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In the July 31, 2007 Issue

Brunello Di Montalcino

Cover Story

Brunello Di Montalcino - Tuscany's sweet spot makes the world's best Sangiovese-based reds
Brunello Di Montalcino: Montalcino is for Wine Lovers - A complete guide to the best hotels, restaurants and wineries to visit
Brunello Di Montalcino: Builders of Brunello - America's Mariani family has reshaped this Tuscan wine region
Brunello Di Montalcino: The Cream of the Crop - Brunello's best producers set the standard for the region
Brunello Di Montalcino: Regional Map


The New South Africa - This promising wine region struggles with the legacy of apartheid

Tasting Reports

California Chardonnay's Even Keel - Sonoma stars in '04 and '05, and three wineries make classics
Washington - Hits Its Stride With Cabernet and Syrah
Alphabetical Guide to Washington Wines


Long Island Wine Country Entertaining - Great summer dining showcases fresh, local ingredients


Wine on the Road - More than 200 wineries join Wine Spectator's Grand Tour in 2007



Tastes: Coffee: Be Careful What You Drink


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue: Breathtaking Brunello


Screw Caps Gain Acceptance - Alternative closures top wines from Napa to Burgundy
Champagne Protects Brain Cells From Injury, Study Finds
Jess Jackson's Curlin Wins Preakness
2007 Southern Hemisphere Snapshots - Vintners from Australia to South Africa sum up the vintage


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: The Wide World of Olives
Tastes: I Can't Believe It's Not Cow
Tastes: Squeeze Me
Tastes: Berlin Hot Spot: Restaurant 44


Napa Cabernet Cools Off
Saved by Sauvignon


Two Top Auctions Break Previous Records - Communities rally behind local charities
Food and Wine Fit for Stars at A Blockbuster Auction
Collecting Q & A - With Peter D. Meltzer

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Grant Achatz


Long Island Wine Country Entertaining - Great summer dining showcases fresh, local ingredients

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

HOTELS, RESORTS AND INNS  Find the perfect place to stay during your next wine-country trip. Our revamped Hotel Search lists great accommodations that have been reviewed by Wine Spectator.

NEW BLOGGERS  Join the conversation with our latest guests:

  • Rajat Parr, wine director for Michael Mina's restaurant group, takes a stand on terroir, alcohol levels and other interesting topics.
  • Andrew Carmellini, of A Voce in New York, reveals his formative experiences as a chef.
  • Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator's managing editor, shares the discoveries he made on his recent trip to Austria's wine regions.

VINTAGE CHARTS  Get the latest vintage ratings of the top regions. For each current vintage and past exceptional years, Wine Spectator editors provide a score and drinkability rating.

INDEPENDENCE DAY  We recommend some great American wines for celebrating the Fourth of July.

VIDEOS  Watch this issue's articles come to life:

  • Italian vintners take you beyond Tuscany: Sandro Boscaini of Masi winery explains Amarone, while Alois Lageder introduces you to the Alto Adige.
  • Peter Michael, a British wine collector, talks about how he founded a top Sonoma winery.
  • Editor at large Harvey Steiman showcases three different styles of Washington Syrah in his latest tasting.
  • Beringer winemaker Laurie Hook discusses the different personalities ofthe winery's Chardonnays from Napa and Carneros.

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