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In the July 31, 2011 Issue

The Wines of Summer

In recent years there has been a subtle shift in Chardonnay styles. It’s not a wholesale change. But more grapes are being picked at lower sugars and higher acidity and from cooler vineyard sites.

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

Cover Story

The Wines of Summer - California Chardonnay, Australian Shiraz and dry rosé are perfect for enjoying with friends and family during the long days of summer. We guide you to the best wines to buy, plus offer three recipes that make easy matches
Rosé Match - Saffron Potato and Summer Squash Tart With Watercress Salad
Shiraz Match - Australian-Style Grilled Hamburgers With Herbed Potatoes
Chardonnay Match - Grilled Yogurt-Marinated Chicken With Barley Salad

WineSpectator.com: Find great value wines for your summer parties with our regularly updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Value by region or grape variety.


Tasting Reports

California Chardonnay’s New Frontier - The 2009 vintage delivers wines with crisp, pure flavors as winemakers refine the styles of America’s favorite white
The Best from Down Under - Shiraz is still the marquee wine from Australia, but Riesling and other varietals are coming on strong
FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 580 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.

Australian Wineries to Watch
Rosé Renaissance - From dry, copper-colored versions to purple-hued, fruit-infused quaffs, we round up the best rosés from France, California and beyond


New York’s New Italians - Four restaurants help define the cutting edge in Manhattan

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Wine Spectator’s 2011 Grand Tour - More than 200 wineries join Wine Spectator’s 2011 Grand Tour



Freeze Hits California’s Central Coast - Paso Robles vineyards suffer frost damage
Paper? Plastic? Haut-Brion? - Some Whole Foods grocery stores are setting up wine and beer tasting counters

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

California Wineries Sold - Buena Vista, Gary Farrell and Sonoma-Loeb find new owners
Red Wine and Bone Strength - An Australian study indicates red wine contributes to better bone health in older men
Global Briefs - Bubbly on the Block; POP Auction; Fit for a Duchess


Canadian Singer Michael Bublé - The singer has teamed with Beringer, but still loves his grandpa’s homemade wine


Healthy Bites - Recent studies suggest dark chocolate can be good for the heart and mind

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


On Ice - A proper drink deserves a proper cube

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge’s columns, and other articles on spirits.

Cellars / Collections

At Home with Winemaker Heather Munden - A California winemaker shares her handmade kitchen


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Australian Bargains, California Reds and Whites


James Laube - Defining terroir

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube reveals that Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's Aubert de Villaine is looking to make Pinot Noir in California and asks readers: If alcohol levels were printed with wine reviews, would it influence your buying decisions? Join the conversation.

Matt Kramer - Keeping it 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

Quinn Hatfield’s Roasted Squab With Brunello - Chef Quinn Hatfield, Hatfield’s, Los Angeles

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2011 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator’s fifth annual video contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the best, and the finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com, where viewers will vote for the winner. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. Find everything—including rules and previous years’ finalists—at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2011.

FREE NEW VINTAGE CHART WEB APP Following up on our iPhone app, Wine Spectator has introduced a new Web version of its VintageChart+ app that’s compatible with most current smartphones—whether they’re powered by Android or feature a BlackBerry keyboard. The VintageChart+ Web App features 54 dynamically updated charts for the world’s major wine regions and grape varieties, so you can compare quality and make smarter decisions when faced with unfamiliar bottles in a restaurant or wineshop. Download it at m.winespectator.com.

FOURTH OF JULY It’s time for backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and beachside bashes. We give you recommendations on fun wines and recipes for outdoor dining.

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

  • Rebuilding a Vineyard in the Rhône: Grapes from steep slopes can make great wines, but working these sites is not easy. Jean-Louis Chave shows what it takes to create a hillside terrace.
  • Old Terroir, New Ideas: Meet three of South Africa’s top vintners—from Hamilton Russell, Rust en Vrede and L’Ormarins—as they explain how their country has evolved to produce world-class wines.

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