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California Pinot Noir
Oct 15, 2011

California Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is known as one of the toughest grapes to grow and vinify, even as it tantalizes with the capability of making elegant and ageable reds that at their height can be mesmerizing, ethereal experiences.

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Cover Stories

California's Burgundy

California's Burgundy

Sonoma County's terrain, and how it defines Pinot Noir, is not only setting the pace for California …
Oct 15, 2011
James Laube’s 20 Favorite Sonoma Pinot Noir Producers

James Laube’s 20 Favorite Sonoma Pinot Noir Producers

There are hundreds of makers of Pinot Noir in California today, from Santa Barbara to Mendocino. …
Oct 15, 2011

Tasting Reports

Approaching Perfection

Approaching Perfection

There is no such thing as a perfect vintage. But 2009 comes close to nirvana for California Pinot …
Oct 15, 2011
Bright Stars & Big Surprises

Bright Stars & Big Surprises

Whether you're looking for a sure bet or willing to roll the dice, Spain can deliver the wines you …
Oct 15, 2011
Cune Imperial: A Benchmark Rioja

Cune Imperial: A Benchmark Rioja

What should Rioja taste like? There is a vigorous debate going on, both in the region's bodegas and …
Oct 15, 2011
Value Roundup

Value Roundup

The rivalry between Old World and New World wine cultures is a source of spirited debate. Arguments …
Oct 15, 2011

Features

Savoring San Sebastián

Savoring San Sebastián

Does the perfect city exist? Perhaps not, but there is one European town on the Atlantic Ocean …
Oct 15, 2011
Small Tastes of Heaven

Small Tastes of Heaven

For a true taste of San Sebastián, head to the Parte Vieja, or old town. Though it's less than a …
Oct 15, 2011

Grapevine

Fiji Deal Part of a Wave of Investment

Fiji Deal Part of a Wave of Investment

Fiji Water owner Stewart Resnick needed just nine months to add a second winery to his new …
Oct 15, 2011
A Cellar for the Table

A Cellar for the Table

For Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis, growing up in an Italian family meant that there was always a …
Oct 15, 2011
U.S. Auction Prices Drop in Second Quarter 2011

U.S. Auction Prices Drop in Second Quarter 2011

In what has become an enduring trend, Hong Kong wine auctions continued to take in an increasing …
Oct 15, 2011
Italian Food From Florida

Italian Food From Florida

Bottarga is enjoying some attention as an ingredient of the moment in Italian restaurants. This …
Oct 15, 2011
How Dry I Am

How Dry I Am

Popular hindsight has a hazy vision of Prohibition as a curious experiment gone awry that gave us …
Oct 15, 2011
A Must-Have Knife

A Must-Have Knife

For some years now, the holy grail among knife enthusiasts has been the Kramer knife, a handmade …
Oct 15, 2011
Tips From a Top Sommelier

Tips From a Top Sommelier

What do legendary New York restaurants Lespinasse, Le Cirque 2000 and Montrachet have in common? At …
Oct 15, 2011
Central Coast Auction Raises $725K for Charity

Central Coast Auction Raises $725K for Charity

Concluding a three-day run of barrel tastings, wine symposiums, cooking demonstrations and winery …
Oct 15, 2011
Reds from California, Italy and France

Reds from California, Italy and France

With its best vintage to date in 2009, Pinot Noir from California might be a category you want to …
Oct 15, 2011
Manhattan Transfers

Manhattan Transfers

Wine Spectator's Jack Bettridge hates watching people frittering away time over trivial matters. So …
Oct 15, 2011
Did China Really Save Bordeaux?

Did China Really Save Bordeaux?

Throughout this summer's sales campaign for 2010 Bordeaux futures, as châteaus released their wines …
Oct 15, 2011
There’s Crying in Winemaking

There’s Crying in Winemaking

Sad news from the talented folks at Australian winery Mollydooker: Much of the 2010 Velvet Glove …
Oct 15, 2011
World Watch

World Watch

An old horse-racing track in Bordeaux's Pomerol appellation will soon be producing grapes. Six wine …
Oct 15, 2011

Departments

Poached Salmon With Pinot Noir

Poached Salmon With Pinot Noir

When Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier moved to coastal Maine to open a restaurant in 1988, they were …
Oct 15, 2011
Napa’s Powerful Allure

Napa’s Powerful Allure

When someone pays tens of millions of dollars for a boutique winery in Napa Valley, there are …
Oct 15, 2011
How to Buy Wine

How to Buy Wine

Odd as this may sound, but in thinking back over the many columns I've written, I have never …
Oct 15, 2011
Letters

Letters

Oct 15, 2011
Pinot Noir in California

Pinot Noir in California

Today, California's Pinot Noirs rival Burgundy's in their distinctive character and diversity of …
Oct 15, 2011

The Buying Guide

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Harvest 101  How do winegrowers decide when to pick? How does the weather affect wine quality and character? What actually happens once the grapes get to the winery? Learn all about it in our step-by-step guide to crush.

Kosher Picks for the High Holidays  Get our editors' recommendations of recently rated, high-scoring kosher wines from around the world, plus a fresh new recipe.

Wine Storage: Seven Need-to-Know Tips  Learn how to keep your wines safe until you're ready to drink them.

New On Wine Spectator Video  Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

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