In the Oct. 15, 2014 Issue
Scotch's flavor boundaries reach from the light and fragrant to the rich, powerful and smoky, touching every point in between. Its web of complexities is not made by a machine—the spirit is a living manifestation of a culture.
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Exploring Scotch - Whisky was raised in Scotland, but now flourishes around the world
In the Bottle - Just three ingredientswater, barley and yeastare used to make Scotch
In the Glass - Ice water, ginger ale, coconut or citrus can enhance the drinking experience
At the Table - Cheeses, chocolates, seafood and more make fine pairings
What to Buy - Single malts, blends and world whiskies
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New Zealand - Sauvignon Blanc remains the calling card, but the country's maturing wine industry is branching out
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing - More than 400 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.
Pinot's Promise - As vintners in New Zealand delve deeper into their regional terroirs, the country's Pinot Noirs are increasingly expressions of place
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Rich Reds of New Zealand: Most wine lovers think of the country for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. But Cabernet and Syrah are on the rise, from the stony soils of Gimblett Gravels in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island. Get to know the wines and region with Craggy Range's director of winemaking, Steve Smith.
Spanish Spoils - From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, Spain's diverse bottlings are some of the wine world's most exciting values
FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing - More than 900 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 VIDEOS: Delve deeper into Spanish wine with two of the country's leaders.
- Mencía Madness: "Passionate" and "obsessed" start to describe winemaker Alvaro Palacios. After helping elevate Priorat to one of Spain's top wine region, he headed for Bierzo, a forgotten region in northwest Spain, where he makes brilliant wines from the Mencía grape.
- Rioja Rules: : Executive editor Thomas Matthews talks Rioja style with Victor Urrutia of CUNE, whose 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva earned Spain's first Wine of the Year, in 2013, from Wine Spectator.
Self-Made Man - How the unconventional Charles Smith came to make some of Washington's best wines
Burgundy Whisperer - Christophe Roumier is quietly focused on the translation of vine to wine
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Kurniawan Sentenced; Koch Settles - William Koch settles civil cases; Rudy Kurniawan sentenced to 10 years federal prison
Per Se's Michel Couvreux - Every wine program that Michel Couvreux touches seems to turn to gold
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Matt Kramer - The case for ingredient labeling
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A Perfect Match
The Buying Guide
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WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL Autumn, amid the excitement of harvest, is a great time to visit your favorite region. Wine Spectator editors provide tips on where to stay, dine, taste and tour in places as diverse as Monterey on California's coast, Long Island's East End and Provence in Southern France.
KOSHER PICKS One of New York's leading kosher restaurants shares a new recipe for the High Holidays, along with kosher wine suggestions to satisfy a wide range of tastes.
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- Rich Reds of New Zealand: Most wine lovers think of the country for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. But Cabernet and Syrah are on the rise, from the stony soils of Gimblett Gravels in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island. Get to know the wines and region with Craggy Range's director of winemaking, Steve Smith.
- Cool & Crisp Aussies: As many Australian winemakers opt for crisp and juicy wines over the big and ripe style for which the country has been known, cool-climate areas such as Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges are hot. Check out the Strathbogie style of Chardonnay and Shiraz with vintner Matt Fowles.
- Pinot Style—Sonoma Coast vs. Valley: To demonstrate the impact of climate and soil, Three Sticks winemaker Don Van Staaveren compares two single-vineyard Pinot Noirs—one from Sonoma Valley and one from Sonoma Coast.
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