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In the Nov. 15, 2006 Issue

Napa's Best Cabernets

Cover Story

Napa's Top 50 Cabernets: Beyond Napa - A look at the best from the rest of the state
Napa's Top 50 Cabernets - The best of the best since 1990, with insights into why these wines excel
Napa's Top 50 Cabernets: Top 50 at a Glance
Napa's Top 50 Cabernets: California Cabernet at Auction - Napa's top wines offer opportunities for buyers and sellers
Napa's Top 50 Cabernets: The Rising Stars of Napa Cabernet
Napa's Top 50 Cabernets: Scoring History 1990—2003
Napa's Top 50 Cabernets: 10-Year Retail Price Comparison and California's Top-Scoring Cabernets
Napa's Top 50 Cabernets: Quality-To-Price Ratio


Tasting Reports

A Tricky Vintage For California Cabernet - 2003 delivers many lean, expensive wines in the wake of poor harvest weather
Carter Cellars - A Grand Award restaurateur makes a pilgrimage to Napa
Schrader - Success strikes twice for this Napa vintner
Sequum - Improving vineyards from the ground up
Split Personality In the Rhône - In 2004, the south excels across the board, while the north shows highs and lows


Inside the Restaurant Awards: Elysée - Discovering a new Vinland in a Norwegian wine cellar
Mediterranean in the Rockies - Colorado cuisine looks to Southern Europe


First, Taste Some Wine - New Zealand-born chef Peter Gordon adapts recipes to match the wine


Sun, Surf and Fine Wine in San Diego - California's largest beach town grows into a dining destination


The Bad Boy of California Wine - Fred Franzia, the man behind Two-Buck Chuck, takes no prisoners in his drive for success
The Mayor of Wine - San Francisco's Gavin Newsom brings innovation to Napa Valley and City Hall
Sonoma Mavericks - Seven winemakers who followed their own paths and pushed the boundaries in Northern California
Educating Winemakers - Grants from the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation provide key support to students in the enology and viticulture program at UC, Davis



Tastes: What Is Coffee Worth?


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue: Great Napa Cabernet


New Direct-Shipping Laws Under Fire - Legal volume caps often make transporting wine impossible for large producers
Friends Mix Business With Pleasure To Create Outstanding Napa Reds
Gary Andrus' Kiwi Winery Placed in Receivership
Wine Spectator School Launches Wine-Pairing Course
Napa Talent Heads to Sierra Foothills - Fair Play stakes its claim on Rhône varieties
A New Classification in St.-Emilion
Wine & Health: Drinking Wine May Not Lead to Heartburn

Dining Out

Dining Out: Cut, Simon L.A. - Two new Los Angeles restaurants reach in opposite directions


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Buttery Beef
Tastes: New Kid on the Block: Argan Oil
Tastes: Check Your Temperature


A Case of Cabernet Nostalgia
Getting There
Winemaking Passion in Israel


Prime-Time Passion - Stephen McPherson wants to make wine a star
Yes We Cancan: Charity Auction Spotlights Washington Wines
Tour de Bordeaux Raises Funds for Landmine Victims

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Richard Branson


First, Taste Some Wine - New Zealand-born chef Peter Gordon adapts recipes to match the wine

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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