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In the March 31, 2013 Issue


With quality variable in the next two Bordeaux vintages to come, the newly arriving 2010s and remaining 2009s represent the best opportunities to procure great wines. The quality is clearly in the bottle.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

Bordeaux 2010: A Classic Vintage - Monumental reds, the ’10s are well-balanced and built for long-term cellaring. They stand in stylistic contrast to the more opulent, forward and fruit-driven 2009s. White wines also excelled, in dry and sweet styles
Top-Rated Left Bank and Right Bank Wines
Top Values and Smart Buys for the Cellar
Alphabetical Listing - Scores for all of the more than 1,000 wines tasted

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Tradition and Innovation at Château Margaux:  How can one of Bordeaux's most storied estates evolve? Join Margaux's dynamic owner, Corinne Mentzelopoulos, as she describes the château's past, present and future.

WineSpectator.com: Master Bordeaux:  Take our online Wine Spectator School course to learn the complexities of this famed French region. Know the important classifications, the collectible wines and the bargains. Taste the difference between wines from key areas, and go behind the scenes at top châteaus. See the course details.


Tasting Reports

California Rhônes’ Savory Allure - New grapes and styles set the tone in a cool 2010 harvest
FREE: California Rhône Alphabetical Listing - More than 600 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.
Four to Watch - Wineries at the forefront of quality

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Meet up with Helen Keplinger in Stagecoach Vineyard, secluded high above Napa Valley, where she has planted a range of the Rhône varieties with which she excels for her eponymous brand.


Bordeaux Reborn - The once-sleepy wine capital awakens with a new culinary and travel landscape
Something New in Bordeaux: Wine Bars


Domaine Tempier’s New Age - Under new leadership, this esteemed Bandol estate is rising to greater heights with its Mourvèdre-based reds



Yquem to Forgo 2012 Sauternes
Wine Spectator’s Worobiec and Wesley Promoted to Senior Editor
Gifting Wine Via Facebook


Wine Grape Origins Traced to Turkey

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


A Big Easy Charity Remembers Sandy’s Victims
Aubert de Villaine Advocates Recognition for Burgundy’s Historic Vineyards - Vintners campaign for UNESCO recognition for Burgundy's 1,248 named vineyards

The Environment

Fracking for Oil in California Wine Country


From Ethiopia to Vietnam, The Ethnic Ties That Bind Coffee Culture

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


Bourbon’s Cutting Edge

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

Wine Auctions

Price Skid Comes to a Halt in the Fourth Quarter

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.


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Bordeaux Values, Piedmont Reds and Lively Whites


James Laube - The latest from Randall Grahm

WineSpectator.com: In his latest blogs, James Laube discovers a decline in cork taint in California wines, plus an increase in New World wineries using twist-offs. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - The perils of tunnel vision

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

Lobster With New World Chardonnay - Chef Mitchell Kaldrovich, Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

MIXED CASE Follow our team of Wine Spectator news and features writers in this new opinion and advice blog, as they share thoughts on current events and wine culture, tips on learning more about wine, conversations with notable people in the wine business and more.

WINE AND FOOD MATCHMAKING In our "8 & $20" series, we show you how eight ingredients and an under-$20 bottle of wine can come together for a restaurant-quality meal. Get a new easy, tasty recipe each month.

DRINKING OUT LOUD Thought-provoking, Web-exclusive essays from the irreverent Matt Kramer, longtime Wine Spectator columnist. Don't miss the lively discussions! (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

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

  • 100-Point Wine Star In the popular Wine Star series at the Wine Experience, Pierre Lurton presented Château d'Yquem 2001, describing the factors that produced this perfect Sauternes.
  • Cooking for Wine—Carmenère and Quinoa Risotto: Flavorful and deep, this delicious dish pairs perfectly with one of Chile's signature varieties. Concha y Toro's Ruth Van Waerebeek shows you how to prepare the risotto.

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