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In the Aug. 31, 2011 Issue

Restaurant Awards

The 30th anniversary of Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards program sees five new Grand Award winners join the ranks of the world’s greatest wine lists. A look at how wine service has been transformed in the past three decades, and what lies ahead.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

Time in a Bottle
Evolution - Wine culture in dining rooms in the United States and abroad has advanced markedly since our first Restaurant Awards were given, in 1981. A look at what’s happened, and why.
Six Restaurateurs Reflect on Their Success With Wine
Riding a Wave of Wine - Since 1981, Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards program has recognized outstanding wine lists
Behind the Lists - A slowly improving economy strengthens wine offerings as well as the variety of serving options. Plus, the new Grand Award winners: Five restaurants that have reached the pinnacle of wine
Eleven Madison Park, New York - Rise of a grand wine program in New York
Gilt, New York - A Manhattan cellar worth its weight in gold
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Dallas - A Texas two-step to a second Grand Award
Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster, N.J. - Trading brews for crus in New Jersey
Rekondo, San Sebastián, Spain - A national treasure of Spanish wines

WineSpectator.com: FREE ACCESS: Complete listing details for all award winners are available in our free online Restaurant Search, where you can select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Grand Award Honor Roll
Restaurant Listings

WineSpectator.com: Free access to the complete Dining Guide, with full listings for all award-winning restaurants, is available in our Restaurant Search, which allows you to select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and other criteria. WineSpectator.com members can also post their own personal ratings and share comments about the quality of their experience at these restaurants.


Tasting Reports

California Sauvignon Blanc - New frontiers in terroir add interest for this refreshing Golden State quaffer
FREE: California Sauvignon Blanc Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 170 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.



Historic Seghesio Winery Purchased

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

Deal Watch - Two Champagne brands sold; South Africa's Klein Constantia sold


Harvest Report - Southern Hemisphere roundup

WineSpectator.com: For more details about the 2011 vintage in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America, read our full reports.


Auction Napa Valley Raises $7.3 Million - Weather can’t dampen spirits as vintners celebrate raising $100 million since event’s founding
Lights! Camera! Pour! Video Contest!


Aussie Health Group Says No to Alcohol, Even in Moderation
Something’s Fishy in Canada - New label regulations point out fish product fining agents
Power Yeast - How one species of yeast became wine's best friend

Savvy Shopper

Summer Whites and Hearty Reds


Ethiopian: World’s Best?

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


Flavored Vodkas

Wine Auctions

Wine Spectator’s Bring Your Own Magnum Parties - Wine Spectator’s magnum parties in Napa and Sonoma mark the beginning of auction week
A How-To Guide - Nine strategies to help you raise your paddle with confidence


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Extreme wine lists

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube shares notes on two verticals of Schrader Napa Cabernet, highlights a classic Sonoma County appellation Syrah and finds common ground with a Napa vintner whose hobby is long-distance swimming. Join the conversation.

Matt Kramer - Chilling reds

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

Mark Vetri’s Puntarella Salad With Gavi di Gavi - Chef Marc Vetri, Amis, Philadelphia

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2011 Restaurant Award listings, with nearly 4,000 wine-loving restaurants, are searchable in our free online database.

SOMMELIER TALK Meet the people behind the great wine lists: Find out their favorite pairings and which wines make it into their own cellars.

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.

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

  • Bordeaux Values: How can you find delicious Bordeaux that doesn't break the bank? Join James Molesworth as he shares some of his favorite values from the region.
  • Piedmont Reds and Whites: Learn more about this Italian region and its signature wines, including Barolo, one of the world's great reds, and Arneis, a white brought back from near-extinction.

ASK DR. VINNY Have questions about wine? Our saucy expert addresses everything from the technical aspects of winemaking to the fine points of etiquette.

RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say on the winners in our 2011 Restaurant Awards program. Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite dining spots.

PERSONAL WINE LIST Create shopping lists. Organize your purchases. Track the contents of your cellar. Print shelf tags. Use the PWL to create as many lists as you need, add rated and unrated wines, and get updates on the value of wines in your collection.

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