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In the Aug. 31, 2013 Issue

Restaurant Awards

The world's best wine lists are featured in this annual issue, which presents the winners of our Restaurant Awards program. Spanning all 50 states and more than 75 countries, these are the wine-savvy addresses to look for, whether you are close to home or overseas.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Grand Award Honor Roll
A New Era Arrives - A growing number of restaurants are expanding their wine selections beyond the familiar regions, with little-known or hard-to-find varietals, appellations and producers sharing the spotlight with the classics
New Grand Award Winner: La Ciau del Tornavento - Treiso, Italy
New Grand Award Winner: Per Se - New York
New Grand Award Winner: The Royal Mail Hotel - Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia
New Grand Award Winner: The Village Pub - Woodside, Calif.
Restaurant Guide - Free access to the complete Dining Guide, with full listings for all award-winning restaurants, is available in our Restaurant Search, which allows you to select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and other criteria. WineSpectator.com members can also post their own personal ratings and share comments about the quality of their experience at these restaurants.


Tasting Reports

Australia on the Move - A growing diversity of wines offers plenty of room for exploration from recent vintages
FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing - More than 630 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: Watch new clips with notable winemakers from Down Under. Peter Gago of Penfolds talks about his iconic Shiraz while Michael Hill Smith of Shaw & Smith in Adelaide Hills describes Australia's cool-climate styles.

California’s New-Wave Whites - The aromatic white category—led by Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris—is gaining ground in the Golden State
FREE: California Whites Alphabetical Listing - More than 510 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.



Christie's Pulls Suspect Burgundy from Auction

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

Top Los Angeles Wine Retailer Changes Hands
Pesticide Study
Feds OK Nutritional Wine Labeling


Southern Hemisphere Harvest Report - Ready to taste the first wines of 2013? While grapes are growing plump in Europe and North America, the Southern Hemisphere has picked, crushed and fermented this year’s crop. Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming vintage.

WineSpectator.com: For a more in-depth look at vintage quality in South America, with eyewitness reports from growers and winemakers.

Wine Spectator BYO Magnum Parties - Wine Spectator hosts a who’s who of Napa and Sonoma to kick off auction week
Auction Napa Valley

Savvy Shopper

French Values, Aussie Shiraz and Spanish Reds


Summer Servings

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


Barcelona’s Best Wine Bars

Cellars / Collections

Chefs Nancy Oakes and Bruce Aidells' Home Kitchen - Bay Area chefs Nancy Oakes and Bruce Aidells collaborated on their dream kitchen
John and Gail Eyler - John and Gail Eyler’s collection has taken decades to build


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Remembering André Tchelistcheff

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 - The summer sommelier

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.)

Kim Marcus - Provence rosés on the rise

A Perfect Match

Scott Crawford’s Stuffed Butternut Squash With Vouvray - Chef Scott Crawford, Herons, Cary, N.C.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE We've upgraded our mobile-friendly website for use on all smartphones and tablets, including Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows devices. Search our entire database of wine reviews, with scores, tasting notes, drink windows, release prices and auction prices. Add Wine Spectator–reviewed wines to your Personal Wine List, view your cellar inventory and your own tasting notes, browse our Top 100 lists back to 1988—all this is included in a WineSpectator.com membership. Plus, free for everyone: Get the latest wine-world news and consult more than 50 vintage charts for key regions and grapes around the globe.

WINE RATING SEARCH HELP Save time and typing with our handy new auto-suggest function, on both WineSpectator.com and Wine Spectator Mobile. Searching by winery, wine name, region, vineyard or grape type? Start typing, and common matching terms will pop up; select one for instant results. Not sure how to spell a winery name? We'll provide "Did you mean ... ?" suggestions, or you can use the Browse Wineries option.

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS AND RATINGS Find out which Restaurant Award winners you might like best. Rate the dining spots you've visited and share comments in our Restaurant Search. We'll analyze your faves, compare them with other members' feedback, and tell you which other restaurants you may enjoy.

RESTAURANT SEARCH The complete 2013 Restaurant Award listings are searchable in our online database. Find the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

SOMMELIER TALKS Meet the people behind the world's great wine lists: Get pairing advice and find out which wines excite them most.

2013 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's seventh annual Video Contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the finalists, and we'll post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers will vote for the winning video. The deadline to enter is Sept. 2. 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 on refreshing summer whites and juicy reds:

  • Chenin Blanc Styles in the Loire Valley:  What characteristics can you expect from this luscious grape, which can be made in dry or sweet styles? Learn from Domaine des Baumard winemaker Florent Baumard as he compares the appellations of Savennières and Quarts de Chaume.
  • Red, Red Wine in Portugal:  David Baverstock of Quinta dos Murças joins managing editor Kim Marcus to discuss the Douro Valley's unfortified reds.

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