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In the Aug. 31, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Annual Restaurant Guide

The world's best wine lists are featured in this annual issue, which presents the winners in our Restaurant Awards program. Spanning all 50 states and more than 80 countries, these are the must-try establishments at the vanguard of wine-and-food culture. Watch our video preview of the issue.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

Cover Story

The Grand Award Honor Roll
Going Deep, If Not Long - With the wine world expanding apace, restaurants are taking advantage to bring together interesting wines from around the globe on wine lists of all sizes
New Grand Award Winners
- Six restaurants join the elite, with excellence in wine and dining
Clos Maggiore - London
La Toque - Napa, Calif.
Nice Matin - New York
Saison - San Francisco
The Stonehouse - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Studio - Laguna Beach, Calif.
Dining Guide - A complete directory of all 3,748 Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award winners in the United States and abroad

WineSpectator.com: Complete listing details for all award winners are available in our free online Restaurant Search. Select by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine and more.


Tasting Reports

Down Under Rising - Cabernet Sauvignon, long Australia's second red, behind Shiraz, is making strides toward greater accessibility and balanced flavors
FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing - More than 625 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 Cool-Climate Aussies: Many Australian wines are associated with massive ripeness, but lately winemakers have been aiming for a brighter balance. One way to make crisp, juicy wines is to plant vineyards in cool-climate areas. Learn about the style of Victoria's cool Strathbogie Ranges as Matt Fowles pours his Fowles Chardonnay and Shiraz.

Overachievers Down Under


Singing the Sea - Chef Eric Ripert applies technique and innovation to fresh ocean ingredients at New York's iconic Le Bernardin

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Learn to sauté fish perfectly with chef Eric Ripert as he demonstrates in Le Bernardin's kitchen how to make a cod recipe with pea shoots and ginger-lemon-scallion sauce. Then join him for a discussion of which wine pairs best with the dish.



Wine Spectator Foundation donates $3 million to Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute


Charles Banks Taps Napa Winemaker Jamey Whetstone for Evening Land
Bottle Breakages Force Coravin to Halt Sales

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


Enrico Crippa Elevates Piedmont Cuisine at Alba's Piazza Duomo - Chef Enrico Crippa sets the modern standard for regional cuisine at Piazza Duomo in Alba
Vintners Come Out to Play at Wine Spectator's Magnum Parties in Napa and Sonoma - Wine Spectator's Bring Your Own Magnum parties celebrate the wines of Napa and Sonoma

Savvy Shopper

Summer Whites and Rosés, Southern Hemisphere Reds and Vibrant Sherries


Italy-inspired, Texas-made

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


Iced Coffee Treats


Cocktail Garnishes Raise the Bar

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

Wine Auctions

Auction Napa Valley Breaks Record, Raising $18.7 million


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - The future of wine in China

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 - Spring cleaning in the wine cellar

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

Curtis Stone's Anise-rubbed Lamb Chops with Syrah - Chef Curtis Stone, Maude, Beverly Hills, Calif.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT SEARCH The 2014 Restaurant Award listings are searchable in our online database. Find restaurants 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.

2014 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's eighth annual Video Contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the finalists and post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers can vote for the winning video. The deadline to enter is Sept. 1. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.

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

  • Douro Dream: A couple with a big dream takes great vineyards and makes a 98-point wine from Portugal's Douro Valley. Wine & Soul's Sandra Tavares da Silva joins managing editor Kim Marcus to talk about the rich, refined wines she makes with her husband, Jorge Serôdio Borges.
  • Zinfandel Grows Up: Reliable barbecue buddy Zinfandel is coming into its own and showing a sense of place. Ted Seghesio of Seghesio Family Vineyards pours Zin from three Sonoma County AVAs: Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Rockpile.

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.

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND IN-DEPTH From affordable to collectible, wines from Down Under offer diversity and value. Take this online, three-class Wine Spectator School seminar to get to know the key growing regions and taste the distinct wine styles. All Wine Spectator School courses are included free with WineSpectator.com membership.

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