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In the Oct. 15, 2015 Issue

Pioneering Priorat

Priorat slumbered through most of the 20th century, impoverished and forgotten. Then in the 1970s, a group of outsiders—idealistic and indefatigable—arrived with a vision of a new Priorat. Their passion and hard work reinvigorated the region. Priorat has now emerged as a star player in the rapidly improving Spanish wine industry.

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

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

Cover Story

Reclaiming Greatness - Located in a remote corner of Catalonia, Priorat languished in obscurity for close to a century before its vineyards were revitalized by a pioneering group of outsiders in the 1970s. Since then, the region’s winemaking scene has exploded, yielding a bounty of fine wines from an expanding cast of ambitious producers. But as the region vies for international recognition, it grapples with issues of authenticity and identity
Bottled History - The story of the Priorat region told in 12 bottles, spanning five decades, from the traditional Scala Dei Priorat Cartoixa 1975 to the distinctive Marc Ripoll Sans Priorat White Escanyavella 2012
Recommended Wines From Priorat


Tasting Reports

The Best of Spain - Across the country, producers are delivering a panoply of styles from a dizzying array of grapes, appellations and vintages
FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing - More than 1,130 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.

Three Strikes - The Loire Valley faced yet another difficult year in 2013, but Vouvray stands out
FREE: Loire Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: FREE: Loire Alphabetical Listing - More than 290 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.


Catalan Classic - Spain's Costa Dorada abounds with Mediterranean vistas and mouthwatering cuisine


A Vintner in Vermont - Deirdre Heekin crafts unique wines from little-known North American grapes


Varietal Values - Select bottlings of Cabernet, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah at enticing prices

WineSpectator.com: Always on the hunt for a bargain? Browse our frequently updated lists of Top Values, high-scoring wines at great prices; Easy Finds, inexpensive, quality wines made in large quantities; and Wineries for Value, producers that have made the most values in their region.



Bordeaux Futures: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Demand for Australian Wine Dips in the United States
In Brief: Gallo Buys a Piece of Sonoma History; Founder Sells B.R. Cohn Winery

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


Hackers Steal Winery Customer Information


Annegret Reh-Gartner - Annegret Reh-Gartner aims to educate consumers with her Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt wines
Napa Wine Lovers Raise Paddles for Animal Rescue

The Environment

New York State Bans Fracking
Drought Plagues Winemakers in Northern Chile

Savvy Shopper

Southern French Reds, Global Riesling, New Releases from New Zealand

Dining Out

Chicago's Grace

WineSpectator.com: Find more restaurants with great wine lists in our 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.


Korean Coffee Culture

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


Smoke-infused Cocktails

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


FAQ: Harvest

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This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - The merits of Meiomi

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 - Back to basics

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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