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In the Sept. 30, 2014 Issue

Desserts and Sweet Wines

In this issue, you'll find desserts chosen by celebrated pastry chefs matched with sweet wine classics such as Vintage Port and Sauternes, a sparkling pink Moscato from Australia, a Maury vin doux naturel from France and even a cocktail. The wine and food worlds are ever more inclusive. We celebrate that here.

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

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

Cover Story

Desserts and Sweet Wines - In this special issue, we focus on that time of relaxation and sweet meditation we call "after dinner." We chose six classic desserts, each paired with a wine that matches its flavor and character. Then we asked six pastry chefs to get creative. The results are delicious.

Sweet Fundamentals - The role of dessert in fine cuisine, and how wine and spirits complete the picture


    Tasting Reports

    Mixed Blessing - California Pinot Noir experienced an ideal growing season in 2012, but a bumper crop yields an uneven batch of wines

      Two Pinot Producers to Watch BONUS VIDEO: Pinot Styles on the Sonoma Coast: To demonstrate the impact of climate and soil, Three Sticks winemaker Don Van Staaveren joins Wine Spectator to compare two Pinots from the Sonoma Coast, one from Durell Vineyard and one from Gap's Crown Vineyard.






    The Environment

    Savvy Shopper


    Cellars / Collections


    This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken



    James Laube - The battle for balance 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.

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2014 VIDEO CONTEST—CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine video shorts have been pouring into Wine Spectator's 8th annual contest. (Entries accepted until Sept. 1.) Finalists will be posted on on Sept. 8, and you can vote for your favorite. The first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 16.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Don't work too hard to throw a great party; Wine Spectator picks affordable, well-scoring wines to pair with a delectable recipe for the long weekend.

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

  • Oyster Pairings—Traditional and Surprising: James Molesworth and John Dory Oyster Bar sommelier Jessica Brown pair oysters with dry white and sweet Bordeaux.
  • Oregon's Pinot Noir Diversity: Learn why wines from the neighboring Willamette Valley AVAs of Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge are so different with Archery Summit winemaker Chris Mazepink.
  • South Africa's Calling Card: Chenin Blanc produces a wine with both lively acidity and richness. Senior editor James Molesworth and Johan Reyneke, owner of Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch, talk biodynamics and South Africa.

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WINE-FRIENDLY RECIPES From appetizers to dessert, we've got what you need to impress your dinner guests and keep your daily meals enticing. Find hundreds of recipes, with suggested wine pairings, in our online Recipe Search.


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