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In the Sept. 30, 2016 Issue

Cheese

Cheese is as diverse and delicious as ever, and chefs around the world are finding creative new dishes for everything from goat to cheddar. Learn about 10 of the world's great cheeses, and get recipes and wine pairings from top chefs and sommeliers for each.

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

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

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

Cover Story

Cooking With Cheese
- Explore 10 iconic cheeses, with recipes from leading chefs and wine matches from top sommeliers
Burrata Caprese - Fresh is the word
Goat Cheese - Pavé With honey gelée
Brie - Cheesecake with apple butter
Époisses - A sweet, sublime stinker
Manchego - Apple, fennel, manchego Salad
Swiss - Cubano sandwich
Cheddar - Macaroni and cheese
Gouda - Walnut-gouda soufflé
Parmigiano-Reggiano - Risotto Cacio e Pepe
Blue Cheese - Duck wings with cheese sauce

WineSpectator.com: Can't get enough cheese? Browse our full archives of articles about cheese.

WineSpectator.com: For dozens more recipes using cheese, with suggested wine pairings, try our online Recipe Search, for WineSpectator.com members. You can look up dishes—from appetizers to creative salads and grilled cheese sandwiches to savory tarts and sweets—by type, wine pairing or ingredients.

Features

Tasting Reports

Against the Odds - A difficult 2013 vintage fails to waylay Burgundy vintners, who deliver an impressive crop of rich, racy whites
FREE: White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing - More than 550 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 VIDEO: Burgundy Basics: Burgundy can be complicated. But it's easy to enjoy a glass if you know the basics such as the grapes, flavors and how to find value.

Pushing Pinot - In the midst of steady growth, California Pinot Noir achieves excellent quality in the complementary 2013 and 2014 vintages
FREE: California Pinot Noir 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.
Reviving a Family Legacy - The Fetzer brothers honor their heritage growing Pinot in Eagle Peak

Wine

His Own Man - Winemaker Christian Moreau taps his family's historic vineyards to produce some of Chablis' most distinctive, site-specific wines

Grapevine

Italy's Basilicata - The Aglianico grape shines with expressive versions from Basilicata
FREE: Basilicata Alphabetical Listing - More than 80 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.

Business

2015 Bordeaux Futures Fuel Speculation

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

World

Justin Clears Old Oaks
Barolo's Vietti Sold

People

Tour D'Argent’s André Terrail - Tour d'Argent owner André Terrail brings new life to the French culinary icon

WineSpectator.com: Get more insights into dining, wine pairing and food trends from leading restaurateurs, sommeliers and chefs in our online Talk interviews.

Coffee

The Mother of Fair-Trade Coffee

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

Travel

Wine Harvest Festivals 2016

Departments

FAQ: Chardonnay

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

Italian Offerings, French Finds, Spanish Specialties

Columns

James Laube - Paul Draper's Ridge legacy

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 - A case against natural wine

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.)

James Molesworth - Challenges on Long Island

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Molesworth shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers—from Bordeaux to New York. Join the conversation with other members.


The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE AND FOOD MATCHMAKING Our "8 & $20" series shows you how to use eight ingredients, plus pantry staples, to whip up a quick weeknight dinner or even an elegant entrée for spur-of-the-moment entertaining. We pair each recipe with a delicious under-$20 bottle of wine, to make any meal an occasion.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Don't work hard to throw a great party! We recruit leading chefs and cookbook authors to share some of their favorite crowd-pleasing recipes that will allow you to spend time with your guests. Wine Spectator editors pick well-priced, highly rated wines to enjoy over the long weekend without straining your wallet.

SIPS & TIPS NEWSLETTER Get new recipes delivered to your inbox, along with great value wines, travel ideas and helpful tips to boost your food and wine knowledge. Sign up for our free weekly email.

INTRODUCING OUR PRIVATE GUIDE TO DINING Our new, twice-monthly, free e-mail newsletter spotlights the best restaurants for wine lovers, from iconic hotels and resorts to perfect pizza places. Get great restaurant wine picks, keep on top of drinks trends, learn about new restaurant openings and more. Sign up!

2016 VIDEO CONTEST—CHOOSE THE WINNER! Original short wine videos have been pouring in to Wine Spectator's 10th Annual Video Contest. (Entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 5.) On Sept. 12, we'll post the finalists so you can vote for your favorite. The firstplace winner will receive a pair of tickets to our spectacular Wine Experience weekend. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 20. In the meantime, check out the entry guidelines and previous years' finalists.

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:

  • Defining Hang Time: In basketball, "hang time" refers to how long a player stays airborne. Looking ahead to harvest, winemaker Anne Moller-Racke, of California's Donum, talks hang time for grapes ... and what that means for the wine in your glass.
  • Star Chef Challenge: We enlisted four leading chefs—Emeril Lagasse, José Andrés, Michael Lomanaco and Abram Bissell and restaurateur Danny Meyer (and their wine directors)—to battle it out with executive editor Thomas Matthews to see who can pick the best wine pairing for some complex dishes. See which contestants prevail.


WINE-FRIENDLY RECIPES From starters to desserts, we've got what you need to keep your weeknight meals fresh or impress dinner guests. Find hundreds of recipes, with suggested wine pairings, in our online Recipe Search. Like the cheese recipes in our cover story? We've got dozen more dishes online, from creative grilled cheese sandwiches to fun salads to savory tarts.

BACK TO (WINE) SCHOOL Fall is the time of year to ramp up your wine education with one of our online courses, from the ABCs of Wine Tasting to detailed explorations of individual regions such as Bordeaux, California and Tuscany. Or learn how to improve your wine-and-food pairing skills. Start whenever you want, and share the tastings with friends. All courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, only $49 per year.


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