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In the Nov. 15, 2016 Issue

40th Anniversary

Wine Spectator has observed—and sometimes helped shape—the evolution of the wine world over the past 40 years. In this anniversary issue, we track the personalities, the wines and the times since our founding.

Rhône Valley: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Rhône Valley wines 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.

Cover Story

The World of Wine
Four Decades of Struggle and Success
- Four decades of struggle and success mark the emergence of a wine culture in the United States
1976-1985
1986–1995
1996–2005
2006–2016
The Leaders of Wine - Profiles of people who've made a difference
The Voices of Wine
- Editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken talks about his dreams, motivations and accomplishments
Building Wine Spectator - Marvin R. Shanken and Wine Spectator
Gallery of Covers
Reflections by Our Senior Editors
The Experience of Wine - Our annual event has brought vintners and wine lovers together since 1981
The Future of Wine - Gauging the changing tastes and emerging trends that may chart new paths of discovery

WineSpectator.com: BONUS: Coming soon: Watch more than 20 complementary videos with the leading winemakers of the past four decades. Historic clips feature André Tchelistcheff and Ernest and Julio Gallo, along with How to Describe Wine (circa 1983). Plus, editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken describes his most memorable Wine Experience.

Features

Tasting Reports

Hard Knocks - Challenges plagued France's Rhône Valley in 2014, but vintners pulled out the stops to make very good wines
FREE: Rhône Valley Alphabetical Listing - More than 835 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: Learn more about the Rhône Valley and its leading grape varieties through video interviews and seminars with the vintners behind famous names such as Beaucastel, Clos des Papes and Guigal.

Alsace's Allure - Elegant, ageworthy white and dessert wines from Riesling, Gewüztraminer and Pinot Gris abound in northeastern France
FREE: Alsace Alphabetical Listing - More than 245 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.

Events

Wine Experience Grand Tastings - Wine Spectator’s annual Wine Experience offers an unrivaled collection of great wines.

People

Mel Dick's Life in Wine - The president of Southern Glazer's wine division earns Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award

Grapevine

FAQ: Thanksgiving Wines

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.

Business

Canned Wine Woos Consumers - Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

People

In Memoriam - Napa ambassador Margrit Mondavi, wine journalist Greg Walter, wine science pioneer Vernon Singleton

Savvy Shopper

French Finds, Global Values, Italian Treasures

Cheese

Cheese with Seafood - Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.

Spirits

Rum Revival - This sugarcane-based spirit comes in a panoply of styles, colors and flavors. A guide to this hard-to-pin-down liquor

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

Travel

Farm Getaways - Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

LOOKING BACK ON 40 YEARS In our website companion to this 40th anniversary issue, you'll find mobile-friendly photo galleries, a Q&A with editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken about Wine Spectator's history and its role in the development of American wine culture, and more than 20 videos with leading winemakers of the past four decades. Historic clips feature André Tchelistcheff and Ernest and Julio Gallo, along with "How to Describe Wine" (circa 1983). Plus, Shanken describes his most memorable Wine Experience.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us Oct. 20 to 22 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.

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

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.

  • 2016 Video Contest Winners: Cute sheep, killer photography, heartwarming family albums and amazing feats of engineering. Our editors chose the finalists from this cornucopia of entries, then our viewers voted for their favorites. Pour a glass of wine, grab some popcorn and don't miss the winners, finalists and honorable mentions from Wine Spectator's 10th Annual Video Contest at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2016.
  • Best of Barolo With Conterno: The three sons of Piedmont legend Aldo Conterno continue his winemaking tradition in Bussia, within the village of Monforte d'Alba. Franco Conterno describes the steep Cicala vineyard and the character of the wines from this great site as he pours the 98-point 2010 vintage.
  • Best of Barolo With Massolino: The village of Serralunga d'Alba is home to some of Barolo's top vineyards, including Margheria, owned by the Massolino family. Learn about their history, the vineyard and its wines with Franco Massolino as he shares the 96-point 2010 vintage.
  • Lettuce Farmer to Pinot Noir Star: Some folks called Gary Pisoni crazy when he started growing grapes in Salinas, which is now California's up-and-coming Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Crazy or brilliant, you can't help smiling along with the irrepressible Pisoni as he tells his story.


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