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Magazine Archives: Dec. 31, 2011 - Jan. 15, 2012

Puzzles and Surprises

James Laube
Issue: December 31, 2011

Few of us at Wine Spectator figured a California Pinot Noir would ever end up as a Wine of the Year. But Pinot's ascent, which began to take shape a decade ago, represents a seismic shift in redefining California's wine landscape. Other lesser-known grapes, once obscure or dismissed as inferior, are making important gains too, adding to the excitement.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands December 6, 2011.

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