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In the May 31, 2017 Issue

Matching Food & Wine

In one dish, simply adjusting the sauce tunes the food to a specific wine. For others, a different seasoning, marinade or key ingredient does the trick. You can also change up the cooking method to make a better match.—Harvey Steiman

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

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

Cover Story

When the Wine Comes First - Deciding what you're having to eat and then matching a wine to the meal is the norm. But if you have a special bottle you're looking to showcase, the approach needs to be reversed. In this story, we show you how to do just that by applying simple twists to basic recipes that steer the food toward your favorite wine
Sparkling Wine and Scallops
Sauvignon Blanc and Fennel Salad
Chardonnay and Cornish Hens
Pinot Noir and Glazed Salmon
Cabernet Sauvignon and Steak

WineSpectator.com: FOOD AND WINE MATCHING - Find more eye-opening wine-and-food pairings with our biweekly 8 & $20 feature, showcasing easy-to-prepare recipes matched to great wines priced at $20 or less, as well as our seasonal features and recipe search, plus Sips & Tips newsletter.


Tasting Reports

Blast From the Past - The 2014 vintage is a treat for those who prefer the classical style of red Burgundy that harks to the cooler growing seasons of years gone by
Alphabetical Guide to Red Burgundy

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Red Burgundy: 3 Pinots, 3 Terroirs.: Same grape, same winemaker, different vineyards, different characteristics. Explore this phenomenon with winemaker Pascal Marchand and a trio of his wines from Maison Marchand-Tawse (Nuits-St-Georges, Corton) and Domaine Tawse (Beaune).

Chilean Momentum - Despite some recent curveballs from Mother Nature, the country continues to deliver good value for money as vintners expand their terroirs
FREE: Chile Alphabetical Listing - More than 280 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.


California Sauvignon Blanc - California vintners are bringing a new energy to Sauvignon Blanc, with impressive results
FREE: California Sauvignon Blanc Alphabetical Listing - More than 200 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.



Cinemas Add Adult Beverages to Concession Offerings
Wine and Moonlight

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


Burgundy's Laurent Ponsot Exits His Family Winery
Cannabis Company Buys Former Fetzer Property in Mendocino
South African Winemakers Decry Mining Activities


Alcoholic Beverages Fight Food-borne Pathogens
Compounds in Wine Grapes Could Fight Cognitive Decline

Dining Out

Healdsburg's Single Thread Farms


Peaty Whiskies - Smoke-inflected flavors in Scotch are nothing new, but an increasing number of distillers are responding to consumer demand for the peatiest malts ever

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


Derby Day in Louisville, Ky.

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Cellars / Collections

Mary Dewane and Joe Anderson's Russian River Valley Home - The owners of Benovia winery design their Sonoma digs with charity in mind


FAQ: Pinot Noir

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



Savvy Shopper

Sangioveses from Tuscany, Southern Hemisphere Medley, Spanish Discoveries


James Laube - A pioneer's story

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 pressure of epiphany

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.)

Bruce Sanderson - DRC's 2015s

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

GRAND TOUR This spring, Wine Spectator hits the road with nearly 250 of the world's finest wineries, making stops in Las Vegas (May 6), Chicago (May 9) and Miami (May 12) to pour top bottles for wine lovers. If you can't join us this time, check out our coverage of who was there.

NEED-TO-KNOW INFO Our website is the place to go to find out the latest on winery sales, wine and health, and other industry issues. Keep up with our news section or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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 favorites:

  • Diamond in the Rough: Diamond Creek cofounder Boots Brounstein recounts how her husband, Al, pioneered single-vineyard Cabernet in California's Napa Valley.
  • Pairing Wine With Artichokes: Go behind the lens in this peek at a Wine Spectator photo shoot and pick up pairing pointers with our A Perfect Match series. This segment focuses on artichokes, which are notoriously tricky when it comes to pairing.

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2016 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Following 2015, the 2016 growing season has provided Bordeaux its first excellent back-to-back crops since 2009 and 2010. Which wines will be worth buying as futures? Senior editor James Molesworth visited 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 tasting notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

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