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In the Sept. 30, 2011 Issue

French Chefs in America

The origins of modern American cuisine intertwine deeply with French roots. The passion for fine French food in the United States is stronger than ever. A special report on the history, the people and the development of la cuisine Française on this side of the Atlantic. Plus: Exclusive recipes that bring it home, with wine matching advice.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

Mapping France in the United States - Eleven chefs who have made the United States more delicious
Old World, New World - Beginning in the 19th century, the French helped build the foundation for fine dining from sea to shining sea
The King of New York - Daniel Boulud stands atop the world of French cuisine in America

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Learn to braise at home with Daniel Boulud, who demonstrates the technique and shares a recipe for veal shoulder with Riesling. Then get a peek into his restaurant kitchen as he prepares a dish of sea scallops with porcini. Download both recipes and get suggestions for wine pairings.

Destination America: Georges Perrier - Six chefs who set the standard in their adopted country, beginning with Georges Perrier and Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia
Hubert Keller - Fleur de Lys, San Francisco
Jean Joho - Everest, Chicago
George Mavrothalassitis - Chef Mavro, Honolulu
Eric Ripert - Le Bernardin, New York
David Féau - The Royce at The Langham, Pasadena, Calif.
Recipes and Wine Matching - Seven chefs’ recipes and wine matches celebrate traditional dishes and modern innovations

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

Planting the Tricolor - Four culinary stars with U.S. outposts
Alain Ducasse - Adour Alain Ducasse, New York
Pierre Gagnaire - Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, Las Vegas
Joël Robuchon - Joël Robuchon Restaurant, Las Vegas
Guy Savoy - Restaurant Guy Savoy, Las Vegas


Tasting Reports

Racy White Burgundies - The 2008 vintage shines despite challenging conditions, placing the wines as the best young Chardonnays from the region since 2002
FREE: White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 400 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.


Finger Lakes History, California Portraits and Italian Exports



2010 Bordeaux Price Surge

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

Vinexpo’s Pitch to Asia
Deal Watch
Châteaus Show Off New Cellars


Mosel Bridge May Threaten Top Vineyards
Washington Faces Freeze Aftermath
World Wine Crime

Savvy Shopper

Viva Valpolicella, Values from the Cape, and More


Classic Runny Brie

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Sam Gugino's columns and other articles on cheese.


The Best of France

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


Absinthe, Updated

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


Hot Spots in Austin, Texas

Cellars / Collections

Wine & Design - Keeping it simple


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Ageability factors

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube warns of perils of giving birth-year wines as gifts, highlights the benefits and tolls of aging wine and discusses the pleasures of cool-climate Cabernet. WineSpectator.com members can join the conversation.

Matt Kramer - The 10-year rule

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

Bruno Davaillon’s Chicken Liver Salad With Rosé - Chef Bruno Davaillon, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2011 VIDEO CONTEST—CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine videos have been pouring in to Wine Spectator’s fourth annual contest. (Entries accepted until Aug. 31, 2011.) Now you be the judge: Finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com on Sept. 12, and you can vote for your favorite. The first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience, and the top video will be revealed on Sept. 20.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Make your end-of-summer bash a success with our great recipes and picks of highly rated wines to match.

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

  • Rock ’n’ Wine: Queensryche’s Geoff Tate returns to his Washington roots. How is making music like making wine? Find out in our interview with the rock legend.
  • Ancient Traditions, New Wines: Learn about the Judean Hills, one of Israel’s leading regions for wine quality, and the keys to kosher winemaking with Eli Ben-Zaken of Domaine du Castel.

LEARN WINE PAIRING WITH THE EXPERTS To make great matches, take WineSpectator School’s online Wine and Food Pairing course. You’ll learn why many combinations work (and why some don’t). Plus, you can share the enlightening step-by-step tasting with friends. All courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, which costs only $49 per year.

RECIPE SEARCH Inspired to try some new dishes? Find hundreds of delicious recipes on our website, searchable by ingredient, food type and matching wine type.

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