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In the Oct. 15, 2007 Issue

Australia's Benchmarks

Cover Story

Australia's Benchmarks - 25 world-class reds and whites that define the country's best
Australia's Benchmarks: Winery Profiles


Tasting Reports

Australia's Big Reds Gain Balance and Refinement
Discovering France: The Southwest - Big reds, luscious sweet wines and surprising values flow from a beautiful land
Australia's Benchmarks: Reviews of the Current Releases
Australia Alphabetical Listing


Basking In Provence - Travelers to the south of France will find sun-blessed destinations for wine, food and all the senses


Mastering Madiran - Alain Brumont succeeds in making world-class wines from the obscure Tannat grape
The Wise Man Of Carneros - Larry Hyde helms one of the best vineyards in California



Tastes: Coffee: Out of Africa



Napa Winemakers Cash Out - Three major acquisitions in 24 hours suggest a seller's market
Grand Award Winner Has New Machine to Detect Cork Taint
Wine & Health: Wine Helps Kill Bad Oral Bacteria, Study Finds
Frank Gehry Breaks Ground in Napa
U.S. Government Mulls Wine Nutrition Labels
Threat of Wine-Bottle Shortage Concerns French Producers

Dining Out

Dining Out: Los Angeles: The Foundry on Melrose, Hokusai - Two dining establishments offer L.A. cuisine with a twist


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Bluefin and Burgundy
Tastes: Angling for Better Wine
Tastes: Oil Change
Tastes: Hot Spot: Vino Volo


A Leap of Faith
Reveling in Riesling
This Issue: Benchmark Wines

Inside Wine

Inside Wine: When Rot Is Noble - Botrytis is crucial to producing some of the greatest sweet wines in the world


Wine Auctions Show No Signs of Weakness - Record prices drive index up 6.8 percent in first half of 2007
Sonoma Shows Off Its Style at Showcase - More than $30,000 is raised for charity at live auction
Barrett Rounds Up Big Bids

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Dave Mirra

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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VIDEOS  We now have more than 150 videos! Watch this issue's stories come to life:

HARVEST REPORTS  Discover great places to experience crush, plus hear about the 2007 crop straight from the winemakers as the grapes come in.

FALL ENTERTAINING  Our recommended value wines and grilling recipes are perfect for a dinner party to usher in the fall.

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