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In the April 30, 2018 Issue

Tuscany's Bolgheri

"I came [to Bolgheri] in 1990 and fell in love with the landscape. I started tasting Sassicaia and Ornellaia and found that their international varieties were perfectly suited to the Bolgheri terroir."—Marilisa Allegrini of Poggio Al Tesoro

Marche: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Marche 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.

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

Cover Story

Discovering Italy - In the Spotlight: Three exciting regions for wine lovers
Giant Steps - Bolgheri, on the Tuscan coast, has evolved from an agricultural backwater to one of the world's premier winegrowing areas, home to a host of renowned brands. Now, as the pioneers are increasingly joined by eager newcomers, the region faces decisions about how much development to allow, and where
Rising Stars - Looking to emulate the success of Bolgheri's top wines, several estates have distinguished themselves for originality and quality
Bolgheri at a Glance - A concise guide to the major estates and bottlings of the region

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS: In a 6-part series, Ornellaia winemaker Axel Heinz and senior editor Bruce Sanderson discuss all things Bolgheri.

Features

Tasting Reports

Untapped Riches - Diversity is the name of the game in Italy's emerging Marche region, whose many wine styles are gaining market attention
FREE: Marche Alphabetical Listing - More than 60 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.
String of Successes - With vintages 2013 through 2016 in play, Piedmont delivers a full slate of impressive wines from Barolo, Barbaresco and more
FREE: Piedmont Alphabetical Listing - More than 635 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 VIDEOS: Our 4-part Best of Barolo video series features Piedmont wineries Renato Ratti, Paulo Scavino, Aldo Conterno and Massolino.

Mix and Match - Rhône-style wines from California are gaining strength, with blends and varietal versions from a cast of grapes
FREE: California Rhône Alphabetical Listing - More than 380 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 VIDEO: Meet four rock stars of the California Rhône-style wine movement-Anne-Marie Failla, Helen Keplinger, Annie Favia and Jordan Fiorentini

Travel

New Frontier - Marche, on Italy's Adriatic Coast, is a locals-only seaside oasis offering exceptional food and top-tier accommodations

WineSpectator.com: Follow contributing editor Robert Camuto's wine adventures in his twice-monthly Letter from Europe blog.

Wine

Stranger Things - This values guide goes off the beaten path to deliver lesser-known grapes at great prices

WineSpectator.com: Download the free Xvalues app: Wine Spectator's newest app features highly rated, easy-to-find wines that won't break the bank. Find it in the App Store!

Grapevine

Winemakers to Watch - 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.

Business

Battle Over Wine Shipping Heats Up - Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

World

California Wildfire Study Shows Hope
January Mudslides Kill 21 in Santa Barbara County
In Memoriam: Bruno Giacosa, Piedmont Great; Norbert Goldner, Florida Restaurateur

Savvy Shopper

Italian values, South American Sippers, California Knockouts

Cheese

Cowgirl Creamery's New Chapter - Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.

Spirits

American Single Malt Whiskeys - Members can reference our full archives of columns and other articles about spirits.

Travel

Sonoma Winery Celebration

Cellars / Collections

2017 Global Wine Auctions Report - U.S., Hong Kong and online sales rise; demand for red Burgundy holds strong

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube - Why Bordeaux matters

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 defense rests

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


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Celebrate the change of seasons with fresh new recipes from some of the country's best chefs. Whether you're celebrating Passover, Easter, a birthday or an anniversary, we'll make it easy, with meals just right for milder weather and our editors' picks of highly rated wines.

EDITORS' BLOGS Join the discussion as Wine Spectator senior editors plus our team of news and features writers blog about hot topics in current events and wine culture, their latest wine finds, dining discoveries, notes from their travels, conversations with people in the wine business and more.

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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.

  • Why Bordeaux Grapes Thrive in Bolgheri: Ornellaia is one of the super Tuscans that put Italy's Bolgheri on the map. Winemaker Axel Heinz explains why Cabernet and Merlot flourish here.
  • Quick Tip: Ordering Wine for the Group: Choosing a wine at a restaurant can be challenging, and when you're ordering for the table, the pressure is on! Mary Dewane of Sonoma's Benovia Winery offers some tips.
  • Wine Star John Alban: California Rhône-style wine pioneer John Alban took the stage at the 2017 Wine Experience.


2017 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Following the stellar 2015 and 2016 vintages, Bordeaux's 2017 growing season got off to a frigid start, with frosts that devastated some vineyards. But for those less affected, quality looks promising. It's a vintage of haves and have-nots, says senior editor James Molesworth, and that makes his annual trip to taste the young wines from barrel all the more critical. Which 2017s will be worth buying as futures? Look for his blog posts highlighting top châteaus and estates to watch. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of Bordeaux reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

COLLECTING GUIDANCE Adding to or culling your wine collection this year? Make smart decisions using our Auction Price Database, updated quarterly with the latest info from commercial auctions. Find out what your wine is worth before you sell, and track the recent performance of wines you want to buy. Plus, keep abreast of the latest auction news and market trends in our Collecting section, and sign up for our free twice-monthly Collecting email newsletter.

VALUE WINES Looking for wallet-friendly wines for weeknight meals? Didn't get a tax refund this year, or maybe you're planning a major home renovation or sending a kid off to college? You can still drink great bottles without spending a lot. Check our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Values from around the world.


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