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In the July 31, 2015 Issue


The clash of tradition and modernity, amid an amazing array of grape varieties, terroirs and winemaking cultures, makes Portugal one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world today.

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

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Cover Story

Portugal's Cutting Edge - Change is sweeping across this historic winemaking nation, with renowned quintas and a new generation of vintners competing and collaborating across a dizzying array of terroirs, varieties and viticultural techniques. With refined red table wines and focused whites from indigenous grapes taking a place on the world stage, this diverse and beautiful land offers much more than Port
Vital Vinho - Known for simple, fizzy whites, the Vinho Verde region is making strides with the Alvarinho grape
Port Primer - Portugal's best-known wine achieved classic quality in 2011, and options abound in the category
Recommended Wines - Highly rated recent releases from Portugal, encompassing reds, whites, Port and Madeira


Tasting Reports

Another Side of Chardonnay - Whites from the Golden State exhibit verve and ageability in the excellent 2013 vintage
FREE: California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing - More than 480 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.

Brunello Beauties - The 2010 vintage is one of the best in decades for Tuscany's world-class red
FREE: Brunello Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Brunello Alphabetical Listing - More than 105 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.


Tomales Bay Bounty - Shellfish dishes from Hog Island Oyster Co. deliver fresh summertime flavors for laid-back outdoor gatherings


Savoring Lisbon - After decades of political and economic hardship, Portugal's capital is finding its culinary voice, with fresh ingredients and exceptional wines


Grand Tour Visits Chicago, Las Vegas and Dallas


Bordeaux Price Drops Leave U.S. Market Cold

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

The Environment

Green Winemaking Guru Phil Cotturi
In Brief: Sonoma Judge Allows Vineyard Planting;  Wine Sustainabili-Tea


Pimm's Cup

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


San Francisco Dining
A Thomas Keller Cruise
Parisian Panorama


FAQ: Deciphering a Wine Label

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

Savvy Shopper

Portuguese Table Wines, Chardonnay Selections, Reds from Rioja


James Laube - Measuring wine greatness

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 - Party ploys

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.

2015 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's 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. 7. Check out the rules and past years' finalists online.

JULY FOURTH ENTERTAINING Host a patriotic party with recipes from our guest chef, plus great-value American wines to match.

LETTER FROM EUROPE Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and more, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers, chefs and other personalities who shape wine culture. Read his post on Lisbon travel, and follow along.

MOBILE-FRIENDLY WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO You can get all our great 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 companions to the stories in this issue:

  • Bordeaux Tradition, Douro Style: After the sale of his family's Château Cos-d'Estournel, Bruno Prats joined forces in Portugal with the Symington family, famous for Port. Prats discusses starting over in a new region and pours the Prats & Symington Chryseia 2011, Wine Spectator's No. 3 wine of 2014.
  • Great Chardonnay From Cabernet Country: John Kongsgaard met his wife in chemistry lab at the University of California, Davis, started a winery, planted Chardonnay in Napa Valley and cracked Wine Spectator's Top 10. Hear the winemaker's entertaining story of his 40 years in Napa.

TUSCANY IN-DEPTH Take this three-class online Wine Spectator School seminar to understand both the classic-style and the new-wave wines of top Tuscan producers in hot regions such as Chianti Classico, Montalcino and Bolgheri. All 10 Wine Spectator School courses are included free with a WineSpectator.com membership and make great gifts for the budding wine lovers in your life.

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