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40th Anniversary
Nov 15, 2016

40th Anniversary

Wine Spectator has observed—and sometimes helped shape—the evolution of the wine world over the past 40 years. In this anniversary issue, we track the personalities, the wines and the times since our founding.

Cover Stories

1976-1985

1976-1985

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1986–1995

1986–1995

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1996–2005

1996–2005

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2006–2016

2006–2016

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A Gallery of Covers

A Gallery of Covers

Wine Spectator magazine covers have been graced by important people, places and trends in the …
Nov 15, 2016

Tasting Reports

Taking It Easy

Taking It Easy

France's Alsace wine producers make vibrant, structured whites and luscious, ageworthy dessert …
Nov 15, 2016
Hard Knocks

Hard Knocks

Following the erratic 2013 growing season, the 2014 vintage was a challenge for Rhône vignerons. An …
Nov 15, 2016

Features

The 2016 Grand Tastings

The 2016 Grand Tastings

Wine Spectator 's annual Wine Experience offers an unrivaled collection of great wines. The 2016 …
Nov 15, 2016
Mel Dick: A Life in Wine

Mel Dick: A Life in Wine

Mel Dick is one of the world's most powerful wine executives and this year's recipient of Wine …
Nov 15, 2016

Grapevine

Smashing the Taboo: Scallops Au Gratin

Smashing the Taboo: Scallops Au Gratin

Wine Spectator 's David Gibbons believes that seafood and cheese-properly orchestrated—is not just …
Nov 15, 2016
In Memoriam: Margrit Biever Mondavi, Greg Walter and Vernon Singleton

In Memoriam: Margrit Biever Mondavi, Greg Walter and Vernon Singleton

Wine Spectator 's Augustus Weed and James Laube report the sad news of the passing of notable wine …
Nov 15, 2016
Cans Crack Wine's Glass Ceiling

Cans Crack Wine's Glass Ceiling

As winemakers and merchants compete for younger consumers, they're are finding success by opting …
Nov 15, 2016
Rum Revival

Rum Revival

Rum is famously unbounded by geography and regulation and little authority exists to police its …
Nov 15, 2016
A Day at the Farm

A Day at the Farm

Wine Spectator 's Samantha Falewee and Robert Taylor have a few ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving …
Nov 15, 2016

Departments

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

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

Web Exclusive Content

LOOKING BACK ON 40 YEARS In our website companion to this 40th anniversary issue, you'll find mobile-friendly photo galleries, a Q&A with editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken about Wine Spectator's history and its role in the development of American wine culture, and more than 20 videos with leading winemakers of the past four decades. Historic clips feature André Tchelistcheff and Ernest and Julio Gallo, along with "How to Describe Wine" (circa 1983). Plus, Shanken describes his most memorable Wine Experience.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Join us Oct. 20 to 22 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. Relive your favorite moments or catch up on what you missed.

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

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video.

  • 2016 Video Contest Winners: Cute sheep, killer photography, heartwarming family albums and amazing feats of engineering. Our editors chose the finalists from this cornucopia of entries, then our viewers voted for their favorites. Pour a glass of wine, grab some popcorn and don't miss the winners, finalists and honorable mentions from Wine Spectator's 10th Annual Video Contest at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2016.
  • Best of Barolo With Conterno: The three sons of Piedmont legend Aldo Conterno continue his winemaking tradition in Bussia, within the village of Monforte d'Alba. Franco Conterno describes the steep Cicala vineyard and the character of the wines from this great site as he pours the 98-point 2010 vintage.
  • Best of Barolo With Massolino: The village of Serralunga d'Alba is home to some of Barolo's top vineyards, including Margheria, owned by the Massolino family. Learn about their history, the vineyard and its wines with Franco Massolino as he shares the 96-point 2010 vintage.
  • Lettuce Farmer to Pinot Noir Star: Some folks called Gary Pisoni crazy when he started growing grapes in Salinas, which is now California's up-and-coming Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Crazy or brilliant, you can't help smiling along with the irrepressible Pisoni as he tells his story.

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