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In the July 31, 2017 Issue

Collecting

Without a plan, the process of creating a wine collection can be overwhelming. A firm understanding of your preferences and consumption habits will save money and time, and result in a cellar that is perfect for you.

California Chardonnay: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Chardonnay wines 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.

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

Cover Story

The Art of Collecting
- Collecting wine is many things to many people: a passion, a business, a challenge. Here we look at the myriad facets of collecting, from planning a buying strategy to constructing a private home cellar
Choose Your Own Adventure - You can't impulse buy your way to a great collection. We break down four strategies for planning your wine purchases
Building a Dream Cellar - Collectors and designers across the country share their insight and experiences in creating awesome home cellars
Insider Advice - Four pros from the worlds of auction and retail deliver expert advice on how to make the most of your wine budget
Pulling Corks - From intricate to ribald to whimsical, corkscrews come in all shapes and sizes

WineSpectator.com: Planning on investing in your wine collection this year? Keep on top of the latest auction news and market trends in our Collecting section, and sign up for our free twice-monthly Collecting e-mail newsletter to get great wine picks for the cellar and much more.

New Faces of Australia

Features

Tasting Reports

Golden State Standard - California's 2014 and 2015 vintages deliver outstanding Chardonnays in a range of styles and price points
FREE: California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing - More than 520 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.
Winning Streak - A string of strong vintages have propelled California Zinfandel to sustained success, with the 2014 and 2015 releases showing versatility and gorgeous fruit
FREE: California Zinfandel Alphabetical Listing - More than 320 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.
New Life for a Legacy Vineyard
Over and Above - Shunning the bargain bottles of yesteryear, Australian vintners are undertaking ambitious projects exploring diverse grapes and terroirs
FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing - More than 745 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.

Dining

L.A. Hot Spots - Three exciting restaurants that carry on the city's reputation for setting culinary trends

Events

Wine Spectator's 2017 Grand Tour

People

Legacy of Louis Latour - Louis-Fabrice Latour looks to the future of his family's historic Burgundy house

Grapevine

World

Frost Devastates Vineyards in France and Italy

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

Gaja Invests in Sicily's Mount Etna
Sarah Marquis Acquires Sole Ownership of Mollydooker
Whisky Advocate Launches Redesigned Website

Things We Like

Pizza Tools and Toppings

Travel

Pop-up Dining in Monte Carlo; Olive Oil Tours; an Outdoor Wine Dinner in Oregon - Pop-up Dining in Monte Carlo; Olive Oil Tours; an Outdoor Wine Dinner in Oregon

Retrospective

1997 Vintage Port - A recent tasting of top 1997 Vintage Ports finds them unfurling beautifully

Departments

FAQ: Collecting for Beginners

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 Sippers, Fresh Summer Whites, Washington Must-buys

Columns

James Laube - Eminent arrival

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 princely project

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.)

Bruce Sanderson - Decoding Chablis

WineSpectator.com: Read more of Bruce Sanderson's 2015 Burgundy coverage, see his recent blog posts.

A Perfect Match

Seafood Risotto with an Italian White

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.


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 to our collection:

  • How to Describe Chardonnay: Enjoying Chardonnay is easy. But how do you describe it? And what are some delicious food pairings? Kendall-Jackson's Randy Ullom reveals his tasting method.
  • Zin on Film: These videos star some of the top names in California Zinfandel, including Ted Seghesio, Bedrock's Morgan Twain-Peterson, Carlisle's Mike Officer and more.

FOURTH OF JULY PARTIES Bring some culinary fireworks to your festivities with a great new summer recipe and crowd-pleasing wines to pair with it.

DESIGN INSPIRATION Looking for ideas for how to set up a wine cellar or create a dynamic space for cooking, dining and entertaining at home? Check out our series Private Cellars and Wine & Design, complete with photo galleries for inspiration.

WINE SPECTATOR'S 11TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST What's your wine story? Submit your video to Wine Spectator's 11th Annual Video Contest by Sept. 4 and you could win great prizes! Anyone 21 or older can enter, whether you're in the biz or just a wine lover. The winning video will be screened at the Wine Experience, and the winner will receive two full passes to the Wine Experience weekend. All finalists will win two passes to a Grand Tasting or Grand Tour evening, and all qualified entrants receive a one-year membership to WineSpectator.com.

  1. Pick a Topic Maybe you'll make a how-to film, an informative documentary, a music video, an animated short or a cooking demo.
  2. Shoot Use your iPhone, Android, GoPro, DSLR or video camera.
  3. Have Fun! Your video can be nerdy, funny, arty, real—or even surreal! Questions? Email us at video@mshanken.com.


MASTER THE WINES OF AUSTRALIA Wine regions Down Under offer a diverse range of varietals, blends and wine styles. In three online classes and tastings, you'll get to know the key growing areas in Australia and New Zealand and their specialties. This and nine other Wine Spectator School courses are included with your WineSpectator.com membership.

RATINGS ALERTS Early updates on the smartest buys and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings—delivered right to your inbox!

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