wine lists getting arrogant? How do you plan a bike trip through wine country? How green are all those wineries claiming to be "sustainable"? Join the discussions.

New on Wine Spectator Video: Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Terroir Hunter: Winegrowers like to go on and on about vineyard soils. But why is dirt so important? Find out, as Pedro Parra, who consults for top producers such as Viña Montes and Lapostolle, talks rocks and tannins.
  • Italy Gets Fresh: Northeastern Italy makes fabulously refreshing wines from varieties such as Pinot Grigio and Friulano. Discover what makes them unique with vintner Andrea Felluga.


2013 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Should you buy futures from the latest vintage in Bordeaux? Dry whites and sweet wines excelled in a year that was difficult for the reds. Senior editor James Molesworth visited the region in late March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. His full report will appear in our June 30 issue. In the meantime, members can get his scores and tasting notes for the best reds, whites and sweet wines. Plus, everyone can read his on-the- scene blog posts for highlights from his visits to top châteaus.

NOTES ON NEW RELEASES Refreshing rosés. Warm-weather whites. Juicy reds at value prices. What else should you be trying as summer arrives? Get the best of our editors' latest reviews straight from the tasting room each week in our Tasting Highlights.


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