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In the Oct. 15, 2010 Issue

Wine Values

Wine lovers continue to buy cautiously and are interested in good value more than ever, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by WineSpectator.com. Spending patterns have stabilized since last year's dramatic decline in the wake of the 2008 financial panic and ensuing recession, but value wines are still at the top of most wine buyers' shopping lists. This issue's cover story reveals where Wine Spectator's readers turn to first for great values, as well as how much they are spending and how their buying habits have changed over the past year.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

Values to Enjoy - 200 wines from around the world that offer impressive quality-to-price ratios. Plus, the surprising results of our online poll that asked which regions you most want to learn more about in terms of values

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; Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values in their region.

Top Values From Bordeaux
Top Values From California’s Central Coast
Top Values From Spain
Top Values From Around the World


Tasting Reports

Spain - The world’s largest vineyard nation grows a variety of well-priced wines, led by elegant Riojas, robust Ribera del Dueros and powerful Priorats
FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 685 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: Learn about Spain’s great Tempranillo grape and its distinctive expression in the red wines of Ribera del Duero with José Manuel Ortega Fournier, founder of O. Fournier.


Romano Dal Forno - The master of Valpolicella takes quality, and prices, to new heights
Alois Lageder - For three decades, this Alto Adige vintner has been been at the forefront of innovation while respecting tradition

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Hear from Alois Lageder himself about how he combines tradition and innovation to make outstanding wines in Alto Adige, plus learn about the region's unsung red, Lagrein.


Transforming Tempranillo - A trio of winemakers from the García family is helping remake Ribera del Duero and influencing progress throughout Spain
Northeast Italy - This beautiful region, where whites are the stars and powerful reds can be made, offers a diversity of wines from both local and international grapes



Restaurants Tap iPad for Wine Lists

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


Extra-Virgin May Not Be, After All - Olive oil's slippery slope
Wine Spectator School - Educate your palate
World Briefs - Sunken treasure; DRC dénouement


In Memoriam - Food Arts founder Michael Batterberry - Magazine’s editor-in-chief and publisher helped shape the growth of America’s food, restaurant and hospitality culture
Mandolin Virtuoso Chris Thile - The Grammy-winning Punch Brothers singer and songwriter has strummed for Vintage Port
NewsMakers - Graham Beck dies; Evening Land hires Larry Stone; Chelsea Clinton’s wedding wines

Savvy Shopper

Bargain French Reds and Rockin’ Rieslings


California’s Gary Guittard


Scotch Origins

Wine Auctions

Prices Continue to Rebound in 1st Half of 2010 - 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.


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - On the matter of Syrah

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube reports that many Napa Cabernet vintners are calling 2008 even better than the stellar 2007 vintage, debates why California Syrah isn't more popular and shares a story about bluffing a label drinker. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - The biggest mistakes

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

Chef Julian Serrano’s Huevos Estrellados - Chef Julian Serrano, Julian Serrano, Las Vegas

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

LEARN WINE FROM THE EXPERTS The best value in wine today … is a wine course! Wine Spectator School courses are now free with a WineSpectator.com membership. Take one online course or benefit from all 10, from ABCs to in-depth explorations of Food Pairing and Sensory Evaluation to regional seminars on Bordeaux, California Cabernet and Tuscany. There are also two professional courses that include wine sales and service topics. All courses include worksheets, quizzes, videos and step-by-step tastings that you can share with friends. Whether you're new to wine or a longtime collector, your course is ready to start when you are, at www.winespectator.com/school.

VALUE WINES BONANZA Browse our exclusive, frequently updated lists of the world's top wine values, top value producers and easy-to-find wines.

FALL WINERY TOURS Heading to wine country during harvest? Be sure to check out our editors' tips on where to stay, eat and visit in North America's great wine regions.

KOSHER TIPS FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYS Get our editors' picks of recently rated, high-scoring kosher wines from around the world, plus a fresh new recipe and travel tips on wineries to visit in Israel.

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

  • Refreshing Australia: Editor at large Harvey Steiman debunks the myth that all Australian wines are big, rich fruit bombs as he tastes two wines that represent lighter, defter styles.
  • Video Contest Finalists: Find out which entries made the cut in Wine Spectator's fourth annual wine video competition, and who won the viewers' top vote to earn the grand prize! Finalists will be posted Sept. 13; the winner will be revealed Sept. 21.

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