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In the Nov. 15, 2018 Issue

Thomas Rivers Brown

"One thing I realized about wine is that you can never know everything there is to know. That appealed to my intellectual curiosity."—Thomas Rivers Brown

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

Skin-Contact Whites: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Skin-Contact white wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

The Midas Touch - Thomas Rivers Brown is one of California’s most in-demand winemakers, with a hand in many of Napa’s and Sonoma’s most sought-after bottlings. Combining a craftsman’s precision with an artist’s intuition, the South Carolina transplant is set to join the modern pantheon of California’s most influential vintners
Selected Recent Releases - A sampling of Brown’s top wines from among roughly 150 bottlings made across some 45 producers

Features

Tasting Reports

Grace Under Pressure - Despite drought, California Cabernet producers delivered an excellent crop of wines in 2015, with Napa’s elite joined by wallet-friendly options from Sonoma and beyond
Triple Play - France’s Loire Valley offers a slate of impressive wines from three outstanding vintages
FREE: Loire Alphabetical Listing - More than 240 wines were reviewed for this report.

WineSpectator.com: Members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: Recipes For Diverse Wines: Cook up a feast to match red, white or sweet wines, with tips from kitchen masters.

Travel

Porto’s Pleasures - Wine and dining options abound in this revitalized city at the mouth of the Douro

WineSpectator.com: Robert Camuto At Large: Our contributing editor writes frequently on his adventures around Europe.

Events

Wine Experience Grand Tastings Lineup

People

Oregon Icons - Domaine Serene's Grace and Ken Evenstad earn Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award
Fast Track - In just over a decade, Argentinian businessman Alejandro Bulgheroni has assembled a portfolio of 13 wineries on four continents

Wine

Skin-Contact White Wines from Italy and Slovenia - Italy and Slovenia excel with white wines that rely on extended skin contact
FREE: Skin-Contact Whites Alphabetical Listing - More than 45 wines were reviewed for this report.

WineSpectator.com: Members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

The Seely Factor - A 21-vintage vertical tasting of Quinta do Noval Ports reveals the strides made at the historic house under the tenure of Christian Seely

Grapevine

Secrets of the Sommeliers

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

Health

Experts Spar Over Health Risks of Drinking

WineSpectator.com: Keep on top of the latest research, and get answers to your most pressing questions.

Savvy Shopper

Spanish Stars, French Favorites, Picks from Austria

Cheese

Bark-Wrapped Delights

Coffee

A Novel Approach to Processing Beans

Travel

New York City Hot Spots

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

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube - Napa cult classic

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 - A meal to remember in Paris

A Perfect Match

Cauliflower Tagine with a Sicilian red

WineSpectator.com: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from chef Perry Hendrix of Avec in Chicago, Ill. Get it for free and watch a video clip about the pairing.


The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us Oct. 18–20 for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event will bring the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

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

WINE CHALLENGE From the basics of tasting to trivia about your favorite grapes, regions and styles, test your knowledge of all things wine by taking our quizzes. Every two weeks, we post a new set of questions.

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.

  • 2018 Video Contest Winner Revealed: The votes are in. After another year of strong entries, our Video Contest finalists and winner have been announced. Watch them, and learn more about the people who brought these stories to life.
  • Green Harvesting: In the middle of the growing season, workers in Napa Valley's Eisele Vineyard remove clusters of Cabernet grapes from the weakest shoots on each vine. Winemaker Hélène Mingot explains this fine-tuning process.
  • A Perfect Match: Roasted Cauliflower and Nero d'Avola: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from chef Perry Hendrix of Avec in Chicago.


RECIPE SEARCH Plan your holiday meal with the help of our pairing tool. Planning to serve a Bordeaux-style red? We'll turn up ideal recipes such as roast prime rib, grilled rack of lamb and French onion soup. Prefer Chardonnay? You'll find dozens of salad, seafood and poultry dishes. We've got you covered from starters to sides to sweets.

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