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In the Oct.15, 2009 Issue

500 Great Buys

Our Fall value issue helps you find the best deals from around the world with our largest group of bargains ever, priced from $4 to $20.

FREE Wine Charts:

Australian red wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Australian red wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Southern France wines: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all southern French wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

500 Great Buys - From the thousands of acres of California Chardonnay to the vast vineyard realms of southern France and Italy to the rapidly expanding growing regions of the Southern Hemisphere, there’s a glut of fine wine flowing onto the market, providing wine lovers with exciting wine-buying opportunities

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; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values.

Outside the Box - Rising quality and hard-to-beat prices have wine lovers rethinking the overlooked category of bag-in-box wines
In the Kitchen - Comfort food recipes to pair with value wines


Tasting Reports

Australia’s Cabernet Surge - Winemakers deliver more supple and fruity Cabernets, while Shiraz and Grenache blends continue to provide quality
FREE: Australia Reds Alphabetical Listing
Southern France - Along France’s Mediterranean coast, Bandol and the Coteaux du Languedoc lead the way with exciting reds
FREE: Southern France Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: The best-value grape you may not know: Mourvèdre. This red grape produces big, bold wines that are well-balanced and have the stuffing to age. Join Kim Marcus as he describes a pair of his favorites.


The Magician of Movia - Slovenia’s most famous vintner, Aleš Kristančič, acts eccentric, but his wines merit serious attention



Business - California issues Internet sales warning

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


Some California Grapes May Go Homeless in 2009
Brunello Investigation
New Zealand Also Confronts Too Much Wine


Winemaker Q & A: Dennis Martin
A Better Website for Wine Lovers
Indecent Exposure

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Bargain Chiantis and Aussie values


Chocolate - Michael Mischer bars


Spirits - Pairing with Armagnac

Things We Like

Spain Meets Virginia
Hot Spot: Montreal - Au Pied Du Cochon
It's Not All Foam

Wine Auctions

Wine Auctions - Vega Sicilia Unico stands alone

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 - Wine imitates art


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue




James Laube - Digging into the cellar

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube discusses a controversial new Cabernet release, ponders big retailers scaling back their wine selection, and asks your opinion on Alabama's ban of a wine label with a topless cyclist. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Everyone's a critic

Wine Talk

Wine Talk - Sommelier Fernando Beteta

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.


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