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Jun 15, 2018

Sonoma Wine Country

Healdsburg and the Alexander Valley make a distinctive combination: an increasingly posh and prosperous small town in a wine region that retains all of Sonoma County's old-time charm.

Cover Stories

Wine Country Moves Forward

Wine Country Moves Forward

After wildfires scorched Northern California in October 2017, the tight-knit community of Sonoma is …
Jun 15, 2018
The Soul of Sonoma

The Soul of Sonoma

Can a small town find fame without losing its soul? It helps that Sonoma's culture and community …
Jun 15, 2018
The Wine Country Fires of 2017

The Wine Country Fires of 2017

Green is the color of life in wine country. However, in October 2017, wine country turned red as …
Jun 15, 2018
Sonoma's Heartland

Sonoma's Heartland

There are more than 70 tasting rooms around Sonoma Valley and dozens of restaurants worth trying, …
Jun 15, 2018
In the Eye of the Firestorm

In the Eye of the Firestorm

After devastating wildfires killed 44 people and wiped out entire neighborhoods, Santa Rosa, …
Jun 15, 2018
Worth Discovering

Worth Discovering

Cafés, restaurants, and dessert and ice cream shops abound in Sonoma Valley. Wine Spectator …
Jun 15, 2018

Tasting Reports

Style and Substance

Style and Substance

Across the Golden State, there's a new enthusiasm for Sauvignon Blanc, as producers and consumers …
Jun 15, 2018
Work in Progress

Work in Progress

South Africa offers something for everyone. White and red wines produced from a range of varieties …
Jun 15, 2018

Features

Global Bubblies

Global Bubblies

Besides offering value, sparkling wine regions beyond Champagne have traditions and characters that …
Jun 15, 2018

Grapevine

The Cheesemongers' Champion

The Cheesemongers' Champion

Adam Moskowitz takes his job selling cheese seriously, but not too seriously. An avowed rascal who …
Jun 15, 2018
DIY Candy Bars

DIY Candy Bars

Owen Dugan tried to create a version of one of his favorite chocolate bars from childhood—the …
Jun 15, 2018
Oil Around the World

Oil Around the World

Olive oil producers from diverse parts of the globe are creating unique and fresh oils that are …
Jun 15, 2018
France Grapples With Wine Fraud

France Grapples With Wine Fraud

At an April 5, 2018, hearing, Bordeaux's criminal tribunal found négociant and bulk-wine bottler …
Jun 15, 2018
A Classic Revisited

A Classic Revisited

In Harvey Steiman's three decades of reviewing Oregon Pinot Noir, the dazzling 2008 vintage …
Jun 15, 2018
Winning Zinfandels, Old World Picks, Must-try Malbecs

Winning Zinfandels, Old World Picks, Must-try Malbecs

Bruce Sanderson brings you a selection of Zinfandels, a group of wines from the Southern Hemisphere…
Jun 15, 2018
Vintners Confront Specter of Smoke Taint

Vintners Confront Specter of Smoke Taint

Smoke taint has become a major concern for Northern California vintners whose vineyards were …
Jun 15, 2018
Wine Suites at Maui's Four Seasons

Wine Suites at Maui's Four Seasons

If you're a wine lover looking for exotic experiences in Hawaii or Peru, then Wine Spectator 's …
Jun 15, 2018
Amy Poehler Hits Wine Country and Brings Tina Fey Along

Amy Poehler Hits Wine Country and Brings Tina Fey Along

Actor and comedian Amy Poehler is partnering up with Tina Fey and Netflix to star in and direct …
Jun 15, 2018
In Memoriam: Robert Haas; Nicolaus Hahn

In Memoriam: Robert Haas; Nicolaus Hahn

Wine Spectator remembers the lives and accomplishments of Robert Haas, wine merchant and co-founde…
Jun 15, 2018
Meininger Honors Publisher Marvin R. Shanken

Meininger Honors Publisher Marvin R. Shanken

Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken was presented with Meininger Verlag's …
Jun 15, 2018

Departments

The Dark Side of Napa

The Dark Side of Napa

James Laube believes that something is eating at author James Conaway, who's angry at the politics …
Jun 15, 2018
What Makes a Wine Great?

What Makes a Wine Great?

Though innumerable writers and wine lovers have individually arrived at their own personal …
Jun 15, 2018
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers share their thoughts, ideas and opinions on the stories we publish on the …
Jun 15, 2018
Moving Forward in Sonoma

Moving Forward in Sonoma

Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken discusses the June 15, 2018, issue, with …
Jun 15, 2018
Black Bass With Oregon Pinot Blanc

Black Bass With Oregon Pinot Blanc

It’s not difficult to cook a black bass fillet. But to help you knock yours out of the park, chef …
Jun 15, 2018

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

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

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