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In the June 15, 2009 Issue

Napa Valley Getaways

Cover Story

Exploring Napa Valley - Planning a weekend, or a longer stay, in California's premier wine region? Our guide will help you get the most from your time in wine country, with recommendations for lodgings, restaurants, wineries to vist and other diversions

WineSpectator.com: Get information on hotels, restaurants and wineries in major wine regions around the world with WineSpectator.com's Dining & Travel section

Touring At The Top - Spa resorts, restaurants and winery excursions that spare no expense
Napa Valley Map
Visiting on a Budget - Accommodations, local dining and affordable tastings that deliver the experience for less
Award-Winning Wine Lists in Napa Valley


Tasting Reports

California Whites - From Pinot Grigio to Rhône-based blends, a bevy of aromatic whites provide appealing alternatives to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
FREE: California Whites Alphabetical Listing
2006 Red Burgundy - High quality means delicious Pinot Noirs from this somewhat overlooked vintage, though prices remain lofty

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Bruce Sanderson takes a tasting trip to Burgundy each year. Tour along with him as he visits the famous Pinot Noir appellation Clos Vougeot and decodes the complexities of the largest grand cru.

FREE: Red Burgundy Alphabetical Listing
New Zealand - The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc vintage is bounteous and well-priced, while the 2007 Pinot Noirs benefited from low yields
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing


Howard Backen - How one architect puts his subtle imprint on California



Rosé regulations in flux - The European Union is changing the legal definition of rosé, part of an effort to loosen winemaking rules. But producers of the pink-hued wines are none too happy about it
Lafite to make wine in China
Q&A with Stephen Brauer


World - Imported wines face tough economy

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Southern Hemisphere reds and bargains from France


Chocolate - Ice cream taste test

Things We Like

Armani Ristorante
Skybar wine storage
Arthur's saté sauce

Wine Auctions

Auctions Stabilize in First Quarter - Markets stabilizing after rocky fourth quarter

WineSpectator.com: Keep tabs on the auction market. Website members can check our Auction Price Database, which tracks more than 12,000 collectible wines, and the latest auction results. Also available is a free calendar of upcoming auctions.

Vintage Spotlight

Vintage Spotlight - 2007 Burgundy barrels

WineSpectator.com: Members can read more of Bruce Sanderson's cellar notes; he blogged about his visits to top Burgundy domaines in January and February 2009.

Cellars / Collections

Private Cellars - Long Island collector buys for the future


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Two Routes to Napa




James Laube - Living history in Napa

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube asks if we should lower the legal drinking age, discusses what it takes to be an expert and says tough times at wineries call for tough shoes.

Matt Kramer - 4,374

Wine Talk

Wine Talk - Golfer Annika Sorenstam

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

  • Insider: Weekly reviews of highly rated, small-production wines before they sell out.
  • Advance: Sneak peeks at top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.
  • Tasting Highlights: Showcases great wines from noteworthy regions and producers.

BLOGS: Join the discussion with Wine Spectator editors and guests. A team of Southern Hemisphere winemakers has been reporting from the field about the quality of their 2009 crops —and answering your questions about harvest.

SUMMER ENTERTAINING It's barbecue season! Get our favorite recipes and a list of wines that stand up to bold flavors.

FATHER'S DAY Let Dad indulge: Serve him one of our tempting, chef-recommended pork recipes with the wines to match.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video.

  • Finding Value: Wine Spectator editors share their tips for buying great wines without emptying your wallet.
  • Racing Cars, Making Wine: Learn more about an exciting new star of California Syrah, Adobe Road, founded by race-car driver Kevin Buckler.
  • Red Burgundy Field Trip: Join senior editor Bruce Sanderson as he tours and decodes the famous Pinot Noir appellation Clos Vougeot.

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