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In the Aug. 31, 2010 Issue

Restaurant Wine List Awards

This year many high-end restaurants expanded their wine programs. Asia led the way, fueled by a fast-growing economy. U.S. restaurants that had the resources were able to take advantage of weak wine markets to buy collectibles at deep discounts.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

The World’s Best Wine Lists - If you have a thirst for first-growth Bordeaux in Hong Kong, grand cru red Burgundy in San Francisco or aged California Cabernet in Houston, we have the roadmap for your wining and dining pleasure in those cities and in more than 3,700 restaurants around the globe. Let our 2010 Restaurant Awards be your guide.

WineSpectator.com: FREE ACCESS: 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.

Grand Award Honor Roll
The Magnificent Seven - Our new Grand Award winners are a trans-Pacific celebration of wine, with a Texas twist and a sure bet on the Strip
Alex, Las Vegas - A new headliner on the Las Vegas strip
Don Alfonso 1890, Macao - An embarassment of wine riches in Macao
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Hong Kong - A temple to Bordeaux rises in Hong Kong
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Houston - A Texas-sized wine list in Houston, aged in-house
RN74, San Francisco - A thousand Burgundies, by way of San Francisco
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney - Pristine provenance uplifts a cellar in Sydney
Spago, Beverly Hills - A Los Angeles icon adds a winning wine list
Restaurant Listings - Information on our Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners in the United States and 60 other countries

WineSpectator.com: Free access to the complete Dining Guide, with full listings for all 3,743 award-winning restaurants, is available in our Restaurant Search which also allows you to select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and other criteria. 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 - Sonoma winemaker Merry Edwards continues to set the bar for this refreshing and flavorful white
FREE: California Sauvignon Blanc Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 130 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.


Outsized Success - How Palm Bay CEO David Taub built an empire of wine, from Cavit to Cornas



Battle Over Direct Shipping Heats Up - Congressional support grows for bill threatening direct shipping of wine
Drill, Finger Lakes, Drill? - Gas drilling nears the Finger Lakes

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

Gulf Coast Chefs Wrestle With Spill
Wine Briefs


The New Adventures of Steve Case - Steve Case’s post-AOL pursuits

Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper - Sauvignon Blanc and full-flavored reds


A Source for Great Coffee - Fine restaurant beans, brought home


A Fresh Look at Summer - Summer cocktails

Things We Like

HOT SPOT: Julian Serrano: Spain in the Desert - Restaurant Julian Serrano
Ice, Ice Baby - Ice wine syrup
Home Rotisserie - Cooking rotisserie-style comfortably and neatly at home

Wine Auctions

Auction Napa Valley Raises $8.5 Million - Auction Napa Valley and our BYOM parties
Tinseltown Charity Auction Bests Total From 2009


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - A lose-lose proposition

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube shares how he got his job at Wine Spectator in the two days that changed his life and describes his on-the-job training to become a wine journalist. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Syrah: I was wrong

WineSpectator.com: Don't miss Matt Kramer's web-exclusive essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

Harvey Steiman - 2009 Oregon Pinot Noir

A Perfect Match

Chef Cesare Casella’s Zucchini Matuffi - Chef Cesare Casella, Salumeria Rosi, New York

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2010 Restaurant Awards listings, featuring the more than 3,700 restaurants whose wine lists earned the nod this year, is searchable in our free online database.

SOMMELIER TALKS Meet the people behind the great wine lists: Discover their favorite pairings and which wines make it into their own cellars.

2010 VIDEO CONTEST-CALL FOR ENTRIES Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's fourth annual video contest and you could win great prizes, including a pair of passes to the weekend-long 2010 Wine Experience. We are 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 will pick the winner. The deadline for entries is Aug. 31. You can find complete rules-along with previous years' finalists-at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2010.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Real Men Drink Pink: Editors Kim Marcus and James Molesworth compare crisp, refreshing rosés from Provence and Tavel.
  • Château Margaux Tasting: Join technical director Paul Pontallier in the tasting room as he describes two of the Bordeaux first-growth's reds from the 2006 vintage.
  • Carbon-Neutral Challenge: A group of Oregon wineries is trying to reduce its carbon footprint. Tony Soter and Alison Sokol Blosser explain the new program.

RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say about the winners in our 2010 Restaurant Awards program. The Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite spots.

VINTAGE CHARTS Faced with an unfamiliar wine? Or trying to figure out which wines in your cellar should be drinking well now? Consult our regularly updated charts, which rate vintages from 30-plus regions based on tastings of as many as hundreds of wines from each. Our charts include scores, descriptions of the wines' character and recommendations on when to drink them. Also available on Wine Spectator Mobile.

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