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In the April 30, 2008 Issue

Great California Values

Cover Story

Great California Values - How to beat high prices and find the best the golden state has to offer
Great California Values: Outstanding Value Producers
Great California Values: 189 California Values at a Glance


Tasting Reports

Extreme Riesling - German winegrowers were surprised by an early, short 2006 vintage
A Pair of Aces - Syrah and Chenin Blanc lead South Africa's strong hand
Germany Alphabetical Listing


The Maine Event - Portland offers fine seafood and imaginative wine lists


Trusting Altesino - Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini is gently improving one of Montalcino's best wineries
Climbing the Pyramid - Alfred Tesseron is raising quality at Bordeaux's Pontet-Canet
Paving the Way for California Pinot Noir - Texas transplants Adam and Dianna Lee track down the best West Coast vineyards to make stellar wines



Tastes: Spirits: Grown-Up Tequila



Diageo Buys Rosenblum Winery for $105 Million - Purchase testifies to growing taste for Zinfandel among consumers and producers
Costco Loses Long Fight to Reform Wine Distribution Laws
Wine & Health: Wine Waste May Help Protect Teeth One Day, Study Finds
Foley Buys a Stake in Walla Walla's Three Rivers Winery
Jamie Davies of Schramsberg Winery Dies at 73
Billionaire Collector's "Jefferson Bottle" Lawsuit Takes a Hit
Pétrus Vertical Stolen From Restaurant


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Fit to Be Fried
Tastes: Mail-Order Macarons
Tastes: Honey's Rainbow
Tastes: Tain France Hot Spot: Le Mangevins


Golden Oldies From California
Why Italian Wines Are Different
Tiny Le Pin Roars
This Issue: California Values


Auction Market Continues Its Climb - Index enjoys biggest increase ever in second half of 2007
Naples Festival Takes in $14 Million

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Yvon Chouinard

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW CELLAR MANAGEMENT TOOLS:  Track the value of your cellar. Make a shopping list of highly rated wines. Organize your collection in a personal database. Our upgraded Personal Wine List allows you to create as many separate lists as you need and add wines from our searchable Wine Ratings database (and unrated wines as well). And a new companion tool called My Cellar keeps you up to date on the value of your individual wines and your cellar's total worth.

PRINT YOUR OWN SHELF TALKERS:  Now you can label your wines clearly with Wine Spectator scores and tasting notes. Create shelf tags for your bottles using either our new Personal Wine List or our Wine Ratings Search database.

2007 BORDEAUX:  Find out which wines are worth buying. European bureau chief James Suckling reports from Bordeaux on his barrel tastings of this challenging vintage.

SANTA BARBARA:  Senior editor James Laube previews the region's Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and other wines being sold as futures.

VIDEOS:  We now have hundreds of videos on our site, including new ones that feature:

  • Bordeaux:  Château Pontet-Canet's wines stand out vintage after vintage. Take a tour of this fifth-growth Pauillac estate with Alfred Tesseron, who has revolutionized its quality.
  • South Africa:  Learn more about this country's distinctive wines with senior editor James Molesworth as he tastes and matches them with South African cuisine at Xai Xai restaurant in New York.
  • Tuscany:  What does it take to be a top Brunello producer Altesino owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini tells you all about it.

SOMMELIER STARS:  Meet the wine directors at the world's most wine-friendly restaurants, from the French Laundry to Cru and beyond. Find out how their cellars earned Wine Spectator awards, how they fell in love with wine, and what they like to stash in their personal cellars.

KOSHER WINE:  Get our picks on the best bottles to serve with your Passover meal.

SPRING ENTERTAINING:  As the weather warms up, enjoy our seasonal recipes and wine picks.

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