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In the Nov. 30, 2007 Issue

Wine Auction Market

Cover Story

Bull Market for Wine - New bidders and worldwide demand for top wines have energized auctions. Can the boom times survive economic uncertainty?
Bull Market for Wine: Bordeaux - Still the benchmark for auctions
Bull Market for Wine: California - Always looking for the new thing
Bull Market for Wine: Burgundy - Blockbusters and big values
Bull Market for Wine: The Rhône - Bargain prices, but for how long?
Bull Market for Wine: Italy - Blockbusters and big values
Bull Market for Wine: Collector's Roundtable - Four auction insiders discuss the current wine market
Bull Market for Wine: The Wine Spectator Auction Index


Tasting Reports

Merlot on the Upswing - The 2004 vintage delivers quality after a disappointing '03
Merlot on the Upswing: Marilyn Merlot Magic - An eye-catching Napa red builds an enthusiastic following
Best In a Generation - 2005 delivers amazing quality up and down the Rhone Valley


What Becomes a Classic - Traditional holiday matches prove their mettle


Enjoying Aspen - Wining and dining takes on a relaxed air in the Rockies


Rhône Quest in California - True believer John Alban pursues great Syrah, Viognier and other distinctive varietals in the Golden State
Tuscan Ambition - Thomas Bär traded finance in Switzerland for winemaking in Chianti



Tastes: Spirits: Armagnac's Appeal



The Battle Against Fraudulent Wines - Will court cases on counterfeit wines scare collectors away from fall auctions?
Wine & Health: Alcohol Linked to Higher Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Finds
U.S. to Drink More Wine Than Italy
Winery Village Taking Shape in Seattle Suburb


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Cooking With Chestnuts
Tastes: Pail in Comparison
Tastes: Tea Time
Tastes: Set for Life


Injured Reserve
Beginning Again in Beaujolais
This Issue: The Booming Market for Fine Wine


Improving on Perfection - Collector John Jorgenson loved his old cellar—except for one thing
Collecting Q & A With Peter D. Meltzer

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Anne Belec

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

COLLECTING & AUCTIONS  Build your cellar through smart bidding. Our tools can help you find the good investments and values:

  • The Auction Price Database tracks the performance of more than 15,600 collectible wines.
  • The Auction Highlights section analyzes results from the latest major sales, including lots that sold for above- or below-average prices.
  • The Auction Calendar keeps you informed about upcoming sales.

GUEST BLOGGERS:  From famous chefs to top winemakers to rock stars, our guest bloggers have offered a wide range of perspectives on wine. Now meet Richard Betts, who oversees Montagna at the Little Nell's Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list and makes his own Betts & Scholl wines.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN  On Nov. 12, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2007, followed by the complete Top 100 list. The names of the wines will be available to all our readers, but you must be a subscriber to get the full tasting notes. Visit our Web site for a full schedule of the countdown and don't miss out on this exciting event.

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU  Join us Nov. 15 for our annual tasting of these fresh, fruity, bargain-priced reds. Find out which of the 2007 releases are crowd-pleasers and which ones you should pass up.

VIDEOS:  We now have more than 175 videos, including ones on:

  • Collecting roundtable: Watch and learn from the people who drive the wine auction market.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Discover why these southern French wines are so age-worthy and food-friendly.
  • Oyster pairing: Find the perfect wine to match with this popular shellfish.
  • Tuscany: Take a peek at the 2007 Brunello harvest at Casanova di Neri.
  • Bordeaux: Meet the château owners behind some of the world's most collectible reds.

TURKEY TIPS  Get fresh ideas for your Thanksgiving meal plus recommended wine matches for the bird and all its trimmings.

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