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Nov 30, 2012

Rhône Valley

For Michel Chapoutier, the most important thing in a wine is its sense of place, its expression of terroir. His home, ancestral, personal and professional, is one of the truly great terroirs of France: the hill of Hermitage.

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

Cover Stories

King of the Hill

King of the Hill

The irrepressible Michel Chapoutier powers ahead in the Northern Rhône Valley, crafting some of the …
Nov 30, 2012
Top-Scoring Recent Releases From M. Chapoutier

Top-Scoring Recent Releases From M. Chapoutier

Wine Spectator 's top-scoring recent releases from M. Chapoutier (in PDF Format).
Nov 30, 2012
Michel Chapoutier: Around the World

Michel Chapoutier: Around the World

Wine Spectator takes a look at Michel Chapoutier's burgeoning lineup of wines and styles, from …
Nov 30, 2012

Tasting Reports

Rhône Valley Alphabetical Listing

Rhône Valley Alphabetical Listing

Wine Spectator 's Rhône Valley alphabetical listing.
Nov 30, 2012
Italy Sparkles

Italy Sparkles

From fruity and slightly sweet Proseccos to dry bubblies made in the same method as Champagne to …
Nov 30, 2012
California Merlot Makes Its Case

California Merlot Makes Its Case

The 2009 vintage is one of the most successful ever for California Merlot. Featuring dozens of …
Nov 30, 2012
A Classic Pair

A Classic Pair

The Rhône Valley's run of superlative vintages over the past decade has supplied no shortage of …
Nov 30, 2012
Château-Grillet

Château-Grillet

Château-Grillet is an 8.6-acre monopole, one of France's rare micro-appellations. It has long been …
Nov 30, 2012

Features

Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Driving Force

Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s Driving Force

To understand Philippe Cambie's winemaking philosophy, you have to imagine what life is like in the …
Nov 30, 2012
Virginia Wine Country Christmas

Virginia Wine Country Christmas

Virginia could be considered the birthplace of American wine. It was the home of Thomas Jefferson, …
Nov 30, 2012
The Tao of Miami Beach

The Tao of Miami Beach

Miami was hit hard by the real estate crisis—harder than any major U.S. city save Las Vegas. …
Nov 30, 2012

Grapevine

Doi Chaang Beans From Thailand

Doi Chaang Beans From Thailand

Wine Spectator 's coffee columnist Mark Pendergrast is used to sampling exotic beans from Ethiopia, …
Nov 30, 2012
Redefining Natural Wine

Redefining Natural Wine

When the subject of "natural" wine comes up, talk tends to center around topics like native yeasts, …
Nov 30, 2012
Kurniawan To Challenge Key Evidence

Kurniawan To Challenge Key Evidence

Accused wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan, currently being held without bail at a federal detention …
Nov 30, 2012
St.-Emilion Issues a New Classification

St.-Emilion Issues a New Classification

After six years of legal squabbling, St.-Emilion has a new classification of top wine producers. …
Nov 30, 2012
Bottles and Best-Sellers

Bottles and Best-Sellers

T.C. (Thomas Coraghessan) Boyle has published 23 books of fiction, including The Tortilla Curtain …
Nov 30, 2012
Long Island Shares its Bounty

Long Island Shares its Bounty

Nature can be cruel to vintners, but a lovely evening graced Harvest East End on Aug. 25, enticing …
Nov 30, 2012
Washington Reds, Refreshing Rieslings and Spanish Sherries

Washington Reds, Refreshing Rieslings and Spanish Sherries

Wine Spectator 's Bruce Sanderson recommends a host of new bottlings for the value-minded consumer, …
Nov 30, 2012
At Home With Mauro Maccioni

At Home With Mauro Maccioni

Almost 40 years ago, Italy-born restaurateur Sirio Maccioni famously built the tony French …
Nov 30, 2012

Departments

Mushroom Flan With Cru Beaujolais

Mushroom Flan With Cru Beaujolais

Chef Bouley got an early start in kitchens, and lit out for Europe to learn. In 1985 he opened …
Nov 30, 2012
Wine’s Stealthy Enemy

Wine’s Stealthy Enemy

The troubles start to creep into the cellar, then, gradually, the wines. It's impossible to …
Nov 30, 2012
Don’t Be an Idiot

Don’t Be an Idiot

Wine Spectator 's Matt Kramer does not know a single wine lover without a horror story (or three) …
Nov 30, 2012
Letters

Letters

Wine Spectator readers write in about the pros and cons of tasting notes.
Nov 30, 2012
The Rhône Valley: Having It All

The Rhône Valley: Having It All

Sometimes, it seems, a wine region can have it all. Take France's Rhône Valley, the focus of our …
Nov 30, 2012

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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