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Nov 30, 2010

Collectors and Cellars

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Stories

Small Is Beautiful

Small Is Beautiful

Whether constructed by DIY novice wine lovers or designed by professional consultants for longtime …
Nov 30, 2010
Room to Grow

Room to Grow

Translated into cellar storage, the footprint can be on the smaller side if the wine is packed …
Nov 30, 2010
Bigger Is Better

Bigger Is Better

When a cellar hits the 3,000-bottle mark, it enters a league of its own. In sheer volume, a cellar …
Nov 30, 2010
Cellaring Basics 101

Cellaring Basics 101

Don't know much about cellaring wine? Have no fear for Dr. Vinny, Wine Spectator 's expert on all …
Nov 30, 2010

Tasting Reports

Merlot’s Perfect Timing

Merlot’s Perfect Timing

Whatever your wine budget, now is a good time to drink California Merlot. The 2007 vintage offers …
Nov 30, 2010
Hiccup in the Rhône

Hiccup in the Rhône

Know how to tell who the really good winemakers in a particular region are? Find the successful …
Nov 30, 2010
Living Without Sulfur

Living Without Sulfur

Richaud's passion is sulfur-or the lack of it. What differentiates this domaine from most of the …
Nov 30, 2010

Features

Bordeaux's Favorite Rebel

Bordeaux's Favorite Rebel

Stéphane Derenoncourt is one of the most renowned winemakers in Bordeaux, and his reputation is …
Nov 30, 2010
A Dickens Christmas Dinner

A Dickens Christmas Dinner

Wine Spectator contributing editor Sam Gugino paired wines at a classic English Christmas dinner …
Nov 30, 2010

Grapevine

How to Find the Best

How to Find the Best

Unfortunately, the cheese explosion of the past decade or so has created the enviable dilemma of …
Nov 30, 2010
Chuao: Venezuela’s Amazing Terroir

Chuao: Venezuela’s Amazing Terroir

The Médoc. Romanée-Conti. For all of the praise and prestige and premium prices associated with …
Nov 30, 2010
Aging Alsace: Acidity Is the Key

Aging Alsace: Acidity Is the Key

The key to graceful aging typically lies in the wine's acidity. A firm backbone of acidity will …
Nov 30, 2010
Bordeaux Closer to the Source

Bordeaux Closer to the Source

The press has not been kind to Bordeaux recently. In May, The New York Times reported that to a …
Nov 30, 2010
Umami in a Tube

Umami in a Tube

You may have heard of umami-the fifth taste, after sweet, salty, bitter and sour-and read about it …
Nov 30, 2010
Cut Like an Iron Chef

Cut Like an Iron Chef

The best Japanese knives are expensive and require special care and attentive practice to master. …
Nov 30, 2010
The Battle of Washington State

The Battle of Washington State

When Washington voters go to the polls this Election Day, they have the opportunity to fundamentall…
Nov 30, 2010
A Designer Vineyard in Italy

A Designer Vineyard in Italy

As the third generation to lead his family's eponymous design firm, Alberto Alessi has helped to …
Nov 30, 2010
“Wine Is … ” Wins 2010 Wine Spectator Video Contest

“Wine Is … ” Wins 2010 Wine Spectator Video Contest

Ask any wine lover why they like wine and you'll get an answer that quickly moves beyond technical …
Nov 30, 2010
Eclectic Bargains, Riesling Redux, Good Hope and the West Coast

Eclectic Bargains, Riesling Redux, Good Hope and the West Coast

This diverse mix of reds and whites are bound by a common thread: They all deliver terrific value. …
Nov 30, 2010
Bill Threatening Direct Shipping Gains New Life in Congress

Bill Threatening Direct Shipping Gains New Life in Congress

A bill--H.R. 5034--in the U.S. House of Representatives that could severely restrict consumers' …
Nov 30, 2010
All-Star Lineup of Chefs and an Ace Winemaker

All-Star Lineup of Chefs and an Ace Winemaker

Notable chefs joined Mets alumni for "Teammates in the Kitchen," a tasting at CitiField to raise …
Nov 30, 2010
Burgundy in Beaujolais

Burgundy in Beaujolais

Highly regarded Burgundy producer Vincent Girardin bought the historic La Tour du Bief estate, near …
Nov 30, 2010
Newsom Says No

Newsom Says No

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would have imposed a fee on alcohol sales in …
Nov 30, 2010

Departments

Butternut Squash and California Grenache

Butternut Squash and California Grenache

Simple food is too often overlooked in wine matching. The fact is that uncomplicated dishes can …
Nov 30, 2010
Lessons of the Cellar

Lessons of the Cellar

You don't have to spend a fortune on a wine cellar. Just about any space that's dark, cool and …
Nov 30, 2010
Realm of the Senses

Realm of the Senses

The burning wine issue du jour is "natural wine." Seemingly everyone-pro, con or ambivalent-has …
Nov 30, 2010
Letters

Letters

Nov 30, 2010

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN/FREE SITE ACCESS On Nov. 15, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2010, followed by the complete Top 100 list. As a bonus during this two-week period, we'll be offering all visitors free trial access to our website's members-only features. Visit WineSpectator.com on Oct. 18 for more details and a full schedule of the upcoming countdown. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

NEW WORLD 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.

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU On Nov. 18, check out our annual tasting of these fresh, fruity and inexpensive reds. Find out which wines from the 2010 vintage are worth picking up by the case.

THANKSGIVING TIPS Find some fresh ideas for the holiday, plus advice on choosing wines for this classic meal and a list of recently rated wines our editors recommend.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Making a California Classic: In 1988, Fred Schrader was just another wine lover visiting Napa Valley for the first time. Twenty years later, he makes some of the best Cabernets in America. Meet Schrader, who talks about starting out, and winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, who discusses their iconic wines.
  • Alsace Primer: Learn about this French region and its wines as tasting coordinator Alison Napjus talks with one of the area's top winemakers, Olivier Humbrecht.


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