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In the Oct. 31, 2012 Issue

Exploring Italy

Great wines, delicious cuisine, fascinating personalities and an idyllic countryside. Italy provides a world of pleasures to be enjoyed. In this issue, we show you how to experience some of the best that this romantic land offers.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Master of Brunello - Franco Biondi Santi preserves the traditions of Brunello’s historic Il Greppo estate amid a tide of change. And the wines have never been better
Tasting Biondi-Santi Riservas
Tuscany’s Advantage - From Bolgheri and Maremma on the coast to Chianti Classico inland, distinctive wines abound, with 2007 Brunellos leading the way
Tuscany Alphabetical Listing - More than 830 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.
Sardinian Splendor - Mediterranean beaches, luxurious hotels and fresh seafood are a winning combination on this enchanted island
Riches of the Veneto - This northern region offers plenty of room for wine-drinking exploration, highlighted by supple Soaves and powerful Amarones
Veneto Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 300 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: Dense, concentrated and ageworthy, Amarone is one of the world's great wines. Learn the key grapes, along with the styles of regional and single-vineyard wines, as Alison Napjus is joined by Pierangelo Tommasi.



America’s Italian Maestro - Piero Selvaggio of Valentino celebrates 40 years of introducing Americans to the joys of Italian food and wine

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Enduring Traditions - The Pedroncellis of Sonoma put family first and consistently produce some of California’s best values



Crushpad Sold, and Clients Are Told to Ante Up

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

Canada Slowly Opens Doors to Direct Shipping
Changes Bring Success in Sun Valley


Houston Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander - Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander owns a vineyard on Long Island

The Environment

Sustainable Restaurants
Backyard Grapegrowing - Book Review: A Guide to DIY Organic


Virginia’s Meadow Creek Dairy

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


The Meadow - A retail store where chocolate is aged

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

Cellars / Collections

Los Angeles Chef Sang Yoon Styles His Personal Kitchen - Los Angeles chef opts for no-fuss cooking and high-impact Champagne in his personal kitchen


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Rhône Values, Tuscan Reds, Rich Whites


James Laube - Pinot Noir’s siren song

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Forget what you know

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

Michael Shrader’s Porchetta With a Sicilian Red - Chef Michael Shrader, Urban Union, Chicago

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW OPINION AND ADVICE BLOG Follow our team of Wine Spectator news and features writers via the Mixed Case blog, where they share thoughts on current events and wine culture, tips on learning more about wine, favorite dining spots, notes from their travels, conversations with notable people in the wine business and more.

NEW WORLD WINE EXPERIENCE Join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars in Los Angeles. Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 18-20, will bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos. Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed.

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

  • Port Perfection-Quinta do Noval Nacional: Learn about one of the world's exceptional benchmark wines. The 1994 Nacional earned a perfect 100-point score, and managing director Christian Seely poured it for guests of the 2011 Wine Experience.
  • Madeira-Tasting History with Blandy's: Madeira's rich, nutty taste comes from an unusual process that involves heating the wine. Join Chris Blandy to learn about this long-lived wine's origins, grapes, styles and winemaking methods.

TUSCANY IN-DEPTH Take Wine Spectator School's online seminar to understand both the classic-style and the new-wave wines of top Tuscan producers in prestigious regions such as Chianti Classico, Bolgheri and Montalcino. This and nine other fun and informative courses are available to you free with a Wine Spectator.com membership, only $49 per year.

ADVANCE RATINGS Get the early scoop on the best values and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings with these upto- the-minute publications.

  • 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. News, opinions and advice, online.

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