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In the Nov. 15, 2013 Issue

2010 California Cabernet

The 2010 Cabernets from California are showy and attractive. They are charming to drink already, while their exquisite balance and finesse bodes well for aging. Their success makes a strong case for cooler years.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

Tom Seaver's Winning Ways - How one of baseball's greatest pitchers crafted a Cabernet gem from his vineyard on Napa's Diamond Mountain

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Tom Seaver walked Wine Spectator through his Diamond Mountain vineyard while sharing his story, and also joined Marvin R. Shanken on a sports panel to pour one of his boutique Cabernets at Wine Spectator's Wine Experience.

Cool Victory - The top 2010s are a remarkable collection of dense, deftly balanced wines, both rich in flavor and firm in structure
New & Noteworthy - Six wineries that are enriching the ranks
Cabs From Cowboy Country - Paso Robles is starting to make a name for itself
California Cabernet Alphabetical Listing - Scores and prices for more than 800 recent releases

WineSpectator.com: Members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.


Tasting Reports

Sweet Spots of Alsace - Early-drinking 2011s join the cellar-worthy 2010s, in a range of styles
FREE: Alsace Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Alsace Alphabetical Listing - 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.


All Riesling, All the Time - This versatile grape is a surprising match for lamb and pasta

WineSpectator.com: Find more dishes that pair well with Riesling in our online Recipe Search.


Robert Drouhin - Burgundy's quiet innovator is our 2013 Distinguished Service Award winner
Domaine de Chevalier’s North Star - Olivier Bernard has helmed the Bordeaux estate to hard-won success


Wachau Pioneers - The leaders of an Austrian wine renaissance coax stunning whites from stony hillsides

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: Learn more about the Wachau region and its different wine styles in this pair of videos with Kerstin Klamm of Freie Weingärtner Wachau, a top producer.

Santa Barbara Trailblazer - Jonata winery follows its own path



French and California Vintners Buy Big In Oregon


New York vs. New Jersey in Shipping Wars
French Wineries Targeted for Money Laundering
Torbreck Founder Leaves Australian Winery

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


In the Vineyard with Boz Scaggs - Rock star Boz Scaggs makes Rhône-inspired wine from vineyards at his Napa home


Matching American Hard Cheeses with Cabernet Sauvignon

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


DIY Vodka Infusions

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

Things We Like

Coravin's Groundbreaking Wine-Preservation System - A new device allows wine lovers to enjoy bottles without removing the cork

Wine Auctions

Auction of Washington Wines Stays Strong at 26th Annual Event


2003 California Cabernet - Twenty wines shine in a recent tasting, but the vintage comes up short overall

WineSpectator.com: WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all wines tasted.

Cellars / Collections

At Home with John and Jenifer Besh - This New Orleans chef's kitchen captures the spirit of southern Louisiana


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

French Reds and Whites, Malbec, New World Values


James Laube - The critical role of tannins

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 others.

Matt Kramer - The new "fine" in wine

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Adam Sobel's Poularde With Pinot Noir - Chef Adam Sobel, RN74, San Francisco

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 11, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2013, followed by the complete Top 100 list. As a bonus, for two weeks we'll be offering all visitors free trial-access to our website's members-only features. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 24 to 26, 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 WEEKLY POLL What do you think about hot topics in the world of wine, from restaurant wine service to pricing to the latest popular trends in wine styles and grape varieties? Vote in our polls and see your fellow readers' opinions.

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

  • Cab Dawns Bright in Paso Robles: Although Paso is best-known for Rhône varietals, the region's Cabernets are attracting attention among serious wine lovers. Among those with great expectations are brothers Georges and Daniel Daou, who take us on a tour of their beautiful vineyard with its combination of high altitude, unique soils and low-yielding clones.
  • Tuscan Diversity: Tuscany is home to some of Italy's top wines, including Brunello di Montalcino and Bordeaux-style blends. Join vintner Leonardo Frescobaldi, whose company owns seven different estates, to learn about the differences in these wines, their grapes and soils.

CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in on Mondays to get the latest reviews on hot new-release Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.

CALIFORNIA CABERNET COURSE Learn from top winemakers and explore the state's important Cabernet appellations with Wine Spectator School's online seminar. Discover the difference made by price levels and growing regions. California Cabernet and nine other courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, only $49.95 per year.

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