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In the Oct. 31, 2015 Issue

The Illycaffè Story

Americans love Italy: the fashion, the food, the wine—there's something compelling about the Italian style. This issue, we spotlight some of the passionate people, unique places and distinctive wines that contribute to la dolce vita.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Story

Illy’s Winning Blend - Their coffee company is an international symbol for Italian elegance and quality. Now, the Illy brothers are expanding into products from chocolate to tea to wine, with their purchase of Tuscany’s Mastrojanni estate just the beginning
Brunello and Beyond - With recent releases of reds, whites and dessert wines spanning vintages back to 2000, Italy's premier wine region offers bottles that are ready to drink now as well as wines to cellar for future enjoyment
FREE: Tuscany Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Tuscany Alphabetical Listing - More than 985 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.

Village in the Vines - The founding of Chianti's Castello di Volpaia by the Stianti-Mascheroni family in a 12th-century hilltop town took extraordinary commitment and marvels of engineering

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Brunello Beauties: Regional vs Cru Character: Join Ricardo Illy of Mastrojanni in southeastern Montalcino to explore the differences between a Brunello blended from a few vineyards and a single-vineyard wine.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Monumental Merlot from Masseto: What makes this single-vineyard Merlot from Bolgheri one of the world's benchmark wines? Winemaker Axel Heinz and senior editor Bruce Sanderson discuss the vineyard, winemaking and character of this super Tuscan. Watch them now.

Features

Tasting Reports

Smooth Sailing - As New Zealand's grape plantings diversify and exports to the United States boom, this Sauvignon Blanc powerhouse is expanding its reach
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing - More than 430 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.

A Brief History of New Zealand Wine

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Delicious New Zealand Values: Today, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is enjoyed around the world, even though the first commercial bottles were produced as a recently as 1974. Meet Bill Spence of Matua, who, along with his brother, Ross, started the wave—and has expanded into elegant Pinot Noirs.

Out of the Shadows - Historically a producer of bulk wine for anonymous blends, the southern Italian region of Puglia is finding its voice with indigenous varieties and quality bottlings
FREE: Puglia Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Puglia Alphabetical Listing - More than 170 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.

People

Napa Valley's Contrarian - Vintner Jayson Woodbridge has courted controversy in the name of great Cabernet

Grapevine

World

Diseases Threaten Global Grapevines

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

Health

Wine May Fight Effects of Alzheimer's, Depression
Red Wine Compound May Prevent Serious Depression

Cheese

Miraculous Roquefort

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of articles on cheese.

Things We Like

Three Items That Add Up to One Delicious Dinner

Travel

New Destinations in Napa and Sonoma

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,600 award winners for 2015, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Cellars / Collections

Tenor Joseph Calleja - In tenor Joseph Calleja's Malta home, a wine retreat

WineSpectator.com: FREE Collecting Newsletter: A new cellar-worthy wine pick in each biweekly e-mail, plus expert tips on collecting, auctions, storage and cellar design.

Departments

FAQ: Sauvignon Blanc

WineSpectator.com: Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette—three days a week on WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Southern French Whites and Tuscan Values

Columns

James Laube - Manfred Krankl begins again

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 - Recognizing greatness

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions, visit www.winespectator.com/kramer. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)


The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

DAILY WINE PICKS Great wine finds, in three price ranges, six days a week. Check our site daily for the latest picks or follow them on our Twitter feed, via @winespectator.com.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us Oct. 22 to 24 for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event will bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos. Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed.

WHAT AM I TASTING? Test your tasting skills in our mystery wine game. Every two weeks, we post a real Wine Spectator tasting note, with clues from the color, aromas, flavors and structure. Then you guess the variety, region, appellation and age of the wine. Good luck!

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TUSCANY IN-DEPTH Take Wine Spectator School's online seminar; you'll explore regions such as Chianti Classico, Bolgheri and Montalcino and understand the classic-style and new-wave wines of top Tuscan producers. This and nine other fun and informative courses are included with a WineSpectator.com membership.

PERSONAL WINE LIST AND PERSONAL RATINGS Use our Personal Wine List tools—revamped to be mobile- and tablet-friendly— to track your wine collection, monitor the value of your cellar and record tasting notes. Plus, you can personally rate the wines you've tasted, so it's easy to remember your favorites. All rated wines are automatically copied to a convenient My Wine Ratings list for future reference.


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