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In the Sept. 30, 2015 Issue

Fish & Wine

Americans love fish and are eating more of it every year. But too many of us still hesitate to cook fish at home. So to get you started, we turned to six seafood-loving chefs for recipes and advice, then added wines to match.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

2012 White Burgundy: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2012 Burgundy white wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Fresh Catches & Wine Matches - Delicious and healthful fish dishes are as near as your kitchen, and their diverse flavors offer plenty of options for wine pairing. Six top U.S. chefs share recipes and tips for a home-cooked seafood dinner
Tuna Sushi Flight - Marco Moreira, 15 East, New York
Mediterranean Shellfish Bisque - Mark Franz, Farallon, San Francisco
Sturgeon With Crispy Squash and Squash Puree - Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia, Chicago
Thai Fried Red Snapper - Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas
Pompano With Crab-Boiled Vegetables - Tory McPhail, Commander's Palace, New Orleans
Lobster With Herb Oil - Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles

WineSpectator.com: Find hundreds more wine-friendly recipes, with suggested wine matches, in our online Recipe Search.


Tasting Reports

California Pinot Noir - Winegrowers turned large harvests in 2013 and 2012 into an abundance of fine wines
FREE: California Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: California Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing - More than 730 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.

White Burgundy 2012 - Low yields led to ideal ripeness in an outstanding vintage for the region's Chardonnays
FREE: White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: 2012 White Burgundy Alphabetical Listing - More than 470 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.


Hot Spots in Oakland - In San Francisco's less-traveled neighbor, cutting-edge restaurants pioneer a revived neighborhood

WineSpectator.com: Find more restaurants with great wine lists in our online Restaurant Search. With more than 3,600 award winners for 2015, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Food & Drink

A Trio of Rare Whiskies - Bourbon's Pappy Van Winkle, Japan's Karuizawa and Scotland's The Macallan have collectors clamoring

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of articles and columns about spirits.


Vinexpo 2015 - New events and investments draw wine professionals from around the world


Joe Wagner Sells His Meiomi Brand


Bordeaux Theft Ring Brought to Justice
Benziger Family Winery Sold
In Brief: The Sparkling Splash Brothers and Alsace Votes to Go Dry

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


St. Louis Sommelier Aleksandar Jovanovic - Aleksandar Jovanovic took an unusual path to become wine director of Truffles, in St. Louis

Savvy Shopper

West Coast Values, Tuscan Reds and Pinot Noirs from New Zealand


Soyoung Scanlan of Andante

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


Chilled Drinks

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

Cellars / Collections

Architect Soo Chan - Architect Soo Chan combines purpose and elegance in his Singapore cellar

WineSpectator.com: FREE Collecting & Auctions Newsletter: A new collectible wine pick in each biweekly e-mail, plus expert tips on collecting, auction news and analysis.


Wine in Antiquity - Just ask the lucky guests of the Marriage at Cana, who thought they were doomed to go thirsty until Jesus showed up: The ancient world—from Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean basin—was immersed in wine culture. But its origins may surprise you.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Vinexpo takeaways

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 - Why emotion matters

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—CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine video shorts have been pouring in to Wine Spectator's 9th Annual Video Contest. (Entries accepted until Sept. 7.) On Sept. 14, our editors will select the finalists and post them on WineSpectator.com, where you can vote for your favorite. The first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 22.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Throw a great party without breaking a sweat—or breaking the bank. Our featured chef has you covered with a recipe sure to impress, while Wine Spectator picks affordable, well-rated wines to enjoy over the long weekend.

MOBILE-FRIENDLY WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Pinot Grigio From Alto Adige: How do Pinot Grigio wines differ? Learn how the wine's character is shaped in the vineyard and in the winery as one of northeastern Italy's noteworthy producers, Elena Walch, joins senior editor Alison Napjus to discuss the region's lively and intense styles.
  • Pouilly-Fuissé Is Chardonnay: Located in Burgundy's warmer, southern section, Pouilly-Fuissé is known for slightly riper Chardonnays. Learn about the appellation and its wine styles as Philip Tuinder of Château Fuissé and senior editor Bruce Sanderson taste a regional and a single-vineyard wine.
  • Exploring Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: This Sonoma appellation is known for brisk ocean breezes and silky Pinot Noirs. Compare two wines, one from Russian River and one from Green Valley, its chilliest subappellation, as fourth-generation grapegrower Regina Martinelli joins Wine Spectator's Gloria Maroti Frazee.

WINE-FRIENDLY RECIPES From salads to sweets, we've got what you need to impress party guests and keep your weeknight dinners enticing. Find hundreds of recipes, with suggested wine pairings, in our online Recipe Search. Like the seafood recipes in our cover story? We've got even more fish and shellfish dishes online.

BACK TO (WINE) SCHOOL Autumn is the season to jump-start your wine education with one of our online courses, from the ABCs of Wine Tasting to a seminar on wine and food pairing. Or explore the wines of regions such as Bordeaux, California and Tuscany. Start whenever you want, and share the tastings with friends. All courses are free with a WineSpectator.com membership, only $49 per year.

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