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In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2011 Issue

Single Malt Scotch

The depth of flavor in these singular Scotches rivals that of fine wine; they are a unique product of a beautiful land. Our in-depth look takes you there to explore what makes single malts special, uncover the history of the whisky-making process and tally the evidence for Scotch terroir. Plus: An exclusive tasting of select single malts.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

A Wine Lover’s Guide to Scotch - Scotch whisky’s evolution from a primitive product to its modern virtuosity has taken centuries, and you can spend a lifetime tasting and exploring the best. Here’s our guide to help you find your way

WineSpectator.com: Want to learn more about other spirits? Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns, and other articles on spirits.

Making Single Malt Whisky - Step-by-step instructions
Mapping the Realm of Scotch - From the Highlands to the Islands, and all that lies between
Savoring the Singles - Our tasting notes on 64 select malts
Scottish Smoked Fish - Rich flavors and melting texture define this signature delicacy


Tasting Reports

Oregon’s Pinot Noir Pinnacle - The stars converged in 2008 to give Willamette Valley vintners the raw materials for excellence
FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing - More than 500 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 VIDEOS: Learn more about Oregon’s wine styles, appellations, personalities and sustainability efforts with our video interviews with key winemakers and tastings with editor at large Harvey Steiman.


Year in Review: 2010 - The wine industry got back on its feet, while consumers bought a diverse array of good value wines

WineSpectator.com: Members can browse complete tastings notes for all wines reviewed in 2010 via our online Wine Ratings Search. To narrow down the list, select Expand Advanced Search and choose additional criteria, such as price, score, region or variety.

Pull-Out Vintage Card - Exclusive ratings for the world’s top regions and varietals in a handy format

WineSpectator.com: More comprehensive vintage charts are available.



Restaurants Innovate to Stay Afloat
Around the Wine World - Washington freeze may reduce 2011 grape crop; Mulderbosch Vineyards sold; turning water into wine

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


2010 Harvest Roundup

WineSpectator.com: Visit our 2010 Vintage Report section for more details and vintage analyses of additional regions.


Sommelier Thomas Carter - Blue Hill at Stone Barns wine director Thomas Carter found his calling in a bottle of Beaucastel
Sixth Annual Carnivale Du Vin - New Orleans gala raises $1.9 million for Emeril Lagasse Foundation


Resveratrol-based Drug Scrapped

Savvy Shopper

Cru Beaujolais, Vibrant Whites and Big Reds


Recipes for Valentine’s Day

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan’s columns, and other articles on chocolate.


The Gaviña Family

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast’s columns, and other articles on coffee.


Must-Sees in San Francisco

WineSpectator.com: Visit our Wine Country Travel section for our editors' picks on wineries, hotels and wine-friendly restaurants in key North American wine regions.

Cellars / Collections

An Entertaining Collection - Lawyer Joel Katz has built a cellar for sharing

WineSpectator.com: Build your cellar through smart bidding. Use our online Auction Price Database to track the performance of more than 12,000 collectible wines, and check the results at the latest major sales with our Auction Highlights.


2010 Article Index

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - The Roots of Pleasure

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube tells you where to look to discover the next Saxum (our 2010 Wine of the Year), examines why wine deals are still in short supply, and challenges the "myth" of old vines. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Palate Perfection

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.)

James Molesworth - Precision in Bordeaux

A Perfect Match

Gary Danko’s Duck Cutlets With California Pinot Noir - Chef Gary Danko, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2010 VINTAGE REPORTS With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator's editors provide an early look at quality in key regions across the Northern Hemisphere. And for on-the-go access to our vintage ratings for regions around the world, download our free iPhone app, VintageChart+.

SUPER BOWL STARS Host a winning party with our great picks for game-day wines to pair with signature snacks from the teams' home states.

VALENTINE'S DAY Sweeten the day with our sure-to-please wine and food matches. Plus, dessert recipes, chocolate recommendations and more.

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

  • Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine: The state's wineries have a reputation for being green. But what does sustainability mean in the vineyard, winery and wine? Get answers from vintners taking part in the new certification program.
  • Discover New Wines With Oz Clarke: Join the witty British wine writer on his enthusiastic exploration of new grapes and emerging regions.

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.

VALUE WINES Check our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Value.

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