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In the June 15, 2018 Issue

Sonoma Wine Country

Healdsburg and the Alexander Valley make a distinctive combination: an increasingly posh and prosperous small town in a wine region that retains all of Sonoma County's old-time charm.

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

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

Cover Story

Return to Form - In October 2017, as wildfires raged across Northern California, many feared a sad fate for wine country. Today, though hurdles to recovery remain, community efforts to rebuild are bearing fruit, with tourism on the rise and wineries optimistic about the future
In the Fires' Wake - A look back at the wildfire events and an update on North Bay wine country
In the Eye of the Firestorm - Chris Coursey, mayor of Sonoma wine country’s largest city, looks ahead
The Soul of Sonoma - The small town of Healdsburg has become a mecca for wine and food lovers, with scores of locavore restaurants and tasting salons pouring the region’s best
Sonoma's Heartland - Sonoma Valley is open for business, welcoming visitors with comfortable lodgings, artisanal eateries and historic wine estates

WineSpectator.com: EXCLUSIVE WINE SPECTATOR VIDEOS: Watch our videos shot on location at some of the wineries affected by the devastating wildfires.

Worth Discovering - Wine Spectator California editors' favorites for fun and flavor

Features

Tasting Reports

Summer Sauvignons - Innovative producers are rethinking old styles to give California Sauvignon Blanc the royal treatment
FREE: California Sauvignon Blanc Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 185 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: Because It's Always Afternoon Somewhere: Sir Peter Michael recounts convincing winemaker Helen Turley to make his L'Après-Midi Sauvignon Blanc.

Cape Crusaders - South African vintners showed their mettle in a spate of challenging vintages, resulting in a range of fine bottlings sure to woo stateside drinkers
FREE: South Africa Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 250 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: Chenin Blanc vs. Pinotage: Carl Van Der Merwe of De Morgenzon and Abrie Beeslaar from Kanonkop square off in this Cape debate.

Wine

Pop Stars - This selection of well-priced sparkling wines from around the world promises plenty of options for entertaining

Grapevine

Business

Fraud Cases Roil French Wine Industry

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

World

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey Put Wine on Film
In Memoriam: Robert Haas; Nicolaus Hahn
Meininger Honors Publisher Marvin R. Shanken

Science

Investigating Smoke Taint in California

Savvy Shopper

Winning Zinfandels, Old World Picks, Must-try Malbecs

Cheese

Mr. Moo

Chocolate

Make Your Own Bars

Things We Like

Fine Olive Oils

Travel

Wine Offerings In Maui

WineSpectator.com: WHERE TO EAT ON THE ROAD: 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.

Retrospective

2008 Oregon Pinot Noir - Oregon’s 2008 Pinot Noirs have shed their firm tannins yet retain their vitality

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube - Napa's dark side

WineSpectator.com: WHAT'S ON OUR MINDS? Check out our senior editors' blogs for discussions of hot-button issues in the wine industry, winemaker conversations, musings and more.

Matt Kramer - In search of greatness

WineSpectator.com: DRINKING OUT LOUD: Find more of Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions.

A Perfect Match

Black Bass With Oregon Pinot Blanc

WineSpectator.com: WANT THE RECIPE? Get it for free and watch a video clip about the pairing.


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, new-release wines recommended by our editors.

VALUE WINE PICKS Wine Spectator's free Xvalues app for iOS features a regularly updated library of our editors' latest reviews of highly rated, widely available wines, and highlights five categories: top values ($12 or less); reds ($20 or less); whites ($20 or less); sparklers ($40 or less); and picks for upcoming seasons or holidays. Look for it in the App Store!

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:

  • Wine Country Wildfires: In these Wine Spectator exclusive videos, we go on location with some of the Napa and Sonoma winemakers affected by the devastating wildfires.
  • A Perfect Match: Black Bass With Oregon Pinot Blanc: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from Durham chef Andrea Reusing.
  • Why Go Biodynamic? Leading French vintner Gérard Bertrand explains how biodynamic practices influence vineyards and wines.


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? Catch up on his blog posts highlighting top châteaus and estates to watch. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for more than 250 Bordeaux reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

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