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In the Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2015 Issue

How to Enjoy Wine

Wine is a vast subject, and it's in our nature to want to make sense of it, to give it some context. We like the romance of wine, but also want to understand its secrets. Now, Wine Spectator's Dr. Vinny sheds a light on the mysteries of the vine.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

How to Enjoy Wine - You don’t need to be an expert to find pleasure in opening and sampling a delicious bottle. But in case you feel intimidated, our masked enological educator, Dr. Vinny, is here to answer your most frequently asked questions. This informative and entertaining guide will take your knowledge—and enjoyment—to the next level. Study up!

WineSpectator.com: Want more answers from Dr. Vinny? Our advice guru tackles all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette—three days a week on WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

Serving & Handling
Collecting & Storing

WineSpectator.com: For more expert tips, sign up for our free Collecting & Auctions e-letter with Q&As, collectible wine picks and more in each biweekly edition.

Health & Well-Being

WineSpectator.com: Keep up to date on how wine can contribute to a healthy lifestyle with our free, biweekly Wine & Healthy Living e-letter with reports on new research and wellness tips.

Odds & Ends
Tasting & Learning


Tasting Reports

Oregon on Top - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay shine in the exceptional 2012 vintage, revealing elegance, opulence and distinctive terroir
FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Oregon Alphabetical Listing - More than 665 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.

Eight New Names to Know
New York's Finger Lakes - A difficult 2013 yields mixed results, but the region's top grape succeeds once again
FREE: New York Finger Lakes Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: New York Finger Lakes Alphabetical Listing - More than 260 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.


Bluegrass Reborn - Southern hospitality meets up-to-the-minute culinary culture in a diverse array of restaurants, bars and lodgings in and around Louisville, Ky.


Always in Fashion - After making their fortune with Guess jeans, the Marciano brothers are bringing their passion for style and service to the wine business


Year in Review: 2014 - The facts and figures behind the 18,000 wines rated in the year just past
Pull-Out Vintage Card - 2015 Wine Spectator Vintage Chart



Winemaking During War in Syria and Lebanon
Casella Buys Barossa's Peter Lehmann Wines
Tennessee Voters Put Wine in Supermarkets
In Brief: Too Close for Comfort, What's in a Name? and Wine Crimes

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


Actor Patrick Dempsey - Actor Patrick Dempsey on how wine fits into his healthy lifestyle
Emeril Lagasse's Carnivale du Vin Celebrates 10th Anniversary in New Orleans


Pairing Chocolate and Wine

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


Quality Bottled Cocktails

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

Cellars / Collections

2009 Bordeaux at Auction - At auction, many 2009 Bordeaux are selling well below release prices

WineSpectator.com: Want to build up your cellar? Sign up for our free Collecting & Auctions email: Get a new collectible wine pick in each edition, plus expert tips on collecting, news and analysis.

Second Sale of Roy Welland Collection Totals $5.6 Million


2014 Article Index

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Oregon Pinot Noir, German Riesling and Spanish Selections


James Laube - Battling bottle variation

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 - Embracing change

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

Philippe Bertineau's Cassoulet with a Southern French Red - Philippe Bertineau, Benoit, New York

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

2014 VINTAGE REPORTS With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator's editors provide an early look at expected quality in key regions in Europe and North America.

VALENTINE'S DAY Love is in the air with our guide to seductive sparkling and sweet wines, romantic recipes, top chocolates, restaurants with award-winning wine lists and more.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO With our mobile-friendly site, you can watch all our wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

RATINGS ALERTS Start the new year off right by getting the early scoop on the smartest buys and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings.

  • Insider: Weekly reviews of highly rated wines before they sell out.
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VALUE WINES Did you resolve to stick to a tighter budget this year? You can still drink great wines without spending a lot. Check our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Values.

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