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In the Aug. 31, 2015 Issue

Restaurant Awards

The personality of a wine list is shaped by many factors, including the flavors on the menu and the tastes of the wine director. But the general wine culture also has an influence, and today's culture emphasizes inclusion.

FREE Wine Chart:

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

Cover Story

The Annual Restaurant Guide
- The world's best wine lists are featured in this annual issue, which presents the winners in our Restaurant Awards program. Hailing from all 50 states and more than 75 countries, these establishments stand at the forefront of wine-and-food culture, offering extraordinary experiences for enophiles across the globe.
Grand Award Honor Roll
A Place for All - Today's wine world is all about diversity, matching the best of tradition with the adventurous tastes of a new generation of wine lovers

WineSpectator.com: Complete listing details for all award winners are available in our free online Restaurant Search. Select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine and more.

New Grand Award Winners
- Profiles of the eight restaurants joining the top tier this year
Aux Beaux Arts - Macao, China
Bleu Provence - Naples, Fla.
Capo - Santa Monica, Calif.
Marcello's La Sirena - West Palm Beach, Fla.
Pearl & Ash - New York
Plumed Horse - Saratoga, Calif.
Print Hall - Perth, Australia
Spruce - San Francisco
Dining Guide - Dining Guide A complete directory of all 3,617 Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners in the United States and abroad

Features

Tasting Reports

Australia's Promise - With outstanding expressions of cool-climate reds and whites standing tall alongside hearty Shiraz and Cabernet, the wine world Down Under is offering unprecedented choice
FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing - More than 630 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: Shiraz Master Class with Two Hands—Same grape, same winery, yet distinctly different wines from different regions. In this four-part series, proprietor Michael Twelftree shares eight wines to showcase the styles from Australia’s key Shiraz regions: Clare Valley and Heathcote, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek and Padthaway and Barossa, followed by a deeper dive into Barossa wines at different price points

Wineries to Watch - Something Old, Something New

Food & Drink

Distiller's Darling - Gin is more exciting than ever, delivering a bevy of groundbreaking and traditional-style bottlings fit for any occasion

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

Grapevine

Business

Napa's Silver Oak Looks to the Future

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

World

Canada Threatens to Penalize U.S. Wine Imports
Wine Spectator Appoints New Director of Restaurant Awards Program
Buy Me Some Wine and Crackerjacks

Savvy Shopper

Values from Northern Spain and the Pacific Northwest

Cheese

Gorgonzola Gelato

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles on cheese.

Chocolate

San Francisco's Recchiuti

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

Wine Auctions

Wine Spectator's Napa Magnum Party - Wine Spectator’s Bring Your Own Magnum party kicks off festivities in Napa Valley
Auction Napa Valley Raises $15.8 Million

Retrospective

Richard Arrowood's Legacy - Richard Arrowood stages a retrospective tasting

Cellars / Collections

Restaurateur Donatella Arpaia - The chef and restaurateur built a lake house getaway outside New York City

Departments

FAQ: Engaging the Sommelier

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube - The missing link

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 - Drinking the story

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.)


The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT SEARCH The complete 2015 Restaurant Award listings are searchable in our online database. Find the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

SOMMELIER TALKS Meet the people behind the world's great wine lists: Get pairing advice and find out which wines excite them most.

2015 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's 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. Entry deadline is Sept. 7. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.

MOBILE-FRIENDLY WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Now you can watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Best of Beaujolais: Villages & Single-Vineyard Wines: France's Beaujolais region is best known for its cheerful reds from the Gamay grape, but its top wines are nuanced and complex. Learn about the Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent villages, or crus, and one special vineyard, with winemaker Guillaume de Castelnau of Château des Jacques.
  • Going Green in Napa: How do you follow up your construction of one of the world's greenest, most energy-efficient wineries? Build a second one! PlumpJack Group partners Gordon Getty and John Conover talk with senior editor Dana Nigro about their newest Napa Valley winery, Odette, and their first green estate, CADE.


RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS AND RATINGS FOR WINE LOVERS Find out which Restaurant Award winners you might like best. Rate the dining spots you've visited and share comments in our Restaurant Search. We'll analyze your favorites, compare them with other members' feedback, and tell you which other restaurants you may enjoy.

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND: AN IN-DEPTH COURSE From affordable to collectible, wines from Down Under offer diversity and value. Take this online, three-class Wine Spectator School seminar to get to know the key growing regions and taste the distinct wine styles. All 10 Wine Spectator School courses are included free with your membership to WineSpectator.com.


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