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In the April 30, 2009 Issue

New World Values

Cover Story

Getting More Wine for Your Money - With the thousands of inexpensive bottles on the market today, the challenge is to sort through all the choices and match them to your tastes and budget; in this values-oriented report, we help you find the great deals and drink better
Stretch Your Wine-Buying Dollar - From trying new wines to becoming a savvy shopper, here are 18 creative ways to get more for less.
New World Values Gazetteer - Our reports on cost-conscious producers, plus lists of 125 delicious red and white wines for $20 or less.

WineSpectator.com: Always on the hunt for a bargain? Website members can browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at great prices, and Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities.


Tasting Reports

Diversity and Value - The country delivers a wide range of red and white wines, many at attractive prices
FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Haven't tried any South African Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon yet? Join James Molesworth on a vinous tour of the country's notable varietals.

German Riesling's Long Hang Time - An extended growing season in 2007 produced ripe, complex and fresh wines, a return to the more typical, mineral style
FREE: Germany Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: You know Germany produces luscious, cold-climate Riesling. But how familiar are you with the key regions and their distinct wine styles? Learn about the Germany's diverse wines from some of its top winemakers.


Del Mar Raises the Stakes - World-class wining and dining arrive at this beach and golf enclave in Southern California


People - Winemaker Q&A with Eileen Crane of Domaine Carneros. Plus, Newsmakers
Johann Rupert - The South African luxury-goods mogul has succeeded in remaking L'Ormarins



Business - U.S. Wineries Wrestle with Recession


Science - Moderate drinking may not be linked to erectile dysfunction; improving upon wine; keeping corks out of landfills

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and red and white values

Things We Like

Things We Like - The latest Riedel decanter; grown-up hot chocolate; a non-stick carbon-steel knife

Wine Auctions

Wine Auctions


Retrospective - 1998 California Cabernet

WineSpectator.com: Full notes on all the 1998 Cabernets that James Laube tasted. Also, more retrospective tastings of earlier vintages of California Cabernet are available.

Vintage Spotlight

2004 Brunello Di Montalcino - 2004 Brunello
2004 Brunello Alphabetical Listing


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Spend Less, Drink Well




James Laube - American wine culture

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube recalls wines that changed the world with their impact on the market, remembers the late Ridge president Donn Reisen and considers why California's drought may be a mixed blessing. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Paying for pedigree
James Molesworth - Old-vine treasures

Wine Talk

Wine Talk - ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2008 BORDEAUX Find out which wines are worth buying. European bureau chief James Suckling reports from Bordeaux on his barrel tastings of this challenging vintage.

2007 RHÔNES: Senior editor James Molesworth is blogging from the Rhône Valley as he visits top domaines to provide cellar notes on the developing wines from the excellent 2007 vintage.

NEW: WHAT WE'RE DRINKING: Ever wonder what Wine Spectator's senior editors drink in their free time? In our new section, they discuss their most interesting wine discoveries.

SPRING ENTERTAINING: As the temperature warms up, turn to our seasonal recipes and wine recommendations for ideas on what to prepare for your guests.

KOSHER WINES: Check out our picks of great recently rated wines for Passover.

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