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In the April 30, 2016 Issue

Sting & Trudie

"I think in some ways it's a pejorative: 'celebrity wine.' Because there is so much of it. We haven't been here for generations. But we are serious. We are committed."—Sting

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

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

Cover Story

Tuscan Harmony - Drawn to the beauty of the Tuscan landscape, music legend Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, purchased the Il Palagio wine estate in 1997 and set about revitalizing the 900-acre property. Despite challenges in the vineyards and in the marketplace, the producer is now starting to find its rhythm, pushing past the clichés of "celebrity wine" to pursue authenticity and quality.


Tasting Reports

Parsing Prosecco - Gaining in quality and cachet, this Italian sparkling wine has never been hotter
FREE: Prosecco Alphabetical Listing - FREE: Prosecco Alphabetical Listing - More than 85 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.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS In "Letter from Europe," contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and beyond, sharing fascinating stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers and other personalities who shape wine culture. Read his recent posts on Prosecco and follow.

Italian Powerhouse - On the heels of Piedmont's classic 2010 vintage, the warm 2011 offers more approachable Nebbiolos
FREE: Piedmont Alphabetical Listing - FREE: Piedmont Alphabetical Listing - More than 760 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.


Sparkling Wine Country - A tour of the Prosecco region offers farm-fresh cuisine and well-priced wines

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


Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions of 2015 - Established events with luxury packages and large-format bottles get top billing


Risk and Reward - After nearly two decades in Napa, winemaker Jeff Ames is at the top of his game
Under the Volcano - California vintner Michael Thomas unearths wine history in the ruins of Pompeii


French Connection - 100 enticing New World values inspired by benchmark French styles

WineSpectator.com: Always on the hunt for a bargain? Download Wine Spectator's new, free Xvalues app, highlighting "extreme values"—high-quality, widely available wines at affordable prices. This easy-to-use app for iPhones and iPads features Wine Spectator's latest reviews in several categories: $12 or less, reds and whites at $20 or less, sparkling values, and seasonal and holiday picks. Find it in the App Store.



Two Big Distributors Merge in Major Deal


South African Vintners Battle Wildfires

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

Pontet-Canet Owners Buy Robin Williams' Napa Valley Wine Estate
Wine Spectator Releases Free App for Values

Savvy Shopper

Douro Reds, Fresh Whites and Old World Sweeties



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


Rococo's London Revolution

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Owen Dugan's columns and other articles about chocolate.

Things We Like

International Olive Oils


A Duero Wine Country Hotel Renovates for 2016

Wine Auctions

Global Bidding Drops Slightly in 2015 - A big drop in London and a slide in Hong Kong were buttressed by a 27 percent gain in New York

WineSpectator.com: Monitor wine auction trends, get expert collecting tips and find design inspiration for your home cellar. Discover all this and more in our free Collecting e-mail newsletter, with a new collectible wine pick in each twice-monthly edition.


FAQ: Wine Mysticism

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




James Laube - The new best

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 meaning of minerality

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions, visit www.winespectator.com/kramer. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

James Molesworth - The clarity of blind tasting

A Perfect Match

Chef Wolfgang Puck's Rack of Lamb With Syrah - Chef Wolfgang Puck and his chef de cuisine Tetsu Yahagi offer a a springtime lamb recipe

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Celebrate the warm weather of spring with a fresh new recipe from one of our favorite chefs, paired with our editors' picks of highly rated wines.

WINE AND FOOD MATCHMAKING In our "8 & $20" series, we show you how eight ingredients, pantry staples and an under-$20 bottle of wine can come together for a restaurant-quality meal. Get two new easy, tasty recipes each month.

DRINKING OUT LOUD Thought-provoking Web-exclusive essays from the irreverent Matt Kramer, longtime Wine Spectator columnist. Don't miss the lively discussions! (Only members may post comments, but all visitors may read them.)

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. Here are some recent additions:

  • Cork vs. Screwcap—Why Domaine Laroche Went Back to Cork: Ten years ago, Laroche decided to bottle its entire range of Chablis under screwcaps to keep the wines fresh and prevent taint. So why switch back? Get the key factors from winemaker Grégory Viennois as he chats with Bruce Sanderson.
  • Quick Tip—'Why I Love Clones': Many wine lovers' eyes glaze over when winemakers start talking about grape clones (but most winemakers love the subject). Why do clones matter? Get the answer from Luisa Ponzi of Willamette Valley's Ponzi Vineyards.

RATINGS FLASH! Keep on top of new releases from your favorite regions. Our e-mail alert will let you know when we've added reviews to our Wine Ratings database from your selected regions. Just enter your e-mail address and preferences—we'll do the rest! Sign up at newsletters.winespectator.com.

2015 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS After several challenging harvests, France's famed wine region had a beautiful growing season. Will 2015 be a classic vintage? Which wines will be worth buying as futures? James Molesworth visits the region in late March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Look for his blog posts for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

INTRODUCING OUR XVALUES APP! Wine lovers want great quality, but also value. To meet that need, Wine Spectator has launched its latest tool: the new, free Xvalues app, highlighting "extreme values"—high quality, widely available wines at affordable prices. This convenient, easy-to-use app for iPhones and iPads features a regularly updated library of Wine Spectator's latest reviews in several categories: top values for $12 or less, reds for $20 or less, whites for $20 or less and sparklers for $40 or less, plus seasonal and holiday picks. Before your next shopping trip, download Xvalues from the App Store!

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