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In the Aug 31, 2012 Issue

World's Best Wine Lists

Our comprehensive guide to wine-friendly restaurants spans all 50 states and more than 65 countries around the globe. Whether you’re looking for a neighborhood bistro or a paragon of fine dining, here are the best for wine-drinking pleasure.

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

Grand Award Honor Roll
Generation Change - Fueled by a young demographic that is exploring the food and wine world, restaurants across the country are reporting stronger wine sales
A Voce Columbus - New York
Acquerello - San Francisco
Commander’s Palace - New Orleans
Sierra Mar - Big Sur, Calif.
The List - A complete directory of all 3,795 Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners in the United States and abroad


Tasting Reports

The Wines of Summer - Long days and warm weather invite a cool glass of wine; here are two types that beat the heat
Rosés From Around the World - Led by France, pink wines are better than ever
California’s White Refresher - Sauvignon Blanc makers are refining styles and flavors
FREE: California Sauvignon Blanc Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 180 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.


Auction Napa Valley - With the sun shining, the annual charity event topped 2011’s numbers by almost 6 percent
Wine Spectator's BYO Magnum Parties - Wine Spectator’s Bring Your Own Magnum parties kick off auction week



Vinexpo Asia
American Wine Culture Exhibit

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

In Brief - Ascentia shuts down; Foley Family expands


Boston Sommelier Cat Silirie - Sommelier Cat Silirie admires Old World wines for their reflection of historic terroirs
Barolo’s Aldo Conterno Dies

The Environment

Long Island’s Bid for Sustainability

Savvy Shopper

Spicy Whites, Rich Reds and Rosés


Bolivia's Wild Beans

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


Nicaragua's Eco-Lodges

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


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Working the wine list

WineSpectator.com: In his recent blogs, James Laube shares his early impressions of the 2010 California Pinot Noirs and 2009 Napa Cabernets that he has been tasting. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Remembering Aldo Conterno

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

Sam Hazan’s Seared Scallops with Stone Fruit and Lardo with White Rhône - Executive chef Sam Hazen, Veritas, New York

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.


We've expanded our iPad app with four dozen additional winery, restaurant and hotel recommendations and more than 100 new wine reviews to help you plan the perfect trip to Napa Valley and learn more about its wines. Wine Spectator's 2012 Guide to Napa Valley shares our picks for the best places to visit, plus rich articles, photographs, maps, recipes and reviews of 440 high-scoring Napa wines. It can purchased from the App Store, or by visiting apps.winespectator.com.

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS AND RATINGS Find out which of our Restaurant Award winners you might like best. Rate the dining spots you’ve visited and share your comments in our Restaurant Search. We'll analyze your favorites, compare them against other readers' feedback, and tell you which other restaurants we think you'll enjoy.

WINE SEARCH HELP Not sure how to spell the name of a winery or wine you want to look up in our ratings database? Type in your closest guess based on the sound of the name, and if there are no exact matches, our search tool will provide "Did you mean ... ?" suggestions. If you still can't find it, try our Browse Wineries option to view the full list of names in our Wine Ratings search.

IMPROVED RESTAURANT SEARCH The complete 2012 Restaurant Award listings are searchable in our free online database. Narrow your results by award level, wine pricing or even whether corkage is permitted. Then save your favorites to your Foursquare to-do list.

SOMMELIER TALK Meet the people behind great wine lists: Get pairing advice and find out which wines make it into their own cellars.

2012 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your short to Wine Spectator's annual video contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors select the finalists, and we post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers vote for the winner. The deadline to enter is Aug. 31. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions with championship golfers who make fine wine:

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