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In the June 15, 2017 Issue

Andy Beckstoffer

Andy Beckstoffer has been single-minded in his pursuit of success, even courting financial disaster only to bounce back through brass-knuckle business savvy and swagger to become one of Napa Valley's ultimate insiders.

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

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

Cover Story

Napa Valley Powerhouse - Meet Andy Beckstoffer. Arriving in Napa in the late 1960s, the astute businessman saw potential where others did not, risking it all to become the owner of historic Napa vineyards that today provide the fruit for many of the most coveted California Cabernets. He’s also a formidable opponent of further development in the valley, a stance many see as self-serving but which Beckstoffer insists is the only way to preserve the region’s cultural heritage
Selected Recent Releases From Historic Beckstoffer Sites
Lake County Expansion - Since the 1990s, Beckstoffer has branched out into the Red Hills area of Lake County, a region he believes could make wines on par with Napa's

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Beckstoffer's To Kalon—Napa Cab Central: What makes the To Kalon vineyard so special? Grapegrower Andy Beckstoffer takes us on a tour of his To Kalon vineyard, and winemakers Fred Schrader, Mike Hirby and Mark Carter talk about why they rely on Beckstoffer's grapes.


Tasting Reports

South Africa Arrives - After an uphill climb to achieve world-class quality in their wines, the Cape’s vintners have built an industry worthy of global attention
FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing - More than 400 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.


Santa Barbara County - One of California’s most inviting wine regions offers both lively urban tasting rooms and bucolic landscapes not far from Los Angeles

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 at restaurants.


Summer Sippers - More than 150 fine rosés and sparkling wines from around the world to enliven the season’s picnics and pool parties, graduations and weddings

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

New York's Long Island - As Long Island matures as a wine region, vintners heed terroir to refine their bottlings
FREE: Long Island Alphabetical Listing - More than 190 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.


FAQ: Tasting Room Etiquette

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.


Charles Banks Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud
Lynch Bages' Cazes family buys neighboring Haut-Batailley in Pauillac
Gallo Acquires Napa's Stagecoach Vineyard

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

Savvy Shopper

Australian Favorites, Refreshing Old World Whites, Dry Sherries


Dry Jack Cannoli

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


Long Island Wine Country Dining


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken




James Laube - Carneros' comeback

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 - Buying wine at any age

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

A Perfect Match

Spicy Tomato Crab Soup with Sparkling Rosé

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

PARTY PLANNING Hosting a barbecue bash on Memorial Day? We highlight delicious new recipes to try and point you to great wines for the occasion. Check out our seasonal features for pairing suggestions with well-priced, newrelease wines recommended by our editors.

WINE PICKS Get our latest editors' picks and thousands of other new reviews on the go with the WineRatings+ app, which offers access to Wine Spectator's expert ratings, as well as curated lists and top values. The newly revamped version for iOS includes enhanced vintage charts and news feed. Find WineRatings+ at the App Store or Google Play.

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:

  • Quick Tip—Why Most Wine Bottles are Green: There are three very good reasons that so many wines end up in a green-tinted bottle. Find out why when it comes to wine bottles, it's easier being green.
  • Behind the Scenes—Maryland Crab Soup: Take a peek into a Wine Spectator photo shoot and pick up food-pairing pointers with our "A Perfect Match" series. This segment focuses on this issue's spicy Maryland crab soup.

2016 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Following 2015, the 2016 growing season provided Bordeaux with its first excellent back-to-back crops since 2009 and 2010. Which wines should you buy as futures? Senior editor James Molesworth visited the region to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Read his blog posts for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

356,000+ WINE REVIEWS Use our powerful search to find the latest scores and tasting notes, check your cellared wines to see the recommended drink window and their latest auction prices, or delve into the historical performance of the world's great collectibles. We've got it all!

HAVE YOU SEEN THE XVALUES APP REDESIGN? Wine lovers want great quality, but also value. To help you find great deals when you're shopping, try Wine Spectator's free, recently redesigned Xvalues app, highlighting high quality, widely available wines at affordable prices. This convenient, easy-to-use app for iPhone and iPad 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 it from the App Store!

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