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1997 Italy Retrospective
Dec 15, 2007

1997 Italy Retrospective

Cover Stories

Golden Vintage,  Golden Wines

Golden Vintage, Golden Wines

Just about every great wine-producing country or region has a benchmark vintage, one that not only …
Dec 15, 2007
Golden Vintage,  Golden Wines: Reflections on 1997

Golden Vintage, Golden Wines: Reflections on 1997

The 1997 harvest in Italy opened a new chapter in that country's long wine history. It marked a …
Dec 15, 2007

Tasting Reports

Malbec Laps The Field

Malbec Laps The Field

Over the past decade, Malbec has become the leading varietal in Argentina's still-emerging wine …
Dec 15, 2007
Riesling Takes the Lead

Riesling Takes the Lead

Wine drinkers seeking balanced, fragrant white wines can look to Australia for Chardonnay and, …
Dec 15, 2007
Piedmont's Atypical Quality

Piedmont's Atypical Quality

Sometimes you have to disregard the reputation or style of a particular wine in order to recognize …
Dec 15, 2007
Spain's Ascent of Quality

Spain's Ascent of Quality

There's nothing like a great vintage to showcase an emerging wine region. When grapes achieve …
Dec 15, 2007
Argentina Alphabetical Listing

Argentina Alphabetical Listing

These wines were tasted for the Argentina report in the Dec. 15, 2007, issue of Wine Spectator …
Nov 15, 2007

Features

Mario Batali Goes West

Mario Batali Goes West

Mario Batali, whose energetic style of cooking has made him a familiar face on the Food Network, …
Dec 15, 2007
The Joy of Pairing

The Joy of Pairing

More than ever before, ambitious chefs not only have to master the cuisine they prepare, they must …
Dec 15, 2007
Gifts They Can Use

Gifts They Can Use

Your wine-loving friends can be tough to buy presents for. They have a lot of wine already—and …
Dec 15, 2007
No Surrender

No Surrender

Two words trigger strong reactions in Bordeaux these days: Bernard Magrez. Eyebrows rise and jaws …
Dec 15, 2007
Finding Success on a Shoestring

Finding Success on a Shoestring

Standing still doesn't suit Ulises Valdez, the owner of Valdez Family Winery and Valdez & Sons …
Dec 15, 2007

Grapevine

Gold at Discount Prices

Gold at Discount Prices

Historically, wines from Italy do not perform at auction like those from Bordeaux and Burgundy. But …
Dec 15, 2007
Fall Auctions Are Off to a Strong Start

Fall Auctions Are Off to a Strong Start

Weeks before the commencement of the fall auction season, collectors and auctioneers debated how …
Dec 15, 2007
Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Espresso Change-o

Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Espresso Change-o

Home espresso machines are sort of like personal computers. Just when you get comfortable with one, …
Dec 15, 2007
Tastes: Los Angeles Hot Spot: Craft

Tastes: Los Angeles Hot Spot: Craft

Chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio—who is enjoying a burgeoning television career these days—start…
Dec 15, 2007
Tastes: Wine in a Box ... in a Box

Tastes: Wine in a Box ... in a Box

Box wines keep getting better in quality, but their reputation has been slow to change. Even if the …
Dec 15, 2007
Tastes: Chocolate: What's Weird?

Tastes: Chocolate: What's Weird?

I've been tasting—not just eating—chocolate for some years now. (Oh, all right, eating attentively.…
Dec 15, 2007
Ohio Curtails Residents' Direct Wine Shipments

Ohio Curtails Residents' Direct Wine Shipments

Ohio residents will no longer be able to have certain wines delivered to their doorsteps. On Oct. …
Dec 15, 2007
Wine & Health: Mediterranean Diet Helps Alzheimer's Patients Live Longer

Wine & Health: Mediterranean Diet Helps Alzheimer's Patients Live Longer

A new study published in the Sept. 11 issue of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of …
Dec 15, 2007
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Wine Spectator Video Contest">"A Toast to the Little Guys" Wins First Wine Spectator Video Contest

Coppola. Scorcese. Hunken and Christine? Well, maybe not yet, but the two are off to a great start. …
Dec 15, 2007
Italian Finds Success With Pinot Noir in Argentina

Italian Finds Success With Pinot Noir in Argentina

Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, a member of the Italian winemaking family who owns Tuscany's Tenuta …
Dec 15, 2007
Château Pétrus Winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet Retires

Château Pétrus Winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet Retires

After 44 vintages, the technical director of Château Pétrus in Pomerol has decided to retire. The …
Dec 15, 2007
Stars of Food and Film Team Up For Cooking Show

Stars of Food and Film Team Up For Cooking Show

When most people think about road trips, they think of greasy fast food. But when public television …
Dec 15, 2007
GrapeVine

GrapeVine

< Race-car driver Danica Patrick , 25, now in her third year on the Indy Racing circuit, said in …
Dec 15, 2007
Wine Talk: Don Garber

Wine Talk: Don Garber

Don Garber, 50, is the commissioner of Major League Soccer, the premier professional soccer league …
Dec 15, 2007

Departments

Blind Vision

Blind Vision

Movie reviewers have it easy. They sit in a theater and report their reactions to what they see, …
Dec 15, 2007
How Greatness Happens

How Greatness Happens

VOSNE-ROMANÉE, France—"We're only human," said Aubert de Villaine, 69, in a near-whisper. It was …
Dec 15, 2007
Making a Case for Champagne at the Table

Making a Case for Champagne at the Table

Most people I know enjoy beginning a good meal with a glass of Champagne. But how many have tried …
Dec 15, 2007
The Best White Wine That You're Not Drinking

The Best White Wine That You're Not Drinking

"And do you want to taste the white, too?" That's the question I'm often asked by producers in …
Dec 15, 2007
This Issue: A Benchmark Vintage From Italy

This Issue: A Benchmark Vintage From Italy

Great vintages produce great wines. They can also define new styles and bring entire regions into …
Dec 15, 2007

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW-TRADING POST  Find special wine offers, including great values and hard-to-find collectibles, from a select group of premier retailers. Search by wine or winery or sort by specific criteria. Our retailers' offers change frequently, so check in often for the best deals.

RHÔNE BLOG  Senior editor James Molesworth will be blogging during his trip through the Northern Rhône Valley, where he'll be tasting the last of the bottled 2005s. He'll also get a first look at the 2006 vintage and a sneak peek at the just-fermented 2007s. Get the scoop on the wines to look for.

WINERY SEARCH  Plan your tour through wine country using our recently revamped Winery Search tool-now with reviews, photos and interactive maps. Search by region to find out which wineries are near you, and get information on hours of operation, tours and tasting fees.


TOP 100 COUNTDOWN:  On Nov. 12, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2007, culminating in the Wine of the Year on Nov. 16. The complete Top 100 list will follow on Nov. 19. The names of the wines will be available to all our readers, but you must be a subscriber to get the tasting notes. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

TAKE THE CHALLENGE  We're putting your wine knowledge to the test with our fun new wine quiz. See how well you do against other readers.

VIDEOS:  We now have more than 175 videos, including ones on:

  • Argentina: Get the scoop on three hot picks, plus top producers and regions.
  • 2003 Barolo: Learn about a pair of the best wines from this unusually hot vintage in Piedmont.
  • Spain: Discover the country's revolutionary new wines with vintner Miguel Torres Jr.
  • Italy: Find out why 1997 was a watershed year for the country from producers such as Antinori, Frescobaldi and Gaja.

TURKEY TIPS  Get seasonal recipes and fresh ideas for your holiday meal, plus recommended wine matches for the bird and all its trimmings.

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