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In the Aug. 31, 2009 Issue

Restaurant Awards & Dining Guide

Cover Story

The Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers
The Best Wine Lists of 2009 - Despite the tough economic times, the 3,845 restaurants that are honored in Wine Spectator's 2009 Restaurant Wine List Awards program are pouring more exciting wines than ever—and at the best quality-to-price ratio diners have seen in years
New Grand Award Winners - Four restaurants—Addison, Blantyre, Joël Robuchon and Wild Ginger—receive the top honor this year
Grand Award Winners of 2009
Dining Guide - A comprehensive listing of our Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners from across the country and around the world

WineSpectator.com: Complete listing details for all award winners are available in our free online Restaurant Search, where you can select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more. WineSpectator.com members can also post their own personal ratings and share comments about the quality of their experience at these restaurants.


Tasting Reports

California Sauvignon Blanc - Its star is rising in California, as vintners and consumers are treating this workhorse grape with more respect
Italy's Improving Whites - Led by Alto Adige, vintners throughout the country are making distinctive wines


What You're Drinking Now - Our recent survey reveals how the recession has affected wine consumers



Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report

WineSpectator.com: Find more details on the 2009 vintage in each country.

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


Cycling Pro Brakes for Wine
Corks Pop in Three Cities - Wine Spectator's Grand Tour draws more than 3,000 wine lovers
Big Bottles, Big Fun - Bring Your Own Magnum parties kick off auction festivities

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Bargain Blancs, grillin' reds, Italy's bounty and more whites


Spirits: The Well-Kept Bar


Wine at Sea
RN74 Runs Through San Francisco
Destination Cabo

Wine Auctions

Auction Napa Valley Raises $4.3 Million

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

Cellars / Collections

Private Cellars - A tower of wine


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue: Restaurants and Wine




James Laube - Changing for the better

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube looks at a case of voodoo economics, ponders what lies ahead for American wine, and shares some favorite dining spots in Napa Valley.

Matt Kramer - Charity begins at home

Wine Talk

Wine Talk: Jamie Moyer

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT RATINGS What do you think of the award winners in our 2009 Dining Guide? Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your dining experiences.

CELLAR MANAGEMENT TOOLS Organize the bottles in your collection in a personal database. Track the value of your cellar. Print shelf tags. Make a shopping list of new, highly rated wines. You can do all these things online in one convenient location using our Personal Wine List and My Cellar companion tools.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2009 Dining Guide, with more than 3,800 award-winning restaurants, is searchable through our free online database.

SOMMELIER TALK Meet the people behind the great wine lists. We talk with sommeliers to find out their favorite pairings and ask them which wines make it into their own cellars.

Creative with the video camera? Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's third annual video contest and you could win great prizes. We're 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 can vote to choose the winner. The deadline for entering is Aug. 31, 2009. You can read the complete rules and view the previous years' finalists.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Recent additions include:

  • Decoding Clos de Vougeot Senior editor Bruce Sanderson discusses Burgundy's biggest grand cru vineyard—the source of great Pinot Noirs.
  • Cool New Zealand Editor at large Harvey Steiman provides a primer on the country's regions and climates and talks about its snappy style of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
  • Antinori in Napa Alessia Antinori explains how her renowned Tuscan family is bringing an Old World winemaking philosophy to Napa's Antica winery.
  • The heart of rosé Find out why Provence is a great source for these crisp, refreshing wines.

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