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Sep 30, 2010

Matching Wine & Food

Matching the foods and wines you love can deliver boundless pleasure if you follow a few basic rules. In this comprehensive package, we bring you expert advice, help with tricky matches, and eight recipes created by top chefs to fill a menu for wine lovers.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

White Burgundy: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all white Burgundies reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Stories

Matching: The Art & Science

Matching: The Art & Science

Something magical happens when a food as simple as fresh goat cheese meets a tangy, straight-forwar…
Sep 30, 2010
Dishes Tailor-Made for Wine Lovers: Goat Cheese Salad and Sauvignon Blanc

Dishes Tailor-Made for Wine Lovers: Goat Cheese Salad and Sauvignon Blanc

Alice Waters of Chez Panisse helped forge California cuisine and the farm-to-table movement, not to …
Sep 30, 2010
Pork Tenderloin & Riesling

Pork Tenderloin & Riesling

Owner Rick Yoder and his staff at Wild Ginger, a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning restaurant in …
Sep 30, 2010
Lobster & White Burgundy

Lobster & White Burgundy

Jasper White was central to the surge in Boston fine dining in the 1980s and '90s. After a brief …
Sep 30, 2010
Salmon & Pinot Noir

Salmon & Pinot Noir

Thierry Rautureau grew up on a farm in France's Loire Valley, then embarked on a working culinary …
Sep 30, 2010
Pasta & Chianti

Pasta & Chianti

Chef Scott Conant honed his craft in high quality Italian kitchens before opening L'Impero, in …
Sep 30, 2010
Chicken & Malbec

Chicken & Malbec

Judy Rodgers has been chef at Zuni Café since 1987. It has succeeded in part for standbys like …
Sep 30, 2010
Steak & Cabernet

Steak & Cabernet

Michael Lomonaco first achieved prominence when gently modernizing the venerable menu at New York's …
Sep 30, 2010
Tarte Tatin & Sauternes

Tarte Tatin & Sauternes

David Myers made his name with Sona, a much-lauded Los Angeles restaurant serving inventive food. …
Sep 30, 2010
Wine &  Food Pairing: Master Guide

Wine & Food Pairing: Master Guide

Every day we make careful pairings: shoes to match casual or dressy clothes; music to match a …
Sep 30, 2010

Tasting Reports

A Pleasant Surprise

A Pleasant Surprise

Golden State Pinot Noir producers aren't likely to be clamoring for another growing season like …
Sep 30, 2010
Purity and Precision

Purity and Precision

The current release vintages of white Burgundy-2007 and 2008-offer both character and quality. Fans …
Sep 30, 2010

Features

Zinfandel Grand Masters

Zinfandel Grand Masters

An old wind-machine stands like a rusty sentinel at the center of Aldo's Vineyard, a remnant of a …
Sep 30, 2010

Grapevine

Demand Surges for 2009 Bordeaux

Demand Surges for 2009 Bordeaux

Despite the highest prices on record, the world is clamoring for 2009 futures. All five first-growt…
Sep 30, 2010
Recent Bordeaux Classics Offer Comparative Value

Recent Bordeaux Classics Offer Comparative Value

The 2009 Bordeaux futures campaign is the most expensive ever sold, but anyone considering jumping …
Sep 30, 2010
Aussie Wine Company in Crisis

Aussie Wine Company in Crisis

Trouble is brewing in Australia. The Grateful Palate's Australian affiliates, which produce wine …
Sep 30, 2010
Mudslide Buries Okanagan Vines

Mudslide Buries Okanagan Vines

A dam failure triggered a massive mudslide in western Canada's Okanagan wine region in June, …
Sep 30, 2010
America’s Wine-Loving Soccer Stars

America’s Wine-Loving Soccer Stars

Did you catch soccer fever during the World Cup this summer? That there's a large wine-loving …
Sep 30, 2010
A Sommelier’s Expert Tips

A Sommelier’s Expert Tips

Peter Birmingham is beverage director and general manager of Hatfield's, a Los Angeles dining …
Sep 30, 2010
Greenport: By Land or By Sea

Greenport: By Land or By Sea

New York state is a major but unheralded wine region. Long Island alone produces more than 500,000 …
Sep 30, 2010
The Art of Affinage

The Art of Affinage

Imagine a winemaker who sends out wine under his label to be aged by someone else. Weird, huh? The …
Sep 30, 2010
Spicy Reds, Loire Whites and Italian Stallions

Spicy Reds, Loire Whites and Italian Stallions

These reds will carry you through those late-summer barbecues and into the fall with ease. …
Sep 30, 2010
M. Shanken Buys Malt Advocate, WhiskyFest

M. Shanken Buys Malt Advocate, WhiskyFest

The parent company of Wine Spectator, M. Shanken Communications, Inc., has acquired Malt Advocate, …
Sep 30, 2010
Wine Deals

Wine Deals

William Foley has signed a letter of intent to purchase highly regarded Sonoma County producer …
Sep 30, 2010
Another Banner Year of Fundraising for Central Coast Wine Classic

Another Banner Year of Fundraising for Central Coast Wine Classic

In 2009, the Central Coast Wine Classic auction was one of just a few charity events that improved …
Sep 30, 2010
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Douglas Murray, who helped found Chile's Viña Montes and build it into one of that country's most …
Sep 30, 2010

Departments

Matching Wine and Food

Matching Wine and Food

Wine can get along just fine by itself. A Champagne toast needs a bride and groom, not a canapé. A …
Sep 30, 2010
Letters

Letters

Sep 30, 2010
Farewell to Bordeaux

Farewell to Bordeaux

Senior editor James Laube used to feel compelled to buy Bordeaux, but not anymore and not for a …
Sep 30, 2010
It’s Not That Simple

It’s Not That Simple

All right, let's make it simple, shall we? Every time somebody insists on making wine "simple," …
Sep 30, 2010
Anise-Scented Lamb Osso Buco

Anise-Scented Lamb Osso Buco

If the rules say red wine with meat, why does sommelier François Chartier, author of a revelatory …
Sep 30, 2010

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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RECIPE SEARCH Inspired to try some new dishes? Find hundreds of delicious recipes on our website, searchable by ingredient, food type and matching wine type.

RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say on the winners in our 2010 Restaurant Award program. Our Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite dining spots and their wine lists.


GLOSSARY WITH AUDIO PRONUNCIATIONS Confused by an unfamiliar term on a wine label or in a tasting note? Don't know how to pronounce a certain word? Get help from the expanded online glossary in our Learn About Wine section.

LABOR DAY ENTERTAINING Say farewell to summer with a group of friends, great recipes and our picks of highly rated wines to please the crowd.

2010 VIDEO CONTEST-CHOOSE THE WINNER Original wine videos have been pouring in for Wine Spectator's fourth annual contest. (Entries accepted until Aug. 31.) Now, you be the judge. The finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com on Sept. 13, and you can vote for your favorite. The top video will be revealed on Sept. 21, and the first-place winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Wine Experience! Find all the details at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2010.

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

  • Single Vineyard or Blend? Two Hands makes some of Australia's best Shiraz. Meet co-owner Michael Twelftree as he explains the distinctive characters of a single-vineyard bottling and a blend.

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