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In the Jan. 31, 2010 - Feb. 28, 2010 Issue

Wine Prices Are Falling

Wineries, retailers and restaurants are trying a variety of tactics to keep selling during the hard times. Some wineries are offering second labels or cheaper wines. Other wineries, worried about damaging their brand image, are quietly selling a third or more of their wine to bulk producers, who are happily putting better fruit in their wines while keeping prices low.

FREE Wine Charts:

2009 Values PDF: More than 1,200 wines that earned at least 88 points and cost $20 or less per bottle.

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

1999 Brunello di Montalcino Retrospective: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 1999 Brunello di Montalcino wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

A Buyer’s Market - For the first time in decades the price of wine is heading down, as the recession shakes up the wine industry. From Internet clearinghouses to three-star restaurants, bargains are plentiful
The Value Diaries - Our senior editors give inside tips on finding value, and recommend examples from around the world

WineSpectator.com: Check the What We're Drinking Now section of our website for more wine picks from our senior editors and tasters.

WineSpectator.com: Visit our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Value.

Making Discoveries, Seeking Advice
Wines for Chilling and Grilling
Learning to Love Grenache
Hearty Reds, Racy Whites
Reds and Whites, But Green All Over
Mining Elegance and Minerality
Delicate Flowers and Big Boppers
Fresh Whites From Northeast Italy
The Year in Wine: 2009 - A review of all new releases tasted last year. What’s behind the numbers, plus statistical analysis by region and varietal

WineSpectator.com: Members can browse complete tastings notes for all wines reviewed in 2009 via our online Wine Ratings Search. To narrow down the list, select Expand Advanced Search and choose additional criteria, such as price, score or region.

WineSpectator.com: Vintage Charts: Get comprehensive vintage charts or our printable wallet-size vintage card.


Newspaper Wine Clubs - The recent explosion in offerings by The New York Times and other media heavyweights raises questions about quality and transparency
How Good Are These Wines? - In blind tastings, wine clubs deliver some value, little excitement

Tasting Reports

Oregon’s Stellar Vintage - 2008 promises high quality. In the meantime, enjoy the robust ’06s and delicate ’07s

WineSpectator.com: More than 300 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings search.

FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing
In-Depth with Josh Bergström - Inside Oregon Pinot Noir
The Cutting Edge - 10 emerging producers


All About Port - Dr. Vinny provides answers to your questions about these magnificent fortified wines



Diageo Dumps Bordeaux - Big Bordeaux importer calls it quits

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


2009 Vintage Report - 2009 harvest reports

WineSpectator.com: The complete Vintage Report Card is available, including more details and analyses of additional regions.

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Douro reds and cool Riesling


Pairings to Fall in Love With - Matchmaking with wine


Rare Whiskies, Rarified Prices - Superpremium Scotch


New Digs, Dining for Oregon Visitors - Oregon’s Willamette Valley


1999 Brunello Comes of Age - A recent tasting of this exceptional vintage reveals opulent, powerful reds

WineSpectator.com: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 1999 Brunello di Montalcino wines reviewed for this retrospective tasting. Members: View full tasting notes for all the wines and save your favorites to your Personal Wine List.

FREE: 1999 Brunello di Montalcino Retrospective

Cellars / Collections

Just Like Starting Over - From the ashes


2009 Article Index

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - A food fight over wine

WineSpectator.com: In recent blog posts, James Laube revisits the debate over high-alcohol wines and discovers that it's not so rare to find a wine below 12 percent alcohol after all.

Matt Kramer - The world’s most honest wine
James Molesworth - Defending minerality

Wine Talk

AIG President and CEO Robert Benmosche

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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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.

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MATT KRAMER ONLINE Web exclusives from Wine Spectator's longtime columnist. Don't miss the lively discussions! (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

2009 VINTAGE REPORT CARD With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator's editors provide an early look at potential quality in key regions across the Northern Hemisphere.

SUPER BOWL STARS Host a winning party with our great picks for game-day wines and food.

VALENTINE'S DAY: Romance your sweetheart with our surefire tips on great recipes, desserts and wine matches.

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