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Aug 31, 2010

Restaurant Wine List Awards

This year many high-end restaurants expanded their wine programs. Asia led the way, fueled by a fast-growing economy. U.S. restaurants that had the resources were able to take advantage of weak wine markets to buy collectibles at deep discounts.

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Cover Stories

The World's Great Wine Lists

The World's Great Wine Lists

Globalization is the watchword for this year's Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards. Our 30th annual …
Aug 31, 2010
Grand Award Winners of 2010

Grand Award Winners of 2010

Wine Spectator's Grand Award, founded in 1981, honors outstanding restaurants with extraordinary …
Aug 31, 2010
Renewal of Fortunes

Renewal of Fortunes

I'm optimistic for the rest of the year," says celebrity chef Tom Colicchio. That optimism, …
Aug 31, 2010
Alex

Alex

,p> Alex has parlayed its position as the signature restaurant at thriving casino Wynn Las Vegas …
Aug 31, 2010
Don Alfonso 1890

Don Alfonso 1890

Very few restaurants in Asia offer the kind of fine dining experience found at Don Alfonso, where …
Aug 31, 2010
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Beautifully crafted cuisine and a world-class wine list have quickly put L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon …
Aug 31, 2010
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Today, the wine list at the Houston flagship is 3,500 selections deep, and guests are reaping the …
Aug 31, 2010
RN74

RN74

On the day RN74 opened in San Francisco's South of Market in April 2009, Rajat Parr was worried. …
Aug 31, 2010
Rockpool Bar & Grill

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Sydney's City Mutual Assurance building was erected as the city's tallest "skyscraper" in 1936. …
Aug 31, 2010
Spago

Spago

Aug 31, 2010
Restaurant Awards 2010

Restaurant Awards 2010

In the more than 50 pages that follow, you'll find listings for the 3,743 restaurants that earned a …
Aug 31, 2010

Tasting Reports

Features

Standing Tall

Standing Tall

David Taub dominates most rooms he walks into. At a recent gathering of wine and spirits industry …
Aug 31, 2010

Grapevine

Battle Over Direct Shipping Heats Up

Battle Over Direct Shipping Heats Up

Lines are being drawn in Congress in the fight over direct-to-consumer wine shipping. At press time …
Aug 31, 2010
Drill, Finger Lakes, Drill?

Drill, Finger Lakes, Drill?

The Finger Lakes region of New York is known for its wineries and pristine beauty, but below the …
Aug 31, 2010
The New Adventures of Steve Case

The New Adventures of Steve Case

American entrepreneur and philanthropist Steve Case, 51, made headlines during the dot-com gold …
Aug 31, 2010
HOT SPOT: Julian Serrano: Spain in the Desert

HOT SPOT: Julian Serrano: Spain in the Desert

Julian Serrano hints at his Spanish roots at his Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning restaurant …
Aug 31, 2010
Ice, Ice Baby

Ice, Ice Baby

We've seen plenty of grape-based products over the years-grapeseed oil, wine-grape jellies, …
Aug 31, 2010
Home Rotisserie

Home Rotisserie

Usually, rotisserie chickens in food shops and supermarkets have been sitting for hours before you …
Aug 31, 2010
A Source for Great Coffee

A Source for Great Coffee

You may recall that I have previously complained about restaurant coffee in this column: Why is it …
Aug 31, 2010
A Fresh Look at Summer

A Fresh Look at Summer

It's bracing to have your mind scrambled every once in a while. And if you can have dearest …
Aug 31, 2010
Auction Napa Valley Raises $8.5 Million

Auction Napa Valley Raises $8.5 Million

After a wobbly turn last year during the depths of the recession, Auction Napa Valley came roaring …
Aug 31, 2010
Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper

The following French reds offer two distinct styles from the fine 2007 vintage. The Rhônes are all …
Aug 31, 2010
Tinseltown Charity Auction Bests Total From 2009

Tinseltown Charity Auction Bests Total From 2009

In its 21st year, Culinary Evening With the California Winemasters landed nearly $1.7 million for …
Aug 31, 2010
Gulf Coast Chefs Wrestle With Spill

Gulf Coast Chefs Wrestle With Spill

As BP struggles to control the ruptured oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, chefs up and …
Aug 31, 2010
Wine Briefs

Wine Briefs

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus will lend his name to a new line of red wines to be produced by Terlato …
Aug 31, 2010

Departments

Restaurants and Wine

Restaurants and Wine

For wine lovers, a good bottle is an essential component of a great meal, and, by extension, a good …
Aug 31, 2010
Letters

Letters

Aug 31, 2010
Direct Shipping Threatened

Direct Shipping Threatened

Talk about a lose-lose proposition. Wine lovers and small wineries alike would suffer if a bill …
Aug 31, 2010
OK, So I Was Wrong

OK, So I Was Wrong

Back in 2003 I declared, with my customary certainty, that Syrah would be the next Really Big red. …
Aug 31, 2010
First Look at Oregon Pinot Noir 2009

First Look at Oregon Pinot Noir 2009

Tasting barrel samples of Oregon Pinot Noir is always an adventure. The variety is extremely …
Aug 31, 2010
Zucchini Matuffi

Zucchini Matuffi

Cesare Casella, chef and partner at Salumeria Rosi on Manhattan's Upper West Side, comes from a …
Aug 31, 2010

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

RESTAURANT SEARCH Our complete 2010 Restaurant Awards listings, featuring the more than 3,700 restaurants whose wine lists earned the nod this year, is searchable in our free online database.

SOMMELIER TALKS Meet the people behind the great wine lists: Discover their favorite pairings and which wines make it into their own cellars.

2010 VIDEO CONTEST-CALL FOR ENTRIES Submit your wine videos to Wine Spectator's fourth annual video contest and you could win great prizes, including a pair of passes to the weekend-long 2010 Wine Experience. We are looking for short, original videos that are educational and entertaining. Our editors will select the best entries, and the finalists will be posted on WineSpectator.com, where viewers will pick the winner. The deadline for entries is Aug. 31. You can find complete rules-along with previous years' finalists-at www.winespectator.com/videocontest2010.

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

  • Real Men Drink Pink: Editors Kim Marcus and James Molesworth compare crisp, refreshing rosés from Provence and Tavel.
  • Château Margaux Tasting: Join technical director Paul Pontallier in the tasting room as he describes two of the Bordeaux first-growth's reds from the 2006 vintage.
  • Carbon-Neutral Challenge: A group of Oregon wineries is trying to reduce its carbon footprint. Tony Soter and Alison Sokol Blosser explain the new program.


RESTAURANT RATINGS Have your say about the winners in our 2010 Restaurant Awards program. The Restaurant Search ratings system lets you hand out stars and comment on your favorite spots.

VINTAGE CHARTS Faced with an unfamiliar wine? Or trying to figure out which wines in your cellar should be drinking well now? Consult our regularly updated charts, which rate vintages from 30-plus regions based on tastings of as many as hundreds of wines from each. Our charts include scores, descriptions of the wines' character and recommendations on when to drink them. Also available on Wine Spectator Mobile.

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