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Bountiful Barolo, Global Riesling, Zin City and Loire Treasures

Issue: April 30, 2012

We here at Wine Spectator believe that Barolo reigns as the king of reds in Italy's famed Piedmont region, but you can still find a number of outstanding bottlings carrying price tags that are more down to earth like these. Also, this diverse mix of Rieslings offers bottlings not only from the grape's traditional home in Germany, but also from New World regions such as New York, Washington and Australia. Zinfandel is a native California crowd-pleaser, offering up-front fruit flavors, an approachable style and the ability to match with a variety of cuisines. The bottlings listed below offer textbook Zin character at everyday prices. And finally, Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley is one of France's best red wine values.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands March 27, 2012.

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