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In the April 30, 2014 Issue


In 2010, Barolo witnessed something special. The wines combine the best qualities of other recent top years—purity, elegance, balance and complexity, plus the ability to age. It promises to be a benchmark vintage. Watch our video preview of the issue.

FREE Wine Charts:

German Riesling: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all German Rieslings reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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

Cover Story

Barolo Triumph - In-depth tastings in producers' cellars reveal potentially stellar quality for the 2010 vintage of Piedmont's top red. These young Nebbiolos promise terrific depth and supreme ageability
FREE: Piedmont Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 745 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.

Barolo From Barrel - Top wines, at a glance
Piedmont's Plenty - This dynamic region delivers a wealth of vintages and grape varieties for both short- and long-term enjoyment
ABCs of Piedmont - An overview of the grapes and growing areas of this complex region

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Gaja's Italy: Angelo Gaja, who revitalized the Barbaresco appellation, and his daughter, Gaia, share the family's wines from Piedmont and Tuscany in this seminar.

Bounty from the Boot - Discover 100 values from Italy's distinctive wine regions

WineSpectator.com: Always on the hunt for a bargain? Browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at great prices; Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values in their region.


Tasting Reports

Two Sides of Riesling - Both sweet and dry styles of Germany’s signature grape excel in 2012
FREE: Germany Riesling Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 325 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 Germany's Rare Rieslings: This seminar on four sought-after dessert wines, each representing the pinnacle of quality from its region, features winemakers from St.-Urbans-Hof, Bassermann-Jordan, Schloss Johannisberg and Gunderloch.


Brooklyn Artisans - Winemakers and distillers have set up shop in New York's creative hub


Resisting Labels - California-based winemaker Dave Phinney brings an artist’s eye to his signature bottlings
Portrait of a Young Négociant - Mathieu Chadronnier is using technology to transform the way wine is sold in Bordeaux



Historic Drought Disrupts California
China’s Ningxia Wine Region Classified
Wine Spectator's WineRatings+ App Now Available for iPad, Updated for iOS7
In Brief: Eberle Out in Paso Robles; Giant Boulders Bowl Through Italian Vineyard

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


Grapegrower Al Frediani Tends Napa History - Grapegrower Al Frediani tends a vineyard untouched by time
In Memoriam: California Vintner John Parducci


Balancing the Scales - How food and wine professionals stay fit without sacrificing the finer things

Savvy Shopper

Douro Reds, Italian Selections, Southern Hemisphere Bargains


Fine Cheddar

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


Ithaca, N.Y., Roaster Gimme!

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

Wine Auctions

Top 10 Charity Auctions of 2013

Cellars / Collections

At Home with Philadelphia Chef Mark Vetri - The chef builds a family-sized kitchen in his Philadelphia home

WineSpectator.com: Build your cellar through smart bidding. Use our online Auction Price Database to track the performance of more than 10,000 collectible wines.


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




Heritage Poultry


James Laube - Baja's emerging wine scene

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 - At your service

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

Fabio Trabocchi's Halibut and Porcini Crema with Barbaresco - Fabio Trabocchi, Fiola, Washington, D.C.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2013 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Which wines should you buy as futures from yet another difficult vintage for Bordeaux? Rain made the harvest challenging for the dry reds, but Sauternes and Barsac may excel. Senior editor James Molesworth visits the region in March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Members can read his on-the-scene blog posts for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

MIXED CASE Senior editor Alison Napjus joins our team of bloggers! Read their thoughts on current events and wine culture, tips on learning more about wine, conversations with notable people in the wine business, travel to wine regions, and more.

LETTER FROM EUROPE Follow contributing editor Robert Camuto in his new twice-monthly blog as he travels through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the people who make wine or influence wine culture.

CHEFS' PERSONAL RECIPES What do chefs cook at home for family and friends? Contributing editor Laurie Woolever chats with big names and rising stars, who share their favorite home-style recipes and wines to match.

FINAL FOUR TASTE-OFF We wouldn't bet big based on our findings, but our tournament bracket is a lot more fun than the average office pool! Wineries near each of the 2014 NCAA Final Four contenders take on our annual challenge to predict the championship winner.

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

  • Bordeaux Stars: Prince Robert de Luxembourg, who oversees Châteaus Haut-Brion and La Mission Haut-Brion, speaks about his family's history and focus on making the best reds and dry whites.
  • Luscious Sauternes: Château Guiraud winemaker Xavier Planty describes the making of Bordeaux's great sweet wines as he pours the 2009 Guiraud—Wine Spectator's No. 5 wine of 2012.

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