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Oct 31, 2011

Angelo Gaja

Gaja’s success has put the spotlight squarely on him, but the vintner rejects the superhero image: "Because I traveled so much for my wines, people began to think Gaja is Angelo Gaja," he says. "This is not right."

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Cover Stories

Angelo Gaja: Italian Colossus

Angelo Gaja: Italian Colossus

At 71 years old, Angelo Gaja shows no signs of slowing down. He walks quickly and always with …
Oct 31, 2011
The Gaja Wines: Balancing Tradition and Innovation

The Gaja Wines: Balancing Tradition and Innovation

Angelo Gaja is a tireless innovator. When he joined his father in the family winery in 1961, they …
Oct 31, 2011

Tasting Reports

A Windfall of Italian Values

A Windfall of Italian Values

It is hard to beat the sheer scope of Italy's enticing wines, with interesting and delicious …
Oct 31, 2011
Two Sides of Tuscany

Two Sides of Tuscany

Tuscany is Italy's best-known wine region. Its rolling hills and steep scarps are home to dozens of …
Oct 31, 2011

Features

The Vanguard in Chicago

The Vanguard in Chicago

Chicago has some of the nation's most lauded restaurants. Those reviewed here reflect a vibrant, …
Oct 31, 2011
A Toast to Italy

A Toast to Italy

Trust the Italians to have figured out a civilized happy hour. Come late afternoon across the …
Oct 31, 2011

Grapevine

Pecorino Leads the Pack

Pecorino Leads the Pack

When you think of cheese in Tuscany, think of sheep. Just about all the Tuscan cheeses available in …
Oct 31, 2011
A Double Kick

A Double Kick

Wine Spectator 's Mark Pendergrast is like most coffee purists. He usually avoids hazelnut coffee …
Oct 31, 2011
Cellars 101: Costs of Buying at Auction

Cellars 101: Costs of Buying at Auction

You buy a case of wine at auction for $1,000. When the invoice arrives, the charges exceed $1,330, …
Oct 31, 2011
Harvest 2011 Begins As a Nailbiter

Harvest 2011 Begins As a Nailbiter

As harvest nears its conclusion across the Northern Hemisphere this month, vintners who are …
Oct 31, 2011
Escape From L.A.

Escape From L.A.

Actor Kurt Russell's passion for wine began in the early '80s, when he and partner Goldie Hawn took …
Oct 31, 2011
Tastes Of Italy, Autumn Whites, Big Reds and Wines from the West Coast

Tastes Of Italy, Autumn Whites, Big Reds and Wines from the West Coast

This mix of Italian reds, mainly from Tuscany, is perfect for pastas, soups, stews and braised …
Oct 31, 2011
Wine’s Link to Breast Cancer May Depend on Genes

Wine’s Link to Breast Cancer May Depend on Genes

Research on the link between alcohol and breast cancer is yielding new insights, but is also making …
Oct 31, 2011
Wine, Health  and You: Pass Me the Châteauneuf Sunblock?

Wine, Health and You: Pass Me the Châteauneuf Sunblock?

Sunburns are a painful price to pay for catching some rays. What's more, skin damage can lead to …
Oct 31, 2011
Wine Spectator Unveils New Wine Travel App

Wine Spectator Unveils New Wine Travel App

Wine Spectator has released an innovative new iPad app to help wine lovers make the most of their …
Oct 31, 2011
At Home With Marc & Pamela Murphy

At Home With Marc & Pamela Murphy

During the summer, Murphy, who is also is a regular on the Food Network show Chopped, and his wife, …
Oct 31, 2011

Departments

Brasato di Manzo With Rosso Conero

Brasato di Manzo With Rosso Conero

Chef Michael White is known for cooking refined, inventive Italian food in upscale restaurants. And …
Oct 31, 2011
Appellations Run Amok

Appellations Run Amok

How many winegrowing districts are there in California? It looks as if California has an advanced …
Oct 31, 2011
Have We Lost the Romance?

Have We Lost the Romance?

Wine Spectator 's Matt Kramer thinks it's altogether too easy to wax nostalgic about how things …
Oct 31, 2011
Are Locavores Also Locapours?

Are Locavores Also Locapours?

The locavore movement has had a huge impact on restaurant kitchens throughout the United States. No …
Oct 31, 2011
Letters

Letters

Oct 31, 2011
The Best of Italy

The Best of Italy

In this issue's cover story, you'll follow Angelo Gaja's amazing trajectory-where he came from, …
Oct 31, 2011

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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