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In the Nov. 15, 2014 Issue

Peter Michael

Peter Michael traveled 6,000 miles, from London to Sonoma, on a mission that took him from extraordinary success in the high-tech world to a risky startup in the wine business. Now, after 30 years, he can look back on a dream truly fulfilled.

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

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

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

Cover Story

A Knights Tale - High-tech entrepreneur Sir Peter Michael discovered a passion for wine, making a name for himself in a remote corner of Sonoma County with elegant, site-specific Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from a host of distinctive vineyards and terroirs. British by birth, he has spent decades matching European wine traditions with the exuberance and vitality of California
Vineyards of Peter Michael - With seven vineyards spread across three appellations, Peter Michael has been tireless in his search for singular grapegrowing sites
Class Act: A Winemaking Legacy - A host of superstar vintners have held the winemaker position at Peter Michael since its founding, including Helen Turley, Mark Aubert and Luc Morlet

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS What do Peggy Lee and a large bear have to do with a Brit making wine in California? Sir Peter Michael shared his story—and five of his wines—at Wine Spectator's Wine Experience in 2013. In a five-video series, his engaging presentation covers everything from his start in Sonoma's Knights Valley to his family's future, with an expansion into Napa Valley.

Features

Tasting Reports

Cabernet Challenge - A tough 2011 vintage in Napa and Sonoma yields variable quality
FREE: California Cabernet Alphabetical Listing - FREE: California Cabernet Alphabetical Listing - More than 480 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.
High on Pritchard Hill, Brand Stakes Its Claim
All About Alsace - A guide to the French region, its distinctive grapes and world-class wines
FREE: Alsace Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Alsace Alphabetical Listing - More than 320 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.

Greek Revival - Modernity and tradition are pushing the country's indigenous varieties to new heights
FREE: Greece Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Greece Alphabetical Listing - More than 140 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 Get to know two of the exciting white grapes and regions of Greece: the minerality of Assyrtiko from the island of Santorini and the freshness of Moschofilero from the high altitudes of the Pelopennese.

Travel

Gold Standard - Once a mining hot spot, Amador County is in the midst of a fine wine boom

WineSpectator.com: For more great trip ideas, visit our Wine Country Travel section. 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.

People

Australian Dynamos - How Sparky and Sarah Marquis turned a business disaster into a winemaking triumph in McLaren Vale
Rheinhessen Homecoming - Johannes Hasselbach takes the reins at his family's iconic Gunderloch estate
Livermore Rising - Steven Mirassou is drawing renewed attention to an undersung California appellation
California Crucible - Once a premier wine region, Livermore Valley is on the rise again

Wine

Santorini - Luscious white wines are the calling card on this idyllic Greek isle
If You Go to Santorini

WineSpectator.com: Letter from Europe: Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers, chefs and other personalities who shape wine culture.

Grapevine

Business

Regulators vs. Retailers in New York

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

People

Olivier Humbrecht of Zind-Humbrecht - Alsace winemaker Olivier Humbrecht applies modern technology to age-old vineyards

The Environment

Sustainability a Tough Sell with Consumers

Coffee

Process vs. Terroir

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

Spirits

Duty-Free Goes Upscale

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

Retrospective

Tasting 17 Vintages of Château Pichon Longueville Lalande - Nicolas Glumineau takes the reins to put the famed Médoc estate back in the race

WineSpectator.com: While in Bordeaux this summer, James Molesworth reported back on his visits to several other red-wine estates in his blog: chateaus Léoville Las Cases and Grand-Puy-Lacoste on the Left Bank and Clinet, Figeac, Gazin and Pétrus on the Right.

Cellars / Collections

At Home with Blackberry Farm Proprietor Sam Beall - Restaurant-grade chrome gets a dose of homey charm in the Smoky Mountains

WineSpectator.com: Want to build up your cellar? Sign up for our free Collecting & Auctions email: Get a new collectible wine pick in each edition, plus expert tips on collecting, news and analysis.

Mexico City Based Record Executive Manuel Baptista - Record label executive Manuel Baptista keeps some of wine's greatest hits

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Indigenous Grapes from Southern Europe, Austrian Whites, Washington Standouts

Columns

James Laube - The 2014 Napa quake

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 - Try this wine——please!

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.)

A Perfect Match

Deb Paquette's Roasted Cauliflower, Truffled Pea Pesto and Feta Crema, with White Burgundy - Chef Deb Paquette, Etch, Nashville

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 10, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2014—with videos, tasting notes and more—followed by the complete Top 100 list. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Can't make it to our great lineup of tastings and seminars this year? Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 16 to 18, brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

SWEET TREATS Our editors share a few tricks for pulling off a delightful Halloween party: sophisticated dessert recipes and our picks of great-but-affordable sweet wines from the latest releases.

GLOSSARY OF WINE TERMS Unfamiliar with a word on a label or in a tasting note? Check our glossary—with audio pronunciations!

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CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in on Mondays to get the latest reviews on hot new-release Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.

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