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Feb 29, 2016

Editor's Picks

"Together, our senior tasters have more experience than the staff of any other wine publication on earth. They review thousands of wines each year in blind tastings. But in this issue, I challenged them to go one step further."—Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher

Cover Stories

Personal Favorites

Personal Favorites

Wine Spectator editors review thousands of wines each year from around the globe. And here are …
Feb 29, 2016
James Laube

James Laube

Senior editor James Laube has been writing about wine since 1978 and for Wine Spectator since …
Feb 29, 2016
Harvey Steiman

Harvey Steiman

Harvey Steiman joined Wine Spectator in 1983 as managing editor. Today he reviews the wines of …
Feb 29, 2016
Thomas Matthews

Thomas Matthews

Thomas Matthews discovered the wine world as a grape picker in Bordeaux during the harvest of 1979. …
Feb 29, 2016
Kim Marcus

Kim Marcus

Kim Marcus is managing editor and lead taster on an eclectic mix of European and South American …
Feb 29, 2016
Bruce Sanderson

Bruce Sanderson

Bruce Sanderson joined Wine Spectator in 1993 as a tasting coordinator, becoming tasting director …
Feb 29, 2016
James Molesworth

James Molesworth

A native New Yorker, Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth's first job after graduating …
Feb 29, 2016
MaryAnn Worobiec

MaryAnn Worobiec

Senior editor and senior tasting coordinator MaryAnn Worobiec has been with Wine Spectator since …
Feb 29, 2016
Alison Napjus

Alison Napjus

Senior editor Alison Napjus has worked in Wine Spectator 's New York office since 2000. She …
Feb 29, 2016
Tim Fish

Tim Fish

Senior editor Tim Fish, based in Napa Valley, is Wine Spectator 's lead taster for California …
Feb 29, 2016

Tasting Reports

Willamette Valley's Strong Hand

Willamette Valley's Strong Hand

Things did not look promising for Willamette Valley in the early fall of 2013. Heavy rains hit the …
Feb 29, 2016

Features

True North

True North

John Glaser just passed a whisky milestone. It was 15 years ago that the young spirits marketer …
Feb 29, 2016
The Year In Wine 2015 In Review

The Year In Wine 2015 In Review

In this year in review, we have crunched the numbers and looked at which regions enjoyed success …
Feb 29, 2016

Grapevine

Valentine Gift Bag

Valentine Gift Bag

Valentine's Day means chocolate. Of all the days to bring it, this is the one when it is absolutely …
Feb 29, 2016
A Glass of Wine Shown to Be Part of a Healthy Diet

A Glass of Wine Shown to Be Part of a Healthy Diet

New research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel supports the theory that a daily …
Feb 29, 2016
After the Wine Is Drained, Health Benefits Remain

After the Wine Is Drained, Health Benefits Remain

Chilean scientists have found that men suffering from early symptoms of diabetes or cardiovascular …
Feb 29, 2016
What American Wine Drinkers Want

What American Wine Drinkers Want

When it comes to wine, the American consumer still loves Chardonnay and Merlot, prefers fruity or …
Feb 29, 2016
Emeril Lagasse's Carnivale du Vin Breaks Records

Emeril Lagasse's Carnivale du Vin Breaks Records

On Nov. 13-14, 2015, chefs and vintners from across the US. flocked to New Orleans for the Emeril …
Feb 29, 2016
Home-Field Advantage

Home-Field Advantage

Hines Ward needs no introduction to football fans. As a former receiver for the Pittsburgh …
Feb 29, 2016
Beaux Frères Pinot Noirs Stand the Test of Time

Beaux Frères Pinot Noirs Stand the Test of Time

Mike Etzel, producer of Pinot Noirs at Beaux Frères was unsatisfied with a few wines from different …
Feb 29, 2016
Oregon Winners, Spanish Specialties, Global Grapes

Oregon Winners, Spanish Specialties, Global Grapes

The 2013 vintage in Oregon was challenging but still produced many successes, as the wines here …
Feb 29, 2016
Building on a Dream; Worlds Collide in Mexico City; The Pinnacle of Luxe Paris

Building on a Dream; Worlds Collide in Mexico City; The Pinnacle of Luxe Paris

According to Wine Spectator 's Owen Dugan and Samantha Falewée you should consider traveling to …
Feb 29, 2016

Departments

2015 Article Index

2015 Article Index

The Article Index is a quick guide to finding major articles published in Wine Spectator in 2015.
Feb 29, 2016
Feedback

Feedback

Feb 29, 2016
When It Comes to Values, This Is It!

When It Comes to Values, This Is It!

Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken introduces the Feb. 29, 2016 editors' picks.
Feb 29, 2016
Apple Napoleons With Late-Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Apple Napoleons With Late-Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Pastry chef and cookbook author Emily Luchetti's dessert is a simple Valentine's Day treat for two. …
Feb 29, 2016

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

Web Exclusive Content

TOP STORIES OF 2015 What were the hottest topics of the past year? We rounded up the most popular articles, blogs, tasting reports, videos and Unfiltered items for 2015. Find out what you missed, or revisit your favorites of the past 12 months, in our News & Features section.

2015 HARVEST REPORTS With the newest wines now aging in winery cellars, Wine Spectator editors provide an early look at expected vintage quality in key European and North American regions, such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Napa, Sonoma and more.

VALENTINE'S DAY We've got everything you need for an inspired night of romance: A recipe to impress from one of the country's top chefs, standout sparkling and sweet wines, the best chocolates, restaurants with award-winning wine lists and more.

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. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Premier Cru vs. Grand Cru Champagne: What do these terms mean on a Champagne label? Learn the difference—in time for your Valentine's Day celebrations—with Duval- Leroy chef de cave Sandrine Logette-Jardin and senior editor Alison Napjus.
  • Washington's Champoux Vineyard: What makes a great vineyard? Andrew Will Winery owner Chris Camarda illustrates the influence of site and blending with two elegant Bordeaux-style reds from this famous vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA.
  • The Wine Stars: Top vintners from around the world shared their stories—and their wines—at the 2015 New York Wine Experience. Hear from Château Lafite Rothschild's charming Baron Eric de Rothschild, Napa cult Cabernet maker Bill Harlan, the Italian father-daughter team of Angelo and Gaia Gaja, and more.

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