Year in and year out, Champagne delivers excellent quality across the board, and today's wine lovers can enjoy a growing diversity of bottlings as producers push the boundaries of tradition to explore all the region can offer.
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Learn more about Champagne with senior editor Alison Napjus and the region's most prestigious houses: The art of blending with Krug, how Champagne ages with Dom Pérignon, the distinctions among styles (nonvintage, vintage and tête de cuvée) with Taittinger and the difference between premier cru and grand cru bottlings with Duval-Leroy. Watch these and more.
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Veneto Primer: What's the difference between Recioto and Amarone? Learn about the Veneto's top-quality reds with one of the region's top winemakers, Marilisa Allegrini.
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Take a dramatic tour of Jackass Hill Vineyard as Lee Martinelli Sr. tackles the treacherous 60-degree slope on his tractor, in our 2015 Video Contest winner. Then meet his daughter Regina as she explains the distinctions between their Pinot Noirs from Sonoma's Russian River Valley and from its even cooler Green Valley sub-appellation.
WineSpectator.com: See all 87 Grand Award winners in our 2016 Restaurant Awards program. And by perusing the more than 3,500 award-winning wine lists in our Restaurant Search, you can pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.
WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.
WineSpectator.com: Discover more on wine & health.
WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.
WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Jack Bettridge's columns and other articles about spirits.
WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of Mark Pendergrast's columns and other articles about coffee.
WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. By searching our more than 3,500 award winners, you can pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.
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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.
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 for this issue is available here.
TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 28, we begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2016—with videos, tasting notes and more—culminating with the Wine of the Year on Dec. 2 and the complete Top 100 list on Dec. 5. Don't miss the year's most exciting wines! Plus, enter our sweepstakes to win the Top 10 wines from 2015.
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