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In the July 31, 2008 Issue

Robert Mondavi


Tasting Reports

A Mixed 2006 for California Chardonnay - Despite challenging conditions, the new vintage offers scores of flavorful wines
A Mixed 2006 for California Chardonnay: 10 To Watch
User's Guide to California Chardonnay - The evolution of styles continues as winemakers explore this versatile grape
Washington Goes from Strength to Strength - As the state's reds motor on, more regions make an impact


Palazzo's Big Guns - Four famous chefs anchor a new Las Vegas casino resort


Wine Country On The Road - A summer menu for the outdoor season


Wine Spectator's 2008 Grand Tour - Tastings in New York and Las Vegas feature more than 200 wineries


The Passing of a Legend - Robert Mondavi shaped our modern wine culture



Tastes: Chocolate: All Hail the Peanut





Australia Grapples With a Calamitous Year - The 2008 harvest was a challenge, but bigger problems may lurk down the road
2008 Southern Hemisphere Harvest - Vintners from Argentina to New Zealand sum up the vintage
U.S. Threatens to Block Brunello Imports
Wine & Health: Women Wine Drinkers Less Likely to Suffer Dementia


Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Belly Up
Tastes: Summer Olympic Hot Spots - Beijing comes of culinary age
Tastes: Spirits: Rye's Revival

Savvy Shopper

The Savvy Shopper: California Chardonnay, Washington, the Languedoc


Mondavi: Visionary and Mentor
What Made Him Different
A Toast to Bob From Tuscany
Doing the Twist, Retroactively
This Issue: Who Will Replace Robert Mondavi?


Bogus Burgundies Uncovered - Auction market faces questions after wine is pulled from sale
Houston Rodeo Auction Ropes In Big Bids
Atlanta Auction's 16th Brings In More Than $1.5 Million
Some Young Champagnes Being Sold at Good Prices

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Gillian Ballance


Wine Country On The Road - A summer menu for the outdoor season

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

ADVANCE RATINGS:  Get the scoop on the hottest collectibles and best values from our editors' latest tastings.

  • Our weekly Insider newsletter brings you highly rated, small production wines before they sell out.
  • The Advance newsletter gives you sneak peeks at top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.
  • Our online Tasting Highlights show-cases noteworthy regions and producers.

WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL TIPS:  Planning a summer trip to your favorite wine region? Use our handy Hotel Search and Winery Search tools—now with reviews, photos and maps—to find the best accommodations and nearby wineries.

RECIPE SEARCH:  Find hundreds of delicious recipes—searchable by ingredient, food type or matching wine type—plus complete menus and wine-pairing advice.

2008 VIDEO CONTEST:  Creative with a video camera? Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's second annual video contest and you could win great prizes. We are looking for short, original videos that are educational and entertaining. Our editors will select the best entries, and the finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com, where viewers will vote to choose the winner. The deadline for entering is Aug. 18, 2008. Here are the complete rules and technical information, and last year's finalists.

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

  • Honoring Robert Mondavi:  Our tribute video includes a 1999 interview in which Mondavi explains his philosophy and recounts his first trip to Europe, plus rare photos that trace his life in wine.
  • California Chardonnay:  The Golden State produces a range of Chardonnay styles, and senior editor James Laube discusses two that are stylistic opposites—one aged in oak and the other "naked."
  • California Whites:  Branch out beyond Chardonnay with tasting coordinator MaryAnn Worobiec as she tastes some of the state's lesser-known white varietals, including Viognier.
  • Old-vine Zinfandel:  California winemakers are showing that Zinfandel can be structured and rewarding. Associate editor Tim Fish meets winemaker Al Perry among the ancient vines that produce grapes for Robert Biale's Monte Rosso Zinfandel.
  • Washington Chardonnay:  Learn about the state's bright, refreshing Chardonnays as editor at large Harvey Steiman tastes a pair from the 2006 vintage, the Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills and Three Rivers Columbia Valley.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE HARVEST REPORT  Get an early look at the 2008 vintage in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.

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