In the June 30, 2016 Issue
The New Bordeaux
Since the turn of the millennium, the wines of Bordeaux have gotten better without compromising their traditional character. Not relying merely on tools and gadgets, this progress is driven by new leaders and a changing production model.
2015 Bordeaux Barrel Tasting: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2015 Bordeaux wines in barrel reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
California Zinfandel: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Zinfandel wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.
The New Bordeaux - This historic wine region is long on tradition but is far from standing still. Château owners are embracing changes designed to keep their wines at the cutting edge of quality, adopting biodynamics, terroir mapping, state-of-the-art technologies and more
Destination Bordeaux - The revitalized city offers travelers world-class food-and-wine experiences and elegant accommodations
WineSpectator.com: Use our Restaurant Search to find restaurants with great wine lists, in wine country and around the world. From more than 3,600 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.
Appellation Guide - Facts and figures to guide your exploration of the region's wines
2015 From Barrel - Our in-depth report on the new vintage
FREE: 2015 Bordeaux Alphabetical Listing - More than 275 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: While in Bordeaux to taste barrel samples, senior editor James Molesworth visited more than 20 top châteaus and rising-star estates. Read his on-the-scene blog posts for highlights from his visit. Plus, Winespectator.com members can see scores and full tasting notes for all 250+ wines he reviewed, broken out by top-scoring reds, reds by appellation, dry whites and sweet wines.
2000 Vintage Retrospective - How the turn-of the-century wines stack up at age 15
WineSpectator.com: Members can find full notes for all 80 wines in our online report and in our Wine Ratings Search."
California Zinfandel - The Golden State’s quintessential grape stands tall in the 2013 and 2014 vintages, with excellent bottlings across a range of styles and price points
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Learn more about making world-class Zinfandel, California's heritage vines and field blends with leading producers such as Ted Seghesio, Mike Officer of Carlisle and Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock.
Vinitaly Celebrates Italian Wine - Vinitaly and OperaWine put wine at the center of Verona in April
WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.
In Memoriam - Etienne Hugel, Louis Latour and Barbara Richards
WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.
WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns and other articles about spirits.
WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,600 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.
Cellars / Collections
A Somm-Grade Space in Aspen - Aspenites Steve and Nancy Crown hired the Little Nell's wine team to update their cellar
WineSpectator.com: Get new collectible wine picks, expert tips, news and cellar design inspiration in our free, twice-monthly Collecting e-mail newsletter.
FAQ: Collecting and Storage - 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
James Laube - Czech wine's promise
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 - Keeping an open wine mind
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.
WINE SPECTATOR'S 10TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST Share your wine story and win great prizes! Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's annual Video Contest and you could attend our spectacular Wine Experience weekend or a Grand Tour tasting. Entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 5. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.
OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING It's time to take your party to the backyard, beach or park, and some of the country's best chefs are here to help. We'll share their cooking tips and delicious make-at-home summer recipes while our editors pick out some great-value wine matches for your meal.
WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video. Don't miss these recent additions from our Bordeaux series:
- Barrel Tasting—Quick Tip: Why head to Bordeaux each spring to taste new wines before they're bottled? And how does Wine Spectator score these wines? Senior editor James Molesworth explains.
- Finding Values in Bordeaux—Quick Tip: Wines from Bordeaux have a reputation for being pricey—and some bottles do sell for thousands of dollars. How can you find red Bordeaux values? Senior editor James Molesworth shares his favorite tips.
- Quintessential Bordeaux—Tasting Léoville Las Cases: This second-growth embodies what is great about Bordeaux. The 2011 vintage was Wine Spectator's No. 10 wine of 2014, and estate manager Pierre Graffeuille poured this red at the Wine Experience.
- Barsac Is (Not) Sauternes: These two adjoining appellations are known for their luscious sweet wines. Château Climens owner Bérénice Lurton talks terroir and wine style.
- Sipping & Pairing Barsac: What does Barsac taste like? And what are some ideal food matches? This clip will make you hungry.
ADVANCE RATINGS NEWSLETTERS Get the early scoop on the best values and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings.
- Insider: Weekly reviews of highly rated wines to seek out before they sell out.
- Advance: Sneak peeks at the top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.
2015 BORDEAUX FUTURES GUIDE Which wines from the newest vintage will be worth buying en primeur, before they are bottled? After you read senior editor James Molesworth's tasting report in this issue, head online for his scores and full tasting notes for more than 275 reds, dry whites and sweet wines. Plus, get more of his impressions in his blogs from visits to top châteaus and estates. We'll also be tracking the 2015 futures campaign as prices are released.