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Aug 31, 2013

Restaurant Awards

The world's best wine lists are featured in this annual issue, which presents the winners of our Restaurant Awards program. Spanning all 50 states and more than 75 countries, these are the wine-savvy addresses to look for, whether you are close to home or overseas.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Stories

La Ciau del Tornavento

La Ciau del Tornavento

Wine Spectator Grand Award winner La Ciau, opened by Maurilio Garola and Nadia Benech above the …
Aug 31, 2013
Per Se

Per Se

2013 Wine Spectator Grand Award winner Per Se, which opened in 2004, overlooks Columbus Circle at …
Aug 31, 2013
The Royal Mail Hotel

The Royal Mail Hotel

2013 Wine Spectator Grand Award winner The Royal Mail Hotel is situated in the tiny outback town …
Aug 31, 2013
The Village Pub

The Village Pub

2013 Wine Spectator Grand Award winner The Village Pub opened 2001 under the direction of …
Aug 31, 2013
The Best Wine Lists of 2013

The Best Wine Lists of 2013

Over the past few years, a new trend has emerged in restaurant wine programs. A growing number are …
Aug 31, 2013
Grand Award Winners of 2013

Grand Award Winners of 2013

Wine Spectator 's Grand Award Winners of 2013 (in PDF Format.)
Aug 31, 2013

Tasting Reports

Australia on the Move

Australia on the Move

During the global economic turndown, Australia's success eroded. In 2006, the country was challengi…
Aug 31, 2013
California’s Fresh Whites

California’s Fresh Whites

Grüner Veltliner, Albariño and Verdelho were virtually unknown in California 20 years ago, but now …
Aug 31, 2013
Australia Alphabetical Listing

Australia Alphabetical Listing

Wine Spectator 's Australia alphabetical listing.
Aug 31, 2013
California Whites Alphabetical Listing

California Whites Alphabetical Listing

Wine Spectator 's California Whites alphabetical listing.
Aug 31, 2013

Grapevine

A Kitchen Built for Two

A Kitchen Built for Two

Too many cooks can spoil the broth, but two accomplished chefs can create a dream home kitchen. …
Aug 31, 2013
Vintage Report 2013: Southern Hemisphere

Vintage Report 2013: Southern Hemisphere

Wine Spectator brings you a first look at vintage quality in the Southern Hemisphere, with …
Aug 31, 2013
Barcelona’s Top Wine Bars

Barcelona’s Top Wine Bars

Barcelona is the seat of Catalan culture in eastern Spain, with a wealth of museums and history …
Aug 31, 2013
Guess Executives Buy Los Angeles Retailer Wally’s Wine & Spirits

Guess Executives Buy Los Angeles Retailer Wally’s Wine & Spirits

Wally's Wine & Spirits, one of Los Angeles' top wine stores, is being sold by founder Steve Wallace …
Aug 31, 2013
Winegrowers, Not Drinkers, Face Pesticide Risks

Winegrowers, Not Drinkers, Face Pesticide Risks

Disturbing reports of pesticides and fungicides in French wine have raised concerns for consumer …
Aug 31, 2013
Nutrient Labels Worry Winemakers

Nutrient Labels Worry Winemakers

How many calories are in a glass of wine? And how many glasses are in a typical bottle? Soon, …
Aug 31, 2013
Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

When it comes to enjoying wine, former president and CEO of Toys "R" Us John Eyler and his wife …
Aug 31, 2013
Summer Suggestions

Summer Suggestions

Winter has its fondue and mac and cheese, but summer has its cheese dishes too, for picnics, from …
Aug 31, 2013
Two Nights of Magnum Celebrations

Two Nights of Magnum Celebrations

A magnum of wine is like a party in a bottle. So what does that make more than a hundred magnums? …
Aug 31, 2013
Auction Napa Valley Breaks Its Record, Raising $16.9 million

Auction Napa Valley Breaks Its Record, Raising $16.9 million

Live bidding at this year's Auction Napa Valley got off to a fast start. With 45 lots, the June 1 …
Aug 31, 2013
Christie’s Pulls Burgundy From Auction

Christie’s Pulls Burgundy From Auction

Wine auctioneer Christie's withdrew a magnum of rare Burgundy from its May 31 auction after doubts …
Aug 31, 2013

Departments

Stuffed Butternut Squash With Vouvray

Stuffed Butternut Squash With Vouvray

When it comes to chef Scott Crawford's butternut squash with spicy chorizo and corn bread stuffing …
Aug 31, 2013
Remembering André

Remembering André

As much as any person in the 20th century, André Tchelistcheff shaped the future of California …
Aug 31, 2013
The Summer Sommelier

The Summer Sommelier

We all know that summer is no time for Big Wine Thoughts. But there's no reason for wine lovers to …
Aug 31, 2013
Provence Rosés Riding High

Provence Rosés Riding High

Today, cutting-edge Provence rosé estates, such at the top-scoring Chateau d'Esclans, are using …
Aug 31, 2013
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers write in about blind tasting.
Aug 31, 2013
Wine List Trends

Wine List Trends

Restaurant wine lists are evolving—and improving—in many ways. It's a great time for wine lovers …
Aug 31, 2013

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

NEW WINE SPECTATOR MOBILE We've upgraded our mobile-friendly website for use on all smartphones and tablets, including Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows devices. Search our entire database of wine reviews, with scores, tasting notes, drink windows, release prices and auction prices. Add Wine Spectator–reviewed wines to your Personal Wine List, view your cellar inventory and your own tasting notes, browse our Top 100 lists back to 1988—all this is included in a WineSpectator.com membership. Plus, free for everyone: Get the latest wine-world news and consult more than 50 vintage charts for key regions and grapes around the globe.

WINE RATING SEARCH HELP Save time and typing with our handy new auto-suggest function, on both WineSpectator.com and Wine Spectator Mobile. Searching by winery, wine name, region, vineyard or grape type? Start typing, and common matching terms will pop up; select one for instant results. Not sure how to spell a winery name? We'll provide "Did you mean ... ?" suggestions, or you can use the Browse Wineries option.

RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS AND RATINGS Find out which Restaurant Award winners you might like best. Rate the dining spots you've visited and share comments in our Restaurant Search. We'll analyze your faves, compare them with other members' feedback, and tell you which other restaurants you may enjoy.


RESTAURANT SEARCH The complete 2013 Restaurant Award listings are searchable in our online database. Find the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

SOMMELIER TALKS Meet the people behind the world's great wine lists: Get pairing advice and find out which wines excite them most.

2013 VIDEO CONTEST Creative with a video camera? Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's seventh annual Video Contest and you could win great prizes. Our editors will select the finalists, and we'll post them on WineSpectator.com, where viewers will vote for the winning video. The deadline to enter is Sept. 2. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists.

NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions on refreshing summer whites and juicy reds:

  • Chenin Blanc Styles in the Loire Valley:  What characteristics can you expect from this luscious grape, which can be made in dry or sweet styles? Learn from Domaine des Baumard winemaker Florent Baumard as he compares the appellations of Savennières and Quarts de Chaume.
  • Red, Red Wine in Portugal:  David Baverstock of Quinta dos Murças joins managing editor Kim Marcus to discuss the Douro Valley's unfortified reds.

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