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In the Nov. 30, 2018 Issue

Rhône Valley

"2016 is something totally new. We don't have words for it yet. When you pour the wine and see its color, it's so dark. But then the wine is so fresh, the tannins so integrated. We don't know why, but it's doing its thing."—Mounir Saouma

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

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

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

Cover Story

Rhône Valley Spectacular
- This monumental French region soars to new heights on the wings of the classic-scoring 2016 vintage. Our editors explore its top terroirs and profile enterprising estates and ambitious winemakers.
Close to Perfection - The Southern Rhône yields bold, sumptuous reds and pure, energetic whites in the benchmark 2016 vintage, while the North follows up its blockbuster 2015s with ripe, focused reds and its best whites since 2006
FREE: Rhône Valley Alphabetical Listing - More than 935 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.

Châteauneuf Upstarts - Four new faces in this storied appellation are pushing the envelope of Rhône winemaking
Jurassic Grenache - Once a second-tier player in the Southern Rhône, Gigondas is upping its game with stunning reds from its prehistoric terroirs
Producers to Know in Gigondas
ABCs of the Southern Rhône - A concise guide to the appellations, grapes and wines of this complex region

WineSpectator.com: Molesworth in the Rhône: In-depth, first-hand reports from more than a dozen top estates.

WineSpectator.com: Jurassic Terroir: What shaped the terroirs of Gigondas? Geologist Georges Truc knows.

Features

Tasting Reports

Valley Views - California Merlot shows its range, with distinctive versions from the 2015 vintage sourced from Napa’s mountains and valleys
FREE: California Merlot Alphabetical Listing - More than 135 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.

Entertaining

Chicago Classic - The team at Booth One, led by restaurateur Rich Melman and chef Doug Psaltis, presents an upscale menu of contemporary takes on quintessential dishes, matched with wines

Wine

Austria's Appeal - This diverse country offers an array of great choices, despite challenges in recent vintages
FREE: Austria Alphabetical Listing - More than 265 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.

Grapevine

Archaeologists Identify Site of Biblical Wine Miracle

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

World

Great Oregon Wine Company Buys Neighboring Duck Pond Estate
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Crush It in Napa
In Memoriam: Ulises Valdez, Top Vineyard Manager; Kent Rosenblum, Zinfandel Champion; Giuseppe Rinaldi, Barolo Stalwart

Cheese

A Hearty Cheese “Soup” from Northwest Italy

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

Spirits

The Rebirth of Cognac Cocktails

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

Travel

Exploring Gigondas

WineSpectator.com: The World's Best Restaurants for Wine: Find more than 3,700 Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners

Retrospective

A 30-Year Vertical Tasting of Tuscany’s Iconic Masseto Merlot - A 30-year retrospective tasting showcases Masseto since its debut vintage

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Rhône Winners, California Reds, Australian Charmers

Columns

Harvey Steiman - Grand cru beef
James Molesworth - Preserving vineyard heritage

A Perfect Match

Roast Chicken with Beaujolais

WineSpectator.com: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from chef Andy Little of Josephine in Nashville, Tenn. Get it for free and watch a video clip about the pairing.


The Buying Guide


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TOP 100 COUNTDOWN   On Nov. 12, we begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2018—complete with videos, tasting notes and more—culminating with the Wine of the Year on Nov. 16 and the complete Top 100 list on Nov. 19. Don't miss the year's most exciting wines!

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE  Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed at this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars. Our full coverage of the event, held Oct. 18–20, brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

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