In the June 30, 2014 Issue
Jolie-Pitt & Perrin
The inside story of the Provence estate where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pursue their winemaking dreams with the master behind Château de Beaucastel. Watch our video preview of the issue.
FREE Wine Charts:
Portugal: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Portuguese wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
California Zinfandel: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Zinfandel wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
Bordeaux: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Bordeaux wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
Superstar Rosé - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought Provence estate Château Miraval as a family retreat, but soon were wooed by the dream of making wine there. Now, in a collaboration with the Rhône-based Perrin family, they are guiding the property to new heights, exploring its untapped terroirs in pursuit of exceptional rosés, reds and whites
Enjoying Provence - Food, wine and natural beauty abound along France's Mediterranean coast
Summer Sippers - Top rosés from around the globe
WineSpectator.com: Follow contributing editor Robert Camuto in his new, twice-monthly "Letter from Europe" blog as he travels through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the people who make wine or influence wine culture.
Douro Masterpiece - Portugal's leading table wine region excels in the classic 2011 vintage, the country's best to date, based on reds from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and more
FREE: Portugal Alphabetical Listing - More than 175 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: Coming soon: How does a couple with a dream make killer reds in Portugal's Douro Valley? Learn about Douro style as Wine & Soul's Sandra Tavares da Silva joins managing editor Kim Marcus to talk about the rich, refined wines she makes with her husband, Jorge Serôdio Borges.
Zinfandel Evolution - Trading ripeness for vibrancy, California's signature red broadens its appeal in 2011, while early returns on 2012 reveal bold wines from a bumper crop
California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing - More than 375 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: Zinfandel Grows Up: Long considered a reliable backyard barbecue buddy, Zinfandel is coming into its own and showing a sense of place. Ted Seghesio of Seghesio Family Vineyards pours Zin from three Sonoma County AVAs: Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Rockpile.
A Challenging Vintage - Stellar white and dessert wines offset a tough 2013 for Bordeaux reds, with vintners relying on modern know-how and technology to salvage their clarets
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Pomerol Perfection: Examine the distinctions within this Right Bank appellation. Vintner/négociant Edouard Moueix and Wine Spectator's Gloria Maroti Frazee talk terroir and compare Château La Grave à Pomerol with Château Hosanna.
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Sommelier Elizabeth Huettinger - Former jazz singer Elizabeth Huettinger now manages one of the country's top wine lists
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Things We Like
Gifts for Summertime - If you are raising a glass to a father, bride or graduate this June, consider these gifts for summertime enjoyment
First Quarter 2014 Results - Chicago house Hart Davis Hart leads the pack in first-quarter 2014; foreign markets surge
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Tasting ’94 and ’04 California Zinfandel - Two turning-point vintages reveal the potential and the limits of Golden State Zins
This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken
James Laube - On the road in Sicily
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Matt Kramer - What happened to California Syrah?
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A Perfect Match
The Buying Guide
The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.
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FATHER'S DAY You've already prepared steaks, burgers and every variation of red meat you could think of. What else can you grill to make dad happy on his special day? Try this new recipe for lemongrass skewered pork and shrimp, with great wines at reasonable prices to match.
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- Behind the Drouhin Label—One Family, Many Wines: For a single producer to bottle more than 100 distinct wines is no small feat, especially when the wines are top quality. Fourth-generation siblings Frédéric and Véronique share the story of their heritage and their family's Burgundy wines.
- Greek Gifts: Sommeliers love Greece's crisp white wines, which not only make great aperitifs but also pair perfectly with many types of seafood dishes. Learn about two of the country's most important varieties—Moschofilero and Assyrtiko—with vintner Christina Boutari.
- Classic & New Ribera del Duero: Spanish wines are a hot ticket these days, and one of the most exciting growing areas is Ribera del Duero. Emilio Moro winemaker José Moro teaches you about the Tinto Fino variety and the region's wine styles.
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