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.
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2014 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's eighth annual Video Contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the finalists and post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers can vote for the winning video. The deadline to enter is Sept. 1. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.
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- The Wines of Montalcino: Tucked among the hills of Tuscany, the vineyards of Montalcino yield both Rosso and Brunello. Compare and contrast these two wines as Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, owner of Col d'Orcia, joins senior editor Bruce Sanderson.
- 50 and Still Hearty: Many of us remember our parents' jug of Gallo Hearty Burgundy in the kitchen cupboard. Take a trip down memory lane as Stephanie Gallo, Ernest's granddaughter, talks about the wine on its 50th anniversary.
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