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In the Jan. 31, 2012 - Feb. 29, 2012 Issue

American Whiskey

American whiskey—Bourbon and its cousins rye whiskey and Tennessee whiskey—has returned in strength from a long exile. It’s a rags-to-riches and all-the-way-around-again story.

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

Cover Story

Bourbon and Beyond - From its frontier roots in 18th-century Pennsylvania, American whiskey has grown to encompass a variety of styles and flavors. How whiskey became part of American culture, and where it’s headed
From Grain to Bottle - How whiskey is made
Whiskey Heartland - Touring the distilleries in beautiful bluegrass country is a delight for the senses
Tasting the Best - Notes on 34 select Bourbons, ryes and other whiskeys
Cocktails - Five classic recipes, and their modern interpretations

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of articles on whiskey and other spirits.


Tasting Reports

Oregon Pinot Noir - Vintners have succeeded with a variety of styles in recent vintages, from ultradelicate to thick and rich
FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: 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 about Oregon's appellations, Pinot Noir styles and sustainable winegrowing practices with Harvey Steiman and some of the state's leading winemakers.


Pomerol Precision - At Vieux Château Certan, Alexandre Thienpont hones one of Bordeaux’s greatest reds


Pull-Out Vintage Card - Wine Spectator’s exclusive ratings for 40 top regions and varietals. Plus: An overview of how vintage ratings are made

WineSpectator.com: More comprehensive vintage charts are available.

Year in Review: 2011 - Wine sales are growing, along with prices and quality

WineSpectator.com: Members can browse complete tasting notes for all wines reviewed in 2011 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.



Fighting Fake Bordeaux - Copyright issues cause headaches in the Chinese wine market
Robert Lawrence Balzer: 1912-2011 - A pioneer in American wine writing
Business Briefs - Costco wins vote, Boisset bets on the south of France …and Monterey

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


Harvest 2011 Vintage Report

WineSpectator.com: Visit our 2011 Vintage Report section for more details and vintage analyses of additional regions.


The New Owners of Robert Mondavi’s House - Couple purchases home for less than $13.9 million asking price; deal increases Napa presence
A New Orleans Weekend of Brass, Bidding and Great Wine


Red Wine’s Metabolic Power
Brettanomyces Decoded
Wine Findings: Light Drinking Lowers Risk of Some Cancers


Two Easy-To-Make Recipes for Valentine’s Day - Two delicious recipes to impress this Valentine's Day, with wines to match

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

Wine Auctions

Burgundy's Bounce - Move over Bordeaux: Burgundy steals the show in Asia

WineSpectator.com: Research before you buy or sell at auction. Website members can check the latest auction highlights and track prices for more than 10,000 collectible wines in our Auction Price Database.

Vintage Posters at Auction

Cellars / Collections

Joachim Splichal’s L.A. Retreat - Los Angeles–based chef has created a casual oasis for entertaining


2011 Article Index

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

German Riesling and Syrah Values


Kim Marcus - Port on a roll
James Laube - Buying strategies

WineSpectator.com: In his recent blogs, James Laube tastes a complete vertical of Kosta Browne Pinot Noirs, discusses the benefits of blind tasting, opposes wax capsules and asks: Who is the most powerful person in wine? Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Wine certainties

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

Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Bobby Stuckey’s Roasted Pork Rack With Schioppettino - Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and General Manager Bobby Stuckey, Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colo.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2011 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 app for iPhone, VintageChart+.

SUPER BOWL STARS Score big at your game-day party with our top-value wine picks to pair with fun and adventurous foods to entertain all your Super Bowl Sunday guests.

VALENTINE'S DAY Set the mood for romance with sedutive wines, sweet treats and dinner recipes that are sure to impress. Plus, chocolate recommendations, restaurants with great wine lists and more.

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

  • Shafer Hillside Select: This iconic Napa Cabernet got its start when John Shafer bought a neglected vineyard in the 1970s. His son, Doug Shafer, tells the story of the wine’s journey.
  • Comparing Cool-Climate Reds: What difference does a few degrees make? José Manuel Ortega Gil-Fournier discusses the impact in three regions where O. Fournier makes wine: Uco Valley in Argentina, Maule Valley in Chile and Ribera del Duero in Spain.

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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