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In the Oct. 31, 2009 Issue

Savoring Italy

Italy has it all: great wine, food and culture. In this special report, we guide you to the best of the new releases from Tuscany and the fast-improving wines of Sicily. We also take you to Taormina, the famed resort in the shadow of Mount Etna, with its welcoming seaside ambience. In addition, one of the nation’s best winemakers, Carlo Ferrini, gives his views on winemaking and grapegrowing. We hope you will find inspiration in this special report.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Tuscany's Winning Wines - Italy’s celebrated region delivers excellent wines for every pocketbook from a string of outstanding vintages

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Join James Suckling in Tuscany as he meets with top winemakers, tastes the region's famous wines and visits estates during harvest.

Remaking Sicily - Improving wines made from native grapes by a new cadre of winemakers are changing the face of this value-oriented region
Talking Sangiovese - A Q&A with consulting enologist Carlo Ferrini, who has worked with Tuscany’s signature red grape for more than 30 years
Italian Idyll - Taormina, Sicily’s once sleepy resort, wakes up thanks to a lively new food-and-wine scene


Tasting Reports

FREE: Tuscany Alphabetical Listing
FREE: Sicily Alphabetical Listing


Burgundy’s Bullet Train - Erwan Faiveley makes dramatic changes at his family’s domaine while honoring a tradition of quality

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Erwan Faiveley—who took control of his family's renowned domaine at the age of 25—discusses renewing traditions in Burgundy.

A Mind for Wine - David Ramey has helped shape California winemaking for nearly three decades



Business - Six states raise wine taxes


New Wine Packaging
A Deal in the Douro - Acclaimed Douro red finds a new home
Protest Mounts Over “Cellared in Canada” Wines

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


Study Finds Wine Lowers Risk of Certain Types of Cancer
Wine and Sex Life Link
Fighting Flaws in Wine

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with the latest health news, get expert tips and sign up for our free Wine & Healthy Living e-mail newsletter.

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Tuscan bounty, big Malbecs and elegant Alsace


Cheese - Wisconsin's best


Pairings - Lamb ragù with Chianti Classico


Travel - New York's Hudson Valley in the fall

Cellars / Collections

Private Cellars - A chef's collection

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


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Italy's Good Life - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Crunch time

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube debates which Ridge wine is the best (hint: it's not the red you'd think), questions a report that cork taint is nearly gone and talks about pricing wine so price isn't the focus. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Going to the source
James Suckling - Talking with Château Rayas' owner

Wine Talk

Wine Talk - Author and screenwriter Jim Harrison

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

A REDESIGNED WEB SITE  WineSpectator.com has a fresh new look and improved tools. Here are some of the enhancements that are available to members:

2009 HARVEST BLOGS  Winemakers from key regions in the Northern Hemisphere are sharing their thoughts and experiences during crush.

WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE  As part of your membership, get wine-buying information on the go. Search more than 218,000 reviews, consult our vintage charts or check your Personal Wine Lists. Our mobile site for Internet-enabled smartphones can be accessed at mobile.winespectator.com.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE  Can't join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars? Our full event coverage will bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you, with photos, articles and videos.

HALLOWEEN  Treat yourself this holiday with some sweet wines and indulgent desserts.

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NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO  Tune in each week for a new video. Some recent additions inclide:

  • Navigating Restaurant Wine Service:  Your bottle has arrived and the sommelier is standing over you. Now what? Find out how to handle the situation with Gramercy Tavern's wine director.

  • Crisp Italian Whites:  Let Terredora's winemaker guide you through Campania, home of great value wines from ancient varieties such as Falanghina, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino.

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