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In the Nov. 30, 2017 Issue

Tequila

Tequila is no longer just a drink of rowdy parties or of the common man. It has become like a glass of Champagne. It can be ordered as an aperitif in restaurants, consumed with meals or quaffed after dinner. It has found its place on the home bars of wealthy connoisseurs as well as at watering holes frequented by blue-collar workers.

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

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

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

Cover Story

Tequila
- Mexico's national drink is positioned to take a place alongside luxury spirits such as single malt Scotch and aged rum, as producers of 100 percent blue agave versions turn heads in the U.S. and beyond
The Tequila Trail
- Seeking the soul of Mexico’s iconic spirit
Mezcal
- Agave Beyond Tequila
How It's Made
- There are a series of basic steps between the field and the bottle, and as with wine, a tequila maker’s choices influence the final product
Bottle Boom
- From celebrity labels to global drinks companies to boutique producers, the diversity of tequilas flowing across the border offers new tastes for adventurous drinkers

Features

Tasting Reports

Riches From the Rhône
- Classic quality hails from both the north and south in 2015, the best vintage for the region since the acclaimed 2010
FREE: Rhône Valley Alphabetical Listing - More than 925 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.
Preview: 2016
- A sampling of the upcoming vintage suggests another classic year from the Southern Rhône

WineSpectator.com: Blogging from the Rhône: This summer, James Molesworth visited nearly 20 Southern Rhône domaines, tasting recent vintages. Get his first-hand accounts.

Cava's Climb
- Building on the growing popularity of sparkling wine worldwide, Spanish producers are putting their focus on quality
FREE: Cava Alphabetical Listing - More than 115 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.
Spanish Leaders
- Four wineries that are raising the bar for the country's sparklers
California Merlot
- Led by Napa's Duckhorn, this oft-overshadowed red is seeing renewal as winemakers refine both varietal bottlings and blends
FREE: California Merlot Alphabetical Listing - More than 95 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: What makes Merlot magic in Napa Valley? Find out from Hourglass winery founder Jeff Smith.

Entertaining

A Melting Pot Menu
- Culinary influences from around the world converge in chef Victor Flores’ holiday recipes

Grapevine

Business

Florida Restaurants Recover from Hurricane Irma
Charles Banks Sells Share in Napa's Mayacamas
Bordeaux Rising Star Château Phélan Ségur Sold

Travel

Mexico

Retrospective

Sixteen Vintages of Valdicava's Flagship Brunello
- Sixteen vintages of the Brunello estate's flagship wine reveal a special character

Cellars / Collections

Tom and Barb Votel's Grab-'n'-go Collection is Built for Entertaining
- A St. Paul collector strikes a balance between refined design and grab 'n' go wine service

Departments

FAQ: Rhône Valley Facts and Figures

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

Rhône Rewards, Spanish Sippers, Reds and Whites from Italy

Columns

James Laube
- Big bottle, big night

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
- Nature vs. nurture

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.)

A Perfect Match

Butternut Squash Salad with a Rhône White

The Buying Guide


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TOP 100 COUNTDOWN Coming soon: On Nov. 13, we begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2017—with videos, tasting notes and more—culminating with the Wine of the Year on Nov. 17 and the complete Top 100 list on Nov. 20. Don't miss the year's most exciting wines!

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed at this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 19–21, brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

BREAKING NEWS Find out what wine lovers are talking about. From the latest on fires in wine country to lawsuits pitting sports stars against winery owners to challenges that prevent retailers from shipping wine to customers in other states, we've got it covered.

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.

  • James Molesworth's Video Blogs from the Rhône: From plowing stones to managing old vines, Molesworth takes viewers behind the scenes on his summer 2017 visit to the Southern Rhône.
  • Philippe Guigal's La Turque: The E. Guigal winemaker presented his 97-point Côte-Rôtie La Turque 2011 at the 2016 New York Wine Experience.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape's Best-Kept Secret: A sliver of the Southern Rhône's Châteauneuf production is white wines. Paul-Vincent Avril of Clos des Papes makes one of the best.


TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Get the latest reviews on hot new-release California Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more. Every week, we feature Tasting Highlights with the latest noteworthy reviews straight from our editors' tastings, with one edition dedicated entirely to wines from California.


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