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In the May 15, 2008 Issue


Cover Story

Great Grapes: Chardonnay, America's Favorite Varietal - Chardonnay charms growers, vintners and wine lovers around the world, but it has a special place right here at home
Great Grapes: Chardonnay: Burgundy: The Côte d'Or - The homeland and quality epicenter
Great Grapes: Chardonnay: Chablis - A region imparting unique expression
Great Grapes: Chardonnay: Champagne - Delivering effervescence while transmitting terroir
Great Grapes: Chardonnay: California - The Golden State's dominant grape variety
Great Grapes: Chardonnay: Australia - A promising new home
Great Grapes: Chardonnay: Other Notable Chardonnays from Around the World - A well-traveled grape


A Scarecrow With a Soul - Rutherford Cabernet is Napa's newest superstar

Tasting Reports

Chile Returns to its Roots - With successful vintages in 2005 and 2006, solid values lead the way
FREE: Chile Alphabetical Listing
New Zealand's Sauvignon Swing - As Sauvignon Blanc powers ahead, Pinot Noir adds to the excitement from the South Pacific
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing


Exploring Chardonnay With Food - Cru Restaurant in New York creates dishes to match three different Chardonnay styles


Niagara Rises - Not far from the falls, Ontario's wine country offers great dining and promising wineries
Niagara Rises - Not far from the falls, Ontario's wine country offers great dining and promising wineries



Tastes: Coffee: Direct Shipment Coffee



Hong Kong Aims to Become World Wine Hot Spot - With duties on wine abolished, prices are slashed and auctions announced
Old Barossa Vines Moved to New Vineyard
Wine & Health: Moderate Drinkers Less Likely to Develop Deadly Diseases
Al Gore Praises Wine Industry's Green Efforts
American Wine Exports Reach $951 Million
Napa Cabernet Producer Gemstone Sold


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Tuna's Next Wave
Tastes: Cooking Without Fire
Tastes: New Orleans Hot Spot: MiLa
Tastes: Long Overdue


The Great Divide
The Myth of the Hicks
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's 2005s
This Issue: A Master Class in Chardonnay


From Improvising Winemaker to Collector - At one time, Tim O'Rourke made his own vino—in a closet
Spotlight On: Bordeaux 2003 - How have the wines from Bordeaux's last great vintage fared?

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Mike Skinner


Exploring Chardonnay with Food - Cru Restaurant in New York creates dishes to match three different Chardonnay styles

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2007 BORDEAUX:  Find out which wines are worth buying en primeur, as senior editor 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.

2006 BURGUNDY:  To guide your pre-arrival buys, senior editor Bruce Sanderson provides his vintage analysis, cellar notes and preliminary scores for soon-to-be-bottled wines.

EDITORS' BLOGS:  Senior editor James Molesworth reports from Chile and Argentina as he tours some of South America's best and most promising wine regions.

NEW CELLAR MANAGEMENT TOOLS:  Track the value of your cellar. Make a shopping list of highly rated wines. Organize the bottles in your collection in a personal database. Print shelf tags. Now you can do all these tasks on one convenient site. 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 our new My Cellar companion tool keeps you up to date on the value of your individual wines and your cellar's total worth.

VIDEOS:  We now have hundreds of videos on our Web site:

  • Chardonnay:   Bruce Sanderson demonstrates this popular white's diversity as he tastes top wines from California and Burgundy.
  • Chile:  James Molesworth shares his great finds after exploring this country's wine regions.
  • Wine-and-food pairing:  Join us at Manhattan's Cru restaurant as chef Shea Gallante and wine director Robert Bohr demonstrate how white Burgundy and a spiced turbot fillet can make a great match.

KOSHER WINE:  See our picks for the best bottles to serve with your Passover meal.

UNFILTERED:  Who says wine always has to be serious? Read amusing news items and get the scoop on celebrities and their wine escapades in our irreverent weekly column.

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