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In the Oct. 31, 2010 Issue

Exploring Italy

Distinctive wines, delicious cuisines and idyllic settings are among the allures of this sensuous land. In this issue, we bring you a sampling of its many delights, from the powerful Sangiovese-based reds of Tuscany to a gustatory Alpine retreat and beyond.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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Exploring Italy
Mountain Splendor - High in the Dolomites, Merano offers a unique blend of wining and dining amid a breathtaking landscape

WineSpectator.com: Planning a North American wine-country vacation? Get advice on which wineries, hotels and restaurants to visit in 17 major wine regions, in our Wine Country Travel tours.

Tuscany Scores Twice - Italy’s most popular red wine region has solid successes in 2006 and 2007, with excellent Chiantis and international blends from Bolgheri and Maremma
FREE: Tucscany Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 1,100 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.

Bringing Italy to California - Napa Valley chef Michael Chiarello creates a menu based on the flavors of Italy

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

The Lion of Bussia - Drawing inspiration from time spent in the United States, Aldo Conterno helped bring modernity to Barolo and has made stunning wines ever since



Château China - A French-style château rises from the countryside northeast of Beijing, and with it, hopes for a growing wine culture
Finding Terroir - How a Bordeaux-trained winemaker is sifting the soil in arid western China
Sparkling Evolution - Roederer Estate, one of California’s best bubbly makers, is taking it one step at a time in a bid to improve quality



Is There a Future for Bordeaux’s Little Guys?
Business Briefs - A place for Pinot; Spain freezes over
When Vintage Matters, Wine Spectator Has an App
Lighting Trends In Restaurants - How restaurateurs are putting emphasis on the visual enjoyment of wine


Australia’s Barossa Valley Faces Hard Times

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


Devo Frontman Jerry Casale - Gerald Casale cultivated his love for wine while touring

Savvy Shopper

Value Reds from the Rhône, Aromatic Whites, Tuscan Treasures and Wines from the Northwest


Understanding Cold Brews

Things We Like

Inside El Bulli
Clean Like a Chef
Emeril’s Steaks at Home

Wine Auctions

Sun Valley Center Auction Shines in 2010

Cellars / Collections

Sharing a Wealth of Wine


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Stay thirsty, be happy

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube shares updates from his latest tastings and visits with winemakers, and he discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - After the Golden Age

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

Dungeness Crab and Sauvignon Blanc - Chef Mark Dommen, One Market Restaurant, San Francisco

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW VINTAGE CHART APP Need help making smarter decisions when faced with unfamiliar bottles? Now you can have authoritative information on vintage quality in the palm of your hand with Wine Spectator's new iPhone application called VintageChart+. Our editors analyze vintage quality for 54 different regions and varietals around the world, providing ratings, recommended drink windows and descriptions of the wines' character. The app also includes in-depth harvest reports for recent vintages, Google Maps of wine regions and a live news feed. VintageChart+ is the first in a suite of Wine Spectator apps in development. Find more information and a link to the free download at apps.winespectator.com.

HARVEST 2010 Find out what crush is really like behind the scenes in our winemaker interviews. Get updates on how harvest is progressing in key regions across the Northern Hemisphere. And don't miss winemakers' recipes for hearty harvest season meals to please a crowd.

HALLOWEEN TREATS AND TIPS Celebrate the holiday the adult way, with sweet wines and sophisticated desserts.

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

  • Luscious Pairings: When it comes to sweet wines, don't limit yourself to dessert. Aline Baly of Château Coutet introduces you to some unexpected matches for the great wines of Sauternes and Barsac.
  • Video contest winners: Our readers picked their favorites from the finalists in Wine Spectator's fourth annual wine video contest. Watch them on our site, and see who won the grand prize of tickets to this year's Wine Experience.

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