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In the Dec. 15, 2018 Issue

Tillman Fertitta

For wine lovers, the most beautiful feature of Fertitta's Post Oak hotel is tucked away on the fourth floor. It's the wine cellar—30,000 bottles filled out by as many large-format and rare wines as he can get his hands on.

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

Cover Story

Texas-Sized Hospitality - Tilman Fertitta's global restaurant empire of nearly 600 steak houses and seafood venues is built around his core philosophy of keeping customers happy. To that end, the Houston-based entrepreneur is going big on wine, elevating his wine lists and wine service company-wide.
Landry's Group at a Glance - An overview of the myriad restaurants under Fertitta's umbrella


Tasting Reports

Gold Standard - Few of the world's wine regions perform as consistently as Champagne, with non-vintage and vintage wines alike delivering wow factor
FREE: Champagne Alphabetical Listing - More than 325 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.


Jimmy Russell - Wild Turkey's longtime master distiller has been seminal in the Bourbon revival we see today

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


Dom Pérignon - An inside look at this iconic label, guided by retiring chef de cave Richard Geoffroy, reveals the brand to be more than just a pretty face

WineSpectator.com: 3 Vintages of Dom Pérignon Oenothèque: Richard Geoffroy poured the 1996, '90 and '75 vintages at the 2011 Wine Experience.

Lodi Looks Ahead - Nestled in California's fertile Central Valley, the workhorse Lodi region is emerging as a source of appellation-designated wines



Pesticide Drift Affects Texas Vineyards

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


Oregon Vintners Claim Misleading Advertising on California-made Wines from Oregon Fruit
Supreme Court Takes Wine Retailer Case
'The Soul of Barolo' Wins Wine Spectator’s  2018 Video Contest


Gift Guide: Cheese - Finely crafted tools that tell a story

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


Gift Guide: Chocolate - Eminent restaurant professionals weigh in with chocolate


Gift Guide: Coffee - Recommended gear for grinding, brewing and sipping the strong stuff at home

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


Gift Guide: Travel - Six gift ideas for wine lovers on the go

Wine Auctions

Charity Events in Sonoma
Washington State Exceed Expected Revenues

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


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

French Whites, the Best of Tuscany and Piedmont, Global Values


Harvey Steiman - Ted Baseler
Kim Marcus - The test of time

A Perfect Match

New York Strip Steak with a Chilean Red

WineSpectator.com: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from Linton Hopkins, chef-owner of C. Ellet's in Atlanta. Get it for free and watch a video clip about the pairing.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 12, we begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2018—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!

FIND THE WORLD'S BEST WINE LISTS With more than 3,700 award winners for 2018, search for the perfect dining spot by city, wine strengths, cuisine type, award level and more. Our free online Restaurant Search lets you easily find the award winners nearest to you, with helpful maps. You can also find all our great dining articles in one convenient location: restaurant guides, sommelier and chef interviews, new openings and more.

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