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In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 29, 2008 Issue

Ultimate Buying Guide

Cover Story

The Ultimate Buying Guide
The Ultimate Buying Guide: California
The Ultimate Buying Guide: France
The Ultimate Buying Guide: Italy
The Ultimate Buying Guide: Other International
The Ultimate Buying Guide: 2007 Top Scores
The Ultimate Buying Guide: The 2007 Compendium
Wine Spectator Vintage Chart 2008 Edition



Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Chocolate Delight


Tastes: Spirits: Bloody Good Drink


2007 Article Index

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue: A Year in Wine


Constellation Pays $885 Million for Beam Wines
Former Importer Michael Domecq Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison
Wine & Health: Some Red Wines Help Kill Bacteria in Food, Study Finds
California Winery to List Ingredients on Labels
2007 Vintage Report Card
Son of Schramsberg Estate Founder Sues Over Interest in the Napa Winery

Dining Out

Dining Out: Los Angeles: Bastide, Comme Ça


Tastes: Blend It Yourself
Tastes: Forest in a Jar
Tastes: San Francisco Hot Spot: South Food and Wine Bar


True Confessions
Without a Net
Sometimes a Flawed Oldie Is Still a Goodie


A Collecting Prodigy - Chris Schmidt got an early start building his cellar
Autumn Comes With an Appetite in New Orleans - Carnivale du Vin cooks up $2 million for children in need
Mancbach Auction Benefits Wine Education
Auction Market Stays Positive - October sales produce more record prices, despite rough economic picture

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Bobby Flay

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

MORE INSIDER RATINGS:  Our popular Insider newsletter has gone weekly. Now get twice as many advance ratings for exciting new wines selected from our editors' latest tastings.

NEW! SPECTATOR TRADING POST:  Find special wine offers, including great values and hard-to-find collectibles, from a select group of retailers. Offers for our subscribers change frequently, so check in often for the best deals.

VINTAGE CHARTS:  We offer more than 35 charts, updated regularly with the latest vintages and featuring our editors' scores and drinkability recommendations. Plus, print out our wallet-size chart.

VALUE-WINE LISTS:  Browse our exclusive lists of the world's top wine values and value producers. We've also added new lists, such as "Outstanding reds from Argentina and Chile for $30 or less."

2007 VINTAGE REPORT CARD:  With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator's editors provide an early look at potential quality in key regions across the Northern Hemisphere and give each a preliminary grade. Plus, watch bonus videos from Tuscany's 2007 harvest.

VALENTINE'S DAY:  Romance your date with a seductive wine or an indulgent dessert. We'll help you impress that special someone with tips for the perfect meal and great wine picks.

VIDEOS:  We now have more than 200 videos on our site:

  • Tuscany:  Visit Fattoria di Felsina, a producer of great Chianti Classico, super Tuscans and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • Chapoutier Tasting (whites and reds):  Hear from the Rhône's Michel Chapoutier, who presented eight single-vineyard wines from the prestigious Hermitage appellation during the 2007 Wine Experience.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE:  We're putting your wine knowledge to the test with our fun, new biweekly wine quiz. See how well you do compared with other readers.

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