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Soft Cheeses
Dec 15, 2020

Soft Cheeses

Soft cheeses are made in many styles. Some are subtle and fresh, others rich, oozing and funky. Or they can fall in between, creamy and sweet. We point you to the best from Europe and the U.S., and suggest harmonious wine pairings.

Cover Stories

Soft Spot: Tangy and Fresh Cheeses

Soft Spot: Tangy and Fresh Cheeses

Classic Old World cheeses and New World stars deliver deliciousness in these two matchups starring …
Dec 15, 2020
Soft Spot: Mild and Creamy Cheeses

Soft Spot: Mild and Creamy Cheeses

Classic Old World cheeses and New World stars deliver deliciousness in these two matchups starring …
Dec 15, 2020
Soft Spot: Aromatic and Funky Cheeses

Soft Spot: Aromatic and Funky Cheeses

Classic Old World cheeses and New World stars deliver deliciousness in these two matchups starring …
Dec 15, 2020
Soft Spot: Soft Cheese Nirvana

Soft Spot: Soft Cheese Nirvana

Classic Old World cheeses and New World stars deliver deliciousness
Dec 15, 2020

Tasting Reports

Brighter Days

Brighter Days

The Champagne region gives reason to celebrate, with a range of styles and outstanding wines from …
Dec 15, 2020
Alphabetical Guide to Champagne

Alphabetical Guide to Champagne

The nearly 325 Champagnes Wine Spectator reviewed in 2020, including new releases from the exciting …
Dec 15, 2020
Reds on the Rise

Reds on the Rise

California winemakers explore alternative grapes in emerging regions
Dec 15, 2020
Alphabetical Guide to Emerging Red Varieties in California

Alphabetical Guide to Emerging Red Varieties in California

Alternative reds were on the rise in 2020, with exciting bottlings from Spanish and Italian …
Dec 15, 2020
California Merlot’s Starring Role

California Merlot’s Starring Role

This rich red takes the lead in a range of outstanding bottlings from recent vintages
Dec 15, 2020
Alphabetical Guide to California Merlot

Alphabetical Guide to California Merlot

Over 100 California Merlots Wine Spectator reviewed in 2020, Meritage blends lead, offering …
Dec 15, 2020

Features

Bottles to Uncork, Bottles to Unwrap

Bottles to Uncork, Bottles to Unwrap

Sommeliers share their picks for toasting and gifting this holiday season
Dec 15, 2020
What to Pop … for an Intimate Gathering

What to Pop … for an Intimate Gathering

Kick back and make the best of 2020 with these sommelier picks for a small celebration or quiet …
Dec 15, 2020
What to Give … An Enthusiastic Newbie

What to Give … An Enthusiastic Newbie

Wines to expand their horizons, selected by top sommeliers; plus gadget gifts for the person who …
Dec 15, 2020
Wines to Give … Your Most Special Someone

Wines to Give … Your Most Special Someone

Unusual bottlings with great stories, selected by top sommeliers
Dec 15, 2020

Grapevine

Wine Sales Grow Despite Tough Times

Wine Sales Grow Despite Tough Times

Rosé and sparkling wine sales are continuing to climb, even through the global pandemic
Dec 15, 2020
Fish and Chips with Champagne

Fish and Chips with Champagne

RPM Seafood’s recipe for crispy Dover sole, served with potato wedges and tartar sauce, is a …
Dec 15, 2020

Departments

Soft Cheeses & Sparkling Wines

Soft Cheeses & Sparkling Wines

Wine Spectator's Dec. 15, 2020, issue is an epicure’s delight, featuring mouthwatering coverage of …
Dec 15, 2020
California’s New Normal?

California’s New Normal?

Dry years are nothing new for the state's winegrowing industry. But the reduced rainfall, searing …
Dec 15, 2020
Taras Ochota: Sound and Vision

Taras Ochota: Sound and Vision

Remembering the rocker-turned-winemaker who helped pioneer a new age of low-intervention wine in …
Dec 15, 2020

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.