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Scotch
Oct 15, 2014

Scotch

Scotch's flavor boundaries reach from the light and fragrant to the rich, powerful and smoky, touching every point in between. Its web of complexities is not made by a machine—the spirit is a living manifestation of a culture.

Cover Stories

Exploring Scotch

Exploring Scotch

Scotch means different things to different people. Depending on where you are, you will be served …
Oct 15, 2014
In the Bottle

In the Bottle

Scotch whisky is made from three ingredients—water, barley and yeast—and is then aged in oak. …
Oct 15, 2014
In the Glass

In the Glass

Tasting whisky is much like tasting wine: It calls for imagination and is improved by experience. …
Oct 15, 2014
At the Table

At the Table

Scotch can be a secret weapon with some food pairings where wine may struggle. With all of these …
Oct 15, 2014
Savoring Scotch

Savoring Scotch

A single malt is the product of a single distillery: The whisky must be mashed, fermented and …
Oct 15, 2014

Tasting Reports

New Zealand Spreads Its Wings

New Zealand Spreads Its Wings

Given its surging quality, it can be easy to forget how young New Zealand is in the world of wine. …
Oct 15, 2014
Ancient Roots Modern Progress

Ancient Roots Modern Progress

Although Spain was among the world's first winegrowing regions, its modern wine industry is …
Oct 15, 2014
Pinot's Promise

Pinot's Promise

New Zealand's worldwide success in wine has been due primarily to its lively Sauvignon Blancs. The …
Oct 15, 2014
New Zealand Alphabetical Listing

New Zealand Alphabetical Listing

Wine Spectator 's alphabetical listing of reviewed New Zealand wines.
Oct 15, 2014
Spain Alphabetical Listing

Spain Alphabetical Listing

Wine Spectator 's alphabetical listing of reviewed Spanish wines.
Oct 15, 2014

Features

Marching to His Own Drummer

Marching to His Own Drummer

Although all of the Charles Smith bottlings rely on traditional winemaking, winemaker Charles …
Oct 15, 2014
Deep Roots in Chambolle Musigny

Deep Roots in Chambolle Musigny

Spend some time with winemaker Christophe Roumier and you sense that his talent lies in his …
Oct 15, 2014
The Winemaking Behind Charles Smith's Brands

The Winemaking Behind Charles Smith's Brands

It's harvesttime at K Vintners in Walla Walla, Wash., and Wine Spectator 's Harvey Steiman gives …
Oct 15, 2014

Grapevine

Counterfeiting Tumult Reaches Climax

Counterfeiting Tumult Reaches Climax

Two cornerstone sagas in the troubled world of wine auctions drew to a qualified close in July and …
Oct 15, 2014
Online Wine Auctioneer Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

Online Wine Auctioneer Arrested on Embezzlement Charges

Why go to the trouble of making and selling fake wine when you can convince other people to let you …
Oct 15, 2014
Massachusetts Legalizes Direct Shipping But Questions Remain

Massachusetts Legalizes Direct Shipping But Questions Remain

Massachusetts has become the 40th state to legalize winery direct-to-consumer shipping. On July 11, …
Oct 15, 2014
The Wine-List Midas Touch

The Wine-List Midas Touch

Guy Savoy and L'Arpège in Paris; Bouley, Le Bernardin, Cru and Per Se in New York: That sums up …
Oct 15, 2014
The Deal With Raw

The Deal With Raw

Raw foodists have discovered chocolate, and they are finding a payoff beyond any health benefits. A …
Oct 15, 2014
At Home With Chris Mazepink

At Home With Chris Mazepink

Archery Summit winemaker Chris Mazepink and his wife, Kariana, a dentist, moved into their home a …
Oct 15, 2014
Second-Quarter Auction Index Rises 1.5 Percent

Second-Quarter Auction Index Rises 1.5 Percent

The Wine Spectator Auction Index, which tracks sales of commercial wine auctions in the United …
Oct 15, 2014
Reds from Tuscany, Portugal and Spain; Values from Washington

Reds from Tuscany, Portugal and Spain; Values from Washington

Wine Spectator 's Bruce Sanderson recommends Tuscan reds, wines from the Duero River region, Rhône …
Oct 15, 2014
Napa's Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm

Napa's Quixote Winery Sold to Chinese-Owned Firm

Carl Doumani has sold his Quixote winery in Napa Valley's Stags Leap District to Le Melange, a …
Oct 15, 2014
Destin Charity Wine Auction Raises $1.7 Million for Florida Children

Destin Charity Wine Auction Raises $1.7 Million for Florida Children

In its ninth year, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation generated $1.7 million in live bids on …
Oct 15, 2014

Departments

The Allure of Scotch

The Allure of Scotch

We are wine lovers foremost, and so most of Wine Spectator 's editorial coverage is devoted to …
Oct 15, 2014
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers write in about the French Paradox and the debate over natural wine.
Oct 15, 2014
Brothers of the Vine

Brothers of the Vine

In Browns Valley in Napa, west of downtown, Mimi and Rob Buoncristiani have for decades made their …
Oct 15, 2014
Why We Need Ingredient Labeling

Why We Need Ingredient Labeling

Wine sells on romance. And we're all susceptible to it—very likely wine writers like Wine …
Oct 15, 2014
Braised Short Ribs With Syrah

Braised Short Ribs With Syrah

Chef Matthew Tropeano of Pain D'Avignon in Hyannis, Mass., often looks to seasonal produce for …
Oct 15, 2014

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

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

Web Exclusive Content

WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL Autumn, amid the excitement of harvest, is a great time to visit your favorite region. Wine Spectator editors provide tips on where to stay, dine, taste and tour in places as diverse as Monterey on California's coast, Long Island's East End and Provence in Southern France.

KOSHER PICKS One of New York's leading kosher restaurants shares a new recipe for the High Holidays, along with kosher wine suggestions to satisfy a wide range of tastes.

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  • Rich Reds of New Zealand: Most wine lovers think of the country for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. But Cabernet and Syrah are on the rise, from the stony soils of Gimblett Gravels in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island. Get to know the wines and region with Craggy Range's director of winemaking, Steve Smith.
  • Cool & Crisp Aussies: As many Australian winemakers opt for crisp and juicy wines over the big and ripe style for which the country has been known, cool-climate areas such as Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges are hot. Check out the Strathbogie style of Chardonnay and Shiraz with vintner Matt Fowles.
  • Pinot Style—Sonoma Coast vs. Valley: To demonstrate the impact of climate and soil, Three Sticks winemaker Don Van Staaveren compares two single-vineyard Pinot Noirs—one from Sonoma Valley and one from Sonoma Coast.

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