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In the Nov. 15, 2017 Issue

Barbara Banke

"[At Jackson Family] we're always looking for that next perfect wine or perfect vineyard. That prospect of making something really great, discovering something new."—Barbara Banke

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

Cover Story

Chairman of the Board - Barbara Banke is the quiet force behind the juggernaut that is Jackson Family Wines, guiding teams at JFW's 47 environmentally conscious properties around the world while continuing to make strategic acquisitions of labels and land that will ensure the company’s success far into the future. For her decades of commitment to the wine industry, Banke is the recipient of Wine Spectator's 2017 Distinguished Service Award
Jackson Family Wines - A look at some of the major labels under the JFW umbrella, including scores, prices and production figures for selected recent releases


Tasting Reports

California Cabernet - The current release 2014 vintage continues the recent string of high quality years for the Golden State's premier red, with Napa joined by Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Cruz and other areas as sources of top wines
Rising Stars
The Case for Cabernet
Alphabetical Guide to California Cabernet Sauvignon
Loire Valley Victory - Back-to-back outstanding vintages in 2015 and 2016 break a long losing streak for this diverse French region
Loire Valley Alphabetical Listing - More than 350 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: Mixed Case blog: Cabernet Franc is trending: Find out why these Loire Valley reds have become darlings among somms.

Three Stars of Sauvignon Blanc - The Loire Valley’s Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre regions highlight the many expressions of this white variety


The 2017 Grand Tastings


Climb to the Top - Gérard and Chantal Perse rose from humble beginnings to elevate a group of neglected châteaus in Bordeaux's St.-Emilion to world-class status

WineSpectator.com: Bordeaux Futures 2016: Get the latest news and release prices for the top châteaus of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage.

Evolving Greatness - Over nearly 20 vintages, Gérard Perse has honed his top estate, Château Pavie
Destination St.-Emilion


Global Values - Scoring 90 or more points and priced at $25 or less, here are 150 reds and whites to enjoy right now

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FAQ: Drinking Games Through the Ages

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Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation Gifts Washington State University Wine Program


Chefs Join in Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

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

Wine Imports on the Rise in China
Napa Wine Merchant Accused of Fraud
Thirst Games


Alsatian Tarte Flambée

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


Whisky Barrels

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


Williamsburg, Va.


2007 California Cabernet - The 2007 California Cabernets raised the bar


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Piedmont Reds, New Zealand Values and 2015s from France


James Laube - Boxed wine

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 - Price vs. palate

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.)

A Perfect Match

Short Ribs and Cabernet

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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.

  • St. Helena Style: Learn what makes this Napa Valley subappellation special with Sinegal Estate winemaker Ryan Knoth.
  • Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc: How do the lively whites of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé compare? Loire vintner Arnaud Saget presents the two side by side.

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GLOSSARY OF WINE TERMS Unfamiliar with a word on a label or in a tasting note? Check our glossary—with audio pronunciations.

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