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Nov 15, 2009

California Cabernet

California is in the midst of a strong run of Cabernet vintages, with a variety of styles on offer, from sleek and elegant to bold and extravagant.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Stories

2006 Cabernet

2006 Cabernet

California is in the midst of a strong run of Cabernet vintages. The wines from 2006-the most …
Nov 15, 2009
Wineries to Watch

Wineries to Watch

Five rising wine stars are making names for themselves in Napa
Nov 15, 2009
Cabernet Q&A

Cabernet Q&A

Winemaker Andy Erickson’s résumé reads like a who’s who of great Napa Valley Cabernet estates. In …
Nov 15, 2009
Top Wines and Recommended Values

Top Wines and Recommended Values

James Laube's Recommended Zinfandels From California (in PDF Format)
Nov 15, 2009

Tasting Reports

Star Power From Alsace

Star Power From Alsace

Alsace is a shining star in 2007, a vintage in which many of France's major wine regions struggled. …
Nov 15, 2009

Features

High Steaks Eating

High Steaks Eating

Recession or no, Americans' taste for steak has remained as strong as the Goldman Sachs bonus …
Nov 15, 2009
The End of an Era at Sebastiani

The End of an Era at Sebastiani

For more than a century, Sebastiani Vineyards beat the odds. Founded in 1904, it ranks among the …
Nov 15, 2009
Potel's Persistence

Potel's Persistence

Nicolas Potel is a big believer in energy. The Burgundian winemaker often talks of it as if it's …
Nov 15, 2009
Growth & Acquisition

Growth & Acquisition

When William "Bill" Foley purchased Sebastiani winery for an estimated $50 million last December, …
Nov 15, 2009
Family Man

Family Man

At Christmastime in 1997, Bill Deutsch was lying next to the pool at his Florida vacation home with …
Nov 15, 2009
Murder by Malbec

Murder by Malbec

Stanley Sour, the universally loathed owner of Sour Grapes Winery, was found dead on Wednesday …
Nov 15, 2009
Mystery Solved

Mystery Solved

Murder by Malbec puzzle solutions.
Nov 15, 2009

Grapevine

Faced with Slumping Sales, Champagne Reduces Yields

Faced with Slumping Sales, Champagne Reduces Yields

With the recession hurting sales, Champagne producers have decided to reduce volume during the 2009 …
Nov 15, 2009
Christie’s Broadbent Sues Book Publisher

Christie’s Broadbent Sues Book Publisher

British wine critic Michael Broadbent has sued Random House, publishers of The Billionaire’s …
Nov 15, 2009
Kendall-Jackson Owner Seeks New Name for a Mountain

Kendall-Jackson Owner Seeks New Name for a Mountain

Jess Jackson has a reputation for thinking big, but when it was revealed in early September that …
Nov 15, 2009
The Lofty Highball

The Lofty Highball

Much applause is due the strict constructionists who have done so much to win back the cocktail. …
Nov 15, 2009
Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper

Pure-tasting fruit flavors and firm structures are the hallmarks of reds from the Southern Rhône …
Nov 15, 2009
Winemaker Q&A: Doug Margerum

Winemaker Q&A: Doug Margerum

Doug Margerum thought he was out of the restaurant business. But after the Wine Cask, the Santa …
Nov 15, 2009
New Owners for California Pinot Noir Star Kosta Browne

New Owners for California Pinot Noir Star Kosta Browne

The owners of Kosta Browne, the popular Sonoma winery that has made dozens of outstanding Pinot …
Nov 15, 2009
Pack It Up

Pack It Up

We get a lot of wine totes, luggage and shipping products here at the Grapevine. Many of them don't …
Nov 15, 2009
Napa Olive Oil

Napa Olive Oil

In 2000, Napa Valley residents Lillian and Richard Dickson planted 1,200 olive trees on land in …
Nov 15, 2009
Kermit’s Audio Cuvée

Kermit’s Audio Cuvée

"It's just as fun as anything can be, I think," says wine importer Kermit Lynch on his experiences …
Nov 15, 2009
There’s a Method to the Mixing

There’s a Method to the Mixing

Every step of the chocolate-making process, from plant to bar, is important. But one of those steps …
Nov 15, 2009
Two Is Better Than One

Two Is Better Than One

"I'm done," Ray Thurston laughs, when asked if he's got any more plans for wine cellars in his …
Nov 15, 2009
France’s Evolving Vineyards

France’s Evolving Vineyards

Even in France, where wine tradition reigns, vineyards are changing. A new study by Franceagrimer, …
Nov 15, 2009
Sean Connery

Sean Connery

Sir Sean Connery, 79, burst into stardom in 1962, with his portrayal of British secret agent James …
Nov 15, 2009
1999 California Cabernet Has Aged Well in Its First Decade

1999 California Cabernet Has Aged Well in Its First Decade

The 1999 California Cabernet vintage was a great success when it was realeased, delivering many of …
Nov 15, 2009

Departments

Cabernet Still Rules

Cabernet Still Rules

The wine world can be fickle, embracing one grape and discarding yesterday's favorites. (Remember …
Nov 15, 2009
Letters

Letters

Nov 15, 2009
Napa Cabernet on the Brink

Napa Cabernet on the Brink

As a Napa winemaker told me the other day, the market for expensive Napa Valley wines has dried up …
Nov 15, 2009
The One-Word Wine Buyer

The One-Word Wine Buyer

It's a recurrent theme in wine: How do we make wine simpler? Europeans, who have been guzzling the …
Nov 15, 2009

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW YORK WINE EXPERIENCE Couldn't join us for this year's great lineup of tastings and seminars? Our full event coverage brings the world's best winemakers and chefs to you with photos, articles and videos.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Recent additions include:

  • Carneros Pinot Noir We talk with Saintsbury's Dick Ward to learn why this cool-climate California appellation is such a great place to grow the finicky Pinot grape.

  • Burgundy's White Value Region Senior editor Bruce Sanderson introduces you to Mâconnais' style of Chardonnay.

HALLOWEEN FUN Treat yourself this holiday with sweet wines and indulgent desserts.


FOOD AND WINE MATCHING TOOL We've added new wine and food categories to help you make even more great pairings.

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CALIFORNIA TASTING HIGHLIGHTS Check in Mondays to get scores and notes for hot new Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs and more.

2009 HARVEST BLOGS Winemakers from key regions in the Northern Hemisphere are sharing their thoughts and experiences during crush.

NEW PERSONAL WINE LIST A streamlined version with integrated cellar data and print-friendly options makes it easier to manage your wine collection and track your total holdings, value, and gain and loss.

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