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Nov 30, 2013

Spanish Olive Oil

Spain in the past has long been a mass producer of olive oil. Quantity over quality had been the mantra of its industry. As of late, it has had heads turning and tongues wagging by shifting gears and adding excellence into the mix.

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.

Cover Stories

Spain Turns Olives Into Gold

Spain Turns Olives Into Gold

Spain has long been the sleeping giant of the oil industry. Much of its production, however, has …
Nov 30, 2013
Leading Spanish Olive Oil Producers

Leading Spanish Olive Oil Producers

Wine Spectator lists a selection of outstanding Spanish olive oil producers.
Nov 30, 2013
How Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is Made

How Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is Made

The legal definition of extra-virgin olive oil is precise. The European Union, the U.S. Department …
Nov 30, 2013

Tasting Reports

California Merlot's Challenging 2010s

California Merlot's Challenging 2010s

Aproblematic growing season led to mixed quality in the 2010 vintage of California Merlot. It was …
Nov 30, 2013
Standing in Their Shadow

Standing in Their Shadow

In the 2011 vintage, both ends of the Rhône Valley saw success despite a less-than-perfect growing …
Nov 30, 2013
Rhône Valley Alphabetical Listing

Rhône Valley Alphabetical Listing

These wines were tasted for the Rhône Valley wine report in the November 30, 2013, issue of Wine …
Nov 30, 2013

Features

Genius of Gigondas

Genius of Gigondas

Winemaker Louis Barruol loves a challenge. Fast-forward to 2013 and he can be proud of what he has …
Nov 30, 2013
Fearless

Fearless

No one would have blamed Isabel Ferrando if she had decided to back out. In early September of …
Nov 30, 2013
Carmel Valley Holiday

Carmel Valley Holiday

For chef Cal Stamenov of Marinus at Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, Calif., the winter holidays …
Nov 30, 2013

Grapevine

Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece

The first thing you notice upon entering the wine cellar in Rick and Jane Theiler's home, located …
Nov 30, 2013
A New American Producer

A New American Producer

San Francisco's Mission District boasts a new chocolate destination: Dandelion Chocolate. If you …
Nov 30, 2013
Rocky Mountain Revivals

Rocky Mountain Revivals

Three top hotels in the wealthy Rocky Mountain resort town of Aspen, Colo., recently revamped their …
Nov 30, 2013
Selling Wines the Whole Foods Way

Selling Wines the Whole Foods Way

When it comes to selling organically and sustainably grown wine, few retailers have the clout of …
Nov 30, 2013
Sugarcane Closure

Sugarcane Closure

When organic, biodynamic and sustainable vintners look to bring their low-impact philosophies to …
Nov 30, 2013
From Compost to Cupcakes

From Compost to Cupcakes

Last year, California and Washington wineries alone crushed around 4.5 million tons of wine grapes, …
Nov 30, 2013
Scientists Try to Unravel Cork Taint

Scientists Try to Unravel Cork Taint

Cork taint is one of wine's greatest enemies, and it's usually caused by the compound 2,4,6-trichlo…
Nov 30, 2013
“The Dawn of Wine” Wins 2013 Video Contest

“The Dawn of Wine” Wins 2013 Video Contest

A feel-good buddy flick starring a wine-loving lizard won a landslide victory in Wine Spectator 's …
Nov 30, 2013
A New Orleans Homecoming

A New Orleans Homecoming

It was a National Merit Scholarship that brought sommelier Dan Davis to the University of New …
Nov 30, 2013
Rhône Reds, Washington Syrahs and German Riesling

Rhône Reds, Washington Syrahs and German Riesling

Wine Spectator 's Bruce Sanderson selects value-minded bottles from the Rhône, Washington, …
Nov 30, 2013
Discovering Heritage Beef

Discovering Heritage Beef

According to the most recent figure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans consumed 25 …
Nov 30, 2013

Departments

Leg of Lamb Anchoïade With Gigondas

Leg of Lamb Anchoïade With Gigondas

It was while working at the celebrated San Francisco restaurant, Square One, that chef Michael …
Nov 30, 2013
Another Front in the TCA War

Another Front in the TCA War

Wine Spectator 's James Laube discusses the persistent problem of TCA tainting wines.
Nov 30, 2013
Buy Bas, Drink Haut

Buy Bas, Drink Haut

Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer discusses wines from previously uncelebrated regions that are …
Nov 30, 2013
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers write in about Josh Jensen, sustainable salmon and Dave Powell's departure …
Nov 30, 2013
Olive Oil and Wine

Olive Oil and Wine

Why, you may be asking, would a wine magazine devote a cover story to olive oil? The answer is, …
Nov 30, 2013

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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