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John Kongsgaard
Jul 31, 2014

John Kongsgaard

Vintner John Kongsgaard has realized his dream. He is the local boy made good, whose career in the Napa winemaking world has spanned the region's explosive rise in the latter half of the 20th century. He has built his success one careful step at a time, first in his pursuit of great Chardonnay and now with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Watch our video preview of the issue.

Cover Stories

Napa's Fortunate Son

Napa's Fortunate Son

John Kongsgaard has realized his dream. He is the local boy made good, whose career in the Napa …
Jul 31, 2014
Patience and Low Yields Key to Quality at Kongsgaard

Patience and Low Yields Key to Quality at Kongsgaard

It was on a 1988 trip to Burgundy that John Kongsgaard learned that Chardonnays from the region he …
Jul 31, 2014

Tasting Reports

California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing

California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing

Wine Spectator 's alphabetical listing of California Chardonnay.
Jul 31, 2014
South Africa Alphabetical Listing

South Africa Alphabetical Listing

Wine Spectator 's alphabetical listing of South African wines.
Jul 31, 2014
A Different Side of Sangiovese

A Different Side of Sangiovese

Winter in Montalcino was fairly dry and mild in 2009, with a good amount of rain in March that …
Jul 31, 2014
California Chardonnay's Big Easy

California Chardonnay's Big Easy

In 2012, Chardonnay is back in the groove after a one-year stumble in 2011. Ideal weather in the …
Jul 31, 2014
Winery to Watch: Pont Neuf

Winery to Watch: Pont Neuf

New California label Pont Neuf brings owners Douglas and Mary Danielak full circle. Trained in …
Jul 31, 2014
South Africa's Momentum

South Africa's Momentum

South African wines are booming in popularity, with worldwide exports up 26 percent in 2013. While …
Jul 31, 2014

Features

An Evening in Nantucket

An Evening in Nantucket

The Wauwinet has been hosting parties on the eastern edge of Nantucket since the elegant Victorian …
Jul 31, 2014
All-Stars of Italy

All-Stars of Italy

Set alongside Verona's 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheater in the Piazza Bra', the gracious Palazzo …
Jul 31, 2014

Grapevine

Grand Tour Pours the World of Wine

Grand Tour Pours the World of Wine

The 2014 Wine Spectator Grand Tour lifted off April 29, as more than 1,200 wine lovers congregate…
Jul 31, 2014
Bordeaux Struggles to Sell 2013 Futures

Bordeaux Struggles to Sell 2013 Futures

Futures for the 2013 Bordeaux vintage went on sale this spring, but wine lovers could be excused …
Jul 31, 2014
Australian Reds, Wines from Southern France, Jura Whites

Australian Reds, Wines from Southern France, Jura Whites

Wine Spectator 's Bruce Sanderson recommends values from Australia, Southern France and Jura.
Jul 31, 2014
In Paradise, Comfort Food With an Edge

In Paradise, Comfort Food With an Edge

It's not hard to find good food on the Hawaiian island of Maui, whether it's a traditional "plate …
Jul 31, 2014
Whisky On The Block

Whisky On The Block

Whisky is bought primarily for three reasons: to drink, naturally, but also to collect and to …
Jul 31, 2014
<em>Wine Spectator</em> Ratings App Now Available for Android

Wine Spectator Ratings App Now Available for Android

Wine Spectator 's flagship app, WineRatings+, which provides quick access to 300,000 expert wine …
Jul 31, 2014
U.S. Demand for Bottled Sangria on the Rise

U.S. Demand for Bottled Sangria on the Rise

A bottle of wine that's already open, some cut-up fruit and maybe a spritz of seltzer—that's …
Jul 31, 2014
America Now World Leader In Wine Consumption

America Now World Leader In Wine Consumption

It's official: The United States is the world's top wine market by volume. According to data from …
Jul 31, 2014

Departments

Guinea Hen Fricassee With Portuguese Red

Guinea Hen Fricassee With Portuguese Red

At chef José Enrique's eponymous restaurant, the chef treats hallmarks of traditional Caribbean …
Jul 31, 2014
French Paradox Redux

French Paradox Redux

If the French paradox is in fact true, one obvious implication is that it's possible to consume a …
Jul 31, 2014
Present at the Revolution

Present at the Revolution

Where once Portuguese wines were too often dirty and dull and oxidized—really, Port excepted—that's …
Jul 31, 2014
The Quandary of California Chardonnay

The Quandary of California Chardonnay

California Chardonnay is in a quandary. Chardonnay is the most popular wine in the United States. …
Jul 31, 2014
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers write in about the use of nontraditional flavors in tasting notes, Chilean …
Jul 31, 2014

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

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

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

Web Exclusive Content

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