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In the Oct. 15, 2018 Issue

California Pinot Noir

Once upon a time, there was barely enough good Pinot Noir in California to slake one's thirst. All the best vineyard sites had been discovered, and wine styles were set in stone. There were no more gems to be found. Or so we thought.

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

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

Cover Story

California Pinot Noir Ascendant
- More wines. Better wines. Refined styles. New terroirs. Single vineyards. Regional blends. It's all happening and more as Pinot Noir's popularity soars and winemakers bring their aggregate experience to bear on this much-loved grape.
Fast Track - As Pinot Noir's popularity surges, California vintners keep pace with more and better bottlings
Wineries to Watch - Profiles of four producers pursuing their passion for Pinot in emerging terroirs
Alphabetical Guide - Scores and prices for more than 700 new releases of California Pinot Noir

WineSpectator.com: VIDEO Retro Pinot: Check out this California Pinot throwback video from 1983.


Tasting Reports

Style and Substance - Spain cultivates a spectrum of wines from a range of grapes and climes, so whether you prefer your reds elegant or powerful, your whites marked by finesse or by generosity, there are choices galore
FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing - More than 1,600 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.

Trading Up - New Zealand's wine industry stands on the shoulders of its value-priced Sauvignon Blancs, but many vintners are adding more serious bottlings, both red and white, to their lineups
FREE: New Zealand Alphabetical Listing - More than 335 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.


Priorat Retrospective - A tasting of 20 wines from five top producers across three decades speaks to the evolution of the region's modern style

WineSpectator.com: VIDEO Victor Urrutia's Classic Cune: Cune's CEO leads a tasting of Imperial Gran Reserva 1976.

Under-the-Radar Values - Our list of 110 smaller-production reds, whites and rosés worth seeking out for distinctive character at affordable prices



Napa's Duckhorn Buys Sonoma Star Kosta Browne

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


France Calls Foul on Fraudulent Rosés
In Brief: France's AXA Millésimes Expands to Napa; Sonoma's Wind Gap Wines Sold
In Memoriam: Auguste Clape, Legendary Rhône Vintner


Delectable American Originals from Wisconsin


Wine and Food in Sonoma County's Petaluma

WineSpectator.com: Find more than 3,700 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners.

Wine Auctions

First-Half 2018 Commercial Auction Results

WineSpectator.com: Our free eletter features top wines, collecting Q&As and more.

Cellars / Collections

Racer-Turned-Vintner Danica Patrick’s Scottsdale, Ariz., Home - The driver-turned-vintner offers a tour of her Arizona digs


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Global Whites, Italian Gems, Southern Hemisphere Bargains


James Laube - Front row seat

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.

Bruce Sanderson - Gardien des grands millésimes

A Perfect Match

Duck Breast with Red Burgundy

WineSpectator.com: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from chef Jim Palmeri of Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y. Get it for free and watch a video clip about the pairing.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

VOTE IN THE 2018 VIDEO CONTEST! Original short wine videos have been pouring in to Wine Spectator's 12th annual video contest. On Sept. 10, we'll post the finalists so you can vote for your favorite. The winner receives a pair of tickets to our spectacular Wine Experience weekend. The top video will be revealed Sept. 18. In the meantime, check out previous years' finalists.

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