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In the June 15, 2015 Issue

Francis Ford Coppola

The drama inherent to the struggle between failure and success always makes for a good Hollywood film. If filmmaker and vintner Francis Ford Coppola had to direct a surefire hit, it would incorporate not just the ups and downs of his life in movies but also the difficulties he has faced as the owner of Napa's iconic Inglenook.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Story

Resurrecting Inglenook - Since purchasing a portion of the historic property in 1975, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola has attempted to return the troubled brand to the stature of its heyday through a combination of winemaking expertise and dogged determination. Now, with almost $100 million invested in the project, the filmmaker’s vision may finally be bearing fruit
Living History - Built in 1879, Inglenook has weathered a century of changes in Napa Valley
Beyond Inglenook - An overview of Coppola's extensive portfolio of brands


Tasting Reports

Top of the Pops - A surge in domestic sparkling wine consumption is spurring a quality revolution, with refined cuvées and an abundance of choice
FREE: U.S. Sparkling Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: U.S. Sparkling Alphabetical Listing - More than 120 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.

Young Lions - Gaining experience and confidence in their vineyards, South African winemakers are challenging preconceptions with must-try reds and whites
FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing - More than 400 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.

South Africa Primer


Touring Napa Valley - California's most renowned appellation has something to offer every visitor, from destination dining to intimate tasting experiences in some of the world’s great wineries. Our editors bring you the best of the region
Napa Valley Touring Map
Award-Winning Wine Lists in Napa



Lawsuit Claims Arsenic Tainted California Wines

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


Murder-Suicide Stuns Napa Valley
Chinese Investors Acquire Growing Number of Bordeaux Châteaus
In Brief: Drink From the Deep; An Extra J for E. & J.


Greek Vintner Angelos Iatrides - Alpha Estate winemaker Angelos Iatridis forges a new path in Greece's cold north


Nobletree's Hands-On Approach

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


Scotch Cocktails

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

Cellars / Collections

Buried Treasure - San Diego couple Colin and Cathleen Haggerty went to extreme depths to build their cellar

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.


FAQ: All About Bubbly

WineSpectator.com: Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to 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.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

California Mixed Case, European Whites, Bottlings from Australia


James Laube - New developments at Napa icons

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 New Legitimacy of Lighter

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.)

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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SUMMER ENTERTAINING Throwing a Memorial Day bash, or simply firing up the grill for the family? We'll be highlighting great recipes to enjoy outdoors, paired with new-release wines recommended by our editors.

MIXED CASE Follow our team of news and features writers on their opinion and advice blog. Join the discussions!

MOBILE-FRIENDLY WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Some recent additions:

  • How Antinori Redefined Tuscany: Marchese Piero Antinori and winemaker Renzo Cotarella join senior editor Bruce Sanderson for an in-depth seminar on the decidedly untraditional wines—Tignanello and Solaia—that Antinori introduced some 40 years ago.
  • Wines With an Altitude—Dolcetto and Barolo: In the right hands, high-altitude vineyards can yield distinctive wines. Winemaker Giuseppe Vaira, who runs the G.D. Vajra family winery, joins Bruce Sanderson to talk altitude, vineyards and wine in Piedmont.
  • Decanting Napa History: Peter Mondavi Jr. of Charles Krug pours two wines made decades apart (1974 and 2011) to show the evolution of Napa Cabernet. Learn the difference in decanting fully mature and young Cabs, as well as what to look for in these wines.

2014 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS The 2014 wines look better than any vintage since the classic-rated 2010, with a strong performance on the Left Bank. Senior editor James Molesworth visited the region in March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Read his on-the-scene blog posts and his reviews for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

NOTES ON NEW RELEASES Refreshing rosés. Warm-weather whites. Juicy reds at value prices. Get the best of our editors' latest reviews straight from the tasting room each week in our Tasting Highlights.

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