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In the April 30, 2019 Issue

Italian Gems

Across the historic vineyard regions of Italy, distinctive wines deeply rooted in their landscapes and cultures are waiting to be discovered by wine lovers in the United States. Here are a few to inspire your exploration.

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

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

Cover Story

Ancient Grapes, Modern Wines, Cultural Treasures - Italy is a rich source of pleasures, vinous, culinary and cultural. But even the savviest of wine lovers may not have discovered all the country has to offer. In this story, we explore six grapes with centuries of Italian history, all of them quietly flourishing and making distinctive wines in vineyards less-traveled. You’ll also find lists of recommended wines, and for those inspired to visit these regions we’ve included profiles of exemplary restaurants and heritage sites.
Pinot Bianco
Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Nero d'Avola


Tasting Reports

Clear Skies in Piedmont - The 2014 Barolos join a spate of standout vintages, giving consumers a bounty of quality quaffs from this elite Italian region
FREE: Piedmont Alphabetical Listing - More than 635 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: Video Lamb Chops and Nebbiolo:  Get the free recipe and video for lamb scottadito with artichokes.

California Rhône Renaissance - Producers are paying increasing attention to tannin management in their reds, while the white wines are drawing fans for their balance and affinity with food
FREE: California Rhône Alphabetical Listing - More than 400 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: VIDEO California Rhône Rock Stars: Four top winemakers talk Syrah, Grenache and more.


New World Values - Whether you're seeking familiar favorites at accessible prices or hoping to explore new styles without breaking the bank, here are 100 bottles that deliver the goods.

WineSpectator.com: Wine Spectator's Free Xvalues App: Get our newest most highly rated, easy-to-find value wines!


Supreme Court Weighs Wine Law - A case involving Tennessee retailers could have broad implications

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


Napa's Rombauer Expands
Naples Winter Wine Auction Raises $16 Million for Charity
Wine Fit for Pelicans


U.S. Chèvre Master Judy Schad

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


Visiting Verona, Italy

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

Wine Auctions

2018 Sets Global Auction Sales Record

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


This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Cool-Climate California, Racy Rieslings, Continental Cornucopia


Kim Marcus - Up on Atlas Peak
James Molesworth - Fresh perspective at Troplong-Mondot

A Perfect Match

Pork Tenderloin with Grenache

WineSpectator.com: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from executive chef and partner Chris Royster of the grand award winning Flagstaff House in Boulder, Colo. Get it for free and watch a video clip—about the pairing.

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

SPRING ENTERTAINING  Celebrate the change of seasons with fresh new recipes from some of the country's best chefs. Whether you're celebrating Passover, Easter, a birthday or an anniversary, we'll make it easy and delicious, with meals just right for milder weather and our editors' picks of highly rated wines.

PRIVATE GUIDE TO DINING  Our free, twice-monthly email newsletter spotlights the best restaurants for wine lovers, from bucket-list destinations to perfect pizza places. Get great wine picks for dining out, keep on top of drinks trends, learn about new restaurant openings and more. Sign up!

Wine Spectator VIDEO  Watch all our informative wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.

2018 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Coming soon:  The 2018 growing season got off to a rough start, but ideal autumn weather has vignerons optimistic for an excellent if small crop. Senior editor James Molesworth makes his annual trip to taste the young wines from barrel this spring. Which 2018s will be worth buying as futures? Look for his upcoming reports highlighting top châteaus and estates to watch. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of Bordeaux reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

385,000+ WINE REVIEWS  We've hit a new milestone in our online library of expert wine ratings. Use our powerful search to find the latest scores and tasting notes (we blind-tasted more than 15,000 wines in 2018 alone), check the recommended drink window and latest auction prices on your cellared wines.

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