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In the Sept. 30, 2012 Issue

All About Beef: A Comprehensive Guide

From backyard grills to world-class steak houses, the hunger for high-quality beef is growing. As are the options: Corn- or grass-fed? Wet- or dry-aged? Learn how to make the best choices for your dining enjoyment, from cuts to cooking techniques, in our special report.

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.

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

Cover Story

Top Chefs’ Recipes - Burgers, steaks and beyond, with wines to match
Emeril Lagasse - Home-Ground Burgers
Jean-Georges Vongerichten - Glazed Short Ribs
Lidia Bastianich - Manzo in Squazet
Bradley Ogden - New York Strip Roast
John Folse and Rick Tramonto - Tomahawk Rib Steak

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

Beef Primer - The inside story on where it comes from and what makes the best. Plus, we explain terminology, aging and special breeds
The Best Cuts - What to buy and how to prepare it
Steak House Stars - The leading chains for wining and dining pleasure, and their specialties

WineSpectator.com: Search our complete 2012 Restaurant Wine List Award listings, with nearly 3,800 wine-loving dining spots, in our free database. Narrow down your results by award level, wine pricing and whether corkage is permitted. Then save your favorites to your Foursquare to-do list. Website members can post ratings and get personalized recommendations for other award winners they might like.


Tasting Reports

White Burgundy - The 2009 vintage offers plush wines with plenty of up-front appeal
White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 620 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 VIDEO: Anne-Claude Leflaive manages what may be Burgundy's greatest estate for white wines. Also an ardent proponent of biodynamics, she shares her experience at Domaine Leflaive with senior editor Bruce Sanderson.

California Pinot Noir - The frontiers of quality continue to expand with recent vintages offering a treasure trove of delicious bottlings
California Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 625 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.

Three to Watch - These California wineries have recently set their sights on Pinot Noir, the state’s fastest-rising red. Shifting gears is often difficult in wine, yet this trio shows how deftly it can be done

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: One of California's top winemakers, Paul Hobbs is known for his brilliant Napa Cabernets, luscious Sonoma Chardonnays—and Pinot Noir from both regions. Hobbs presented his 2008 Russian River Valley Pinot—No. 6 in the Top 10 Wines of 2010—at Wine Spectator's Wine Experience.


New York’s Asian Fusion - Three restaurants highlight Eastern cuisine and Western wine


Americans in Burgundy - The famed region hosts a variety of expatriates who are making their mark



Burgundy Producer Battles Fraud Accusations

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

Crushpad Squeezed by Financial Difficulties


Harvest Report - The 2012 Vintage: Southern Hemisphere


Skier Tommy Moe - Olympic skier Tommy Moe enjoys sipping wine in extreme conditions
Hollywood’s Culinary Evening Sets Record


Low-fat, High-flavor - You can lose the butterfat without sacrificing flavor

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


The Bar Librarian

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

Wine Auctions

Second-quarter analysis - Despite overall price decline in second-quarter 2012, U.S. bests Hong Kong in sales volume

Cellars / Collections

Sweet Home, Alabama - A California chef builds a kitchen and life less ordinary in small-town Alabama


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

European Reds, Tangy Whites and a Bevy of Pinot Noirs


James Laube - New Krug Cabernet hits pay dirt

WineSpectator.com: In his recent blogs, James Laube reports that the newly released 2007 vintage of Heitz Martha's Vineyard is the best bottling in decades and fills readers in on the new Howell Mountain Cabernet from Napa's Peter Mondavi family, a stylistic departure from their Charles Krug wines. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Everybody’s got a gripe

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

Bruce and Eric Bromberg’s Northern Fried Chicken With California Syrah - Chefs Bruce and Eric Bromberg, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2012 VIDEO CONTEST—CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine videos have been pouring in to Wine Spectator's sixth annual contest. (Entries accepted until Aug. 31.) Now you be the judge: Finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com on Sept. 10, and you can vote for your favorite. The first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 18.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Don't sweat your holiday weekend party; try an easy new recipe, paired with highly rated wines sure to please a crowd.

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

  • Barossa's New Groove: Many Australian reds have a reputation for being overripe and high in alcohol. Learn why Barossa is suited to making more balanced wines with Chateau Tanunda's John Geber, a leading advocate for a restrained style.
  • Château Palmer's Classic Margaux Style: What shapes the character of this third-growth Bordeaux estate's wines? The poor soils of the Margaux appellation and a large proportion of Merlot, explains Bernard de Laage.

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