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In the Sept. 30, 2010 Issue

Matching Wine & Food

Matching the foods and wines you love can deliver boundless pleasure if you follow a few basic rules. In this comprehensive package, we bring you expert advice, help with tricky matches, and eight recipes created by top chefs to fill a menu for wine lovers.

FREE Wine Charts:

California Pinot Noir: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Pinot Noirs reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

White Burgundy: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all white Burgundies reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

A Master Guide to Pairing Wine and Food - Basic rules and eight chefs’ recipes for stellar matching
Matching Wine and Food - Understanding the synergy that drives the world’s classic pairings can guide home cooks to wine-and-food matching success

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Get more tips from the winemakers themselves. Rhône vintner Michel Chapoutier discusses which foods make the perfect match with the bold Syrahs from Hermitage. And Aline Baly of Château Coutet shares some of her favorite (and unexpected) pairings with the luscious sweet wines of Sauternes.

Dishes Tailor-Made for Wine Lovers: Goat Cheese Salad - Eight recipes that coax the best from the bottle, starting with one from chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse
Pork Tenderloin - Chef Nathan Uy, Wild Ginger
Lobster Thermidor - Chef Jasper White, Summer Shack
Salmon Tournedos - Chef Thierry Rautureau, Rover's
Spaghetti With Tomato Sauce - Chef Scott Conant, Scarpetta
Roast Chicken With Bread Salad - Chef Judy Rodgers, Zuni Café
Grilled Strip Steak - Chef Michael Lomonaco, Porter House
Tarte Tatin - Chef David Myers, Comme Ça

WineSpectator.com: Find hundreds more wine-friendly recipes, with suggested wine matches, in our online Recipe Search.


Tasting Reports

California Pinot Noir’s Pleasant Surprise - On the heels of the extraordinary 2007 vintage, winemakers rise to the challenge of a tough 2008 to release a spate of appealing wines. How they did it, plus profiles of three leading producers
FREE: California Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 550 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.

White Burgundy - The 2007 and 2008 vintages offer plenty of character and high quality, though in different styles. Prices are high for the prestige bottles, while Chablis and Mâcon provide relief for value seekers.
FREE: White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 600 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.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Chablis 101 - Learn about the fresh whites of this Burgundy region with vintner Laurent Drouhin of Drouhin Vaudon and Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson.


Zinfandel Grand Masters - Napa’s Biale family honors tradition and succeeds with some of California’s oldest vines



The 2009 Bordeaux Futures Frenzy

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

Going Down Under
M. Shanken Buys Malt Advocate, WhiskyFest
Wine Deals - Foley buys Chalk Hill and Maison Champy buys Domaine Lafleure-Piot


Winemakers dig out in British Columbia - Mudslide buries Okanagan vines
In Memoriam - Remembering Douglas Murray and Stanley Wagner
Wide World of Wine - Bordeaux and beef; Wine in vending machines


Soccer Stars and Wine
Sommelier Tips

Savvy Shopper

Spicy Reds, Loire Whites and Italian Stallions


The Art of Affinage


Wine and Food Destinations on Long Island’s North Fork

Cellars / Collections

Are the ’09 Bordeaux worth it?

WineSpectator.com: Prepare for the fall auctions. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 12,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database.

Another Banner Year of Fundraising for Central Coast Wine Classic


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

Matching Wine and Food - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Farewell to Bordeaux

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube recommends a cure for Bordeaux fever the more affordable 2007 Napa Cabernets and discusses the consistency of Marcassin wines rated at different stages of development. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - It's not that simple

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.)

A Perfect Match

Sommelier François Chartier’s Anise-Scented Lamb Osso Buco - Sommelier François Chartier author of Taste Buds and Molecules

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

FREE WINE COURSES The best value in wine today … is a wine course. Wine Spectator School courses are now free with a WineSpectator.com membership, which costs only $49 per year. Take one online course or all 10, from ABCs to in-depth explorations of Bordeaux and Tuscany to Sensory Evaluation. Whether you are new to wine or have collected for years, your course is waiting for you.

RECIPE SEARCH Inspired to try some new dishes? Find hundreds of delicious recipes on our website, searchable by ingredient, food type and matching wine type.

RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say on the winners in our 2010 Restaurant Award program. Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite dining spots and their wine lists.

GLOSSARY WITH AUDIO PRONUNCIATIONS Confused by an unfamiliar term on a wine label or in a tasting note? Don't know how to pronounce a certain word? Get help from the expanded online glossary in our Learn About Wine section.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Say farewell to summer with a group of friends, great recipes and our picks of highly rated wines to please the crowd.

2010 VIDEO CONTEST-CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine videos have been pouring in for Wine Spectator's fourth annual contest. (Entries accepted until Aug. 31.) Now, you be the judge. The finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com on Sept. 13, and you can vote for your favorite. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 21, and the first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience! Find all the details at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2010.

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

  • Single Vineyard or Blend? Two Hands makes some of Australia's best Shiraz. Meet co-owner Michael Twelftree as he explains the distinctive characters of a single-vineyard bottling and a blend.

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