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The Magic of Italy
Apr 30, 2020

The Magic of Italy

Italy's rich culture is expressed differently across its provinces. In this issue's cover story, we take you to six destination wine regions and provide a guide to the wineries and local artisans that embody the distinctive history and style of each.

Cover Stories

The Best of Italy

The Best of Italy

Most wine lovers are familiar with the great wines of Italy. But working near the vineyards are …
Apr 30, 2020
Milan & Piedmont

Milan & Piedmont

Milan, Italy's center of finance, fashion and design, lies close to Piedmont, home to a number of …
Apr 30, 2020
Venice & the Veneto

Venice & the Veneto

The region of Veneto, with Venice sitting on its eastern seaboard, offers great wines in abundance, …
Apr 30, 2020
Bologna & Emilia-Romagna

Bologna & Emilia-Romagna

Bologna is a microcosm of Italy's culture, both historical and contemporary. The nearby Emilia-Roma…
Apr 30, 2020
Florence & Tuscany

Florence & Tuscany

The wine wonderland of Tuscany has more to offer than a wealth of world-class pours. Renowned …
Apr 30, 2020
Rome & Lazio

Rome & Lazio

Italy's capital offers a panoply of cultural delights, from the appealing wines of Lazio to the …
Apr 30, 2020
Naples & Campania

Naples & Campania

The once-faded, sometimes gritty metropolis of Naples has acquired a buzz in recent years. In …
Apr 30, 2020

Tasting Reports

The Purity of Piedmont

The Purity of Piedmont

Expectations were high for the 2015 Barolos, and the vintage has met them, scoring classic. The …
Apr 30, 2020
Alphabetical Guide to Piedmont

Alphabetical Guide to Piedmont

For more than a decade, Barolo has been on a roll in the United States, gaining momentum with a …
Apr 30, 2020
Trials & Tribulations

Trials & Tribulations

California's lineup of Rhône-style reds and whites persevere in 2017 despite challenging weather …
Apr 30, 2020
Alphabetical Guide to California Rhônes

Alphabetical Guide to California Rhônes

2017 was a turbulent year in California wine country. It was a headache from start to finish, with …
Apr 30, 2020

Features

Health Study Links Wine to Longer Life

Health Study Links Wine to Longer Life

A new Harvard study found that people who exercised regularly, ate a healthy diet and drank in …
Apr 30, 2020
Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot

We've plumbed our editors' recent reviews to bring value-seeking shoppers this list of 100 wines …
Apr 30, 2020
Tablas Creek's French Accent

Tablas Creek's French Accent

A friendship between Jean-Pierre Perrin of the Rhône's Château de Beaucastel and American importer …
Apr 30, 2020

Grapevine

EU Wines Spared 100% Tariffs

EU Wines Spared 100% Tariffs

The Trump administration sent wine consumers a decidedly mixed Valentine today. In the early …
Apr 30, 2020
California Wineries Sue Insurance Firms Over Smoke-Tainted Wines

California Wineries Sue Insurance Firms Over Smoke-Tainted Wines

Kunde Family and Vintage Wine Estates file lawsuits against their insurance carriers for refusing …
Apr 30, 2020
In Brief: Bordeaux Stars Buy in Napa; Bonny Doon Vineyard Sold

In Brief: Bordeaux Stars Buy in Napa; Bonny Doon Vineyard Sold

A pair of celebrated wineries traded hands in two recent California sales.
Apr 30, 2020
Live Bids Tally $44 Million Across 13 Charity Wine Auctions

Live Bids Tally $44 Million Across 13 Charity Wine Auctions

The wine community rallied in support of numerous philanthropic causes in 2019, with 13 U.S. events …
Apr 30, 2020
Spreading Some Good Southern Cheer

Spreading Some Good Southern Cheer

Pimento cheese is a snacking staple south of the Mason-Dixon line. Follow our recipe to make your …
Apr 30, 2020
The Rare Air of Cognac

The Rare Air of Cognac

Hyperpremium Cognac elevates this elegant French spirit to new heights of quality and complexity. …
Apr 30, 2020
Vacation Vibes with Kathryn & Craig Hall

Vacation Vibes with Kathryn & Craig Hall

The California vintners behind Hall and Walt wineries unwind from their busy lives in a luxurious …
Apr 30, 2020
Spanish Stars, California Gold, Southern Hemisphere Bargains

Spanish Stars, California Gold, Southern Hemisphere Bargains

Our editors recommend well-rated values from across the wine world, including diverse Spanish …
Apr 30, 2020

Departments

Made in Italy

Made in Italy

Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken discusses the April 30, 2020, issue, with …
Apr 30, 2020
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers write in with their thoughts and opinions on the stories we publish on the …
Apr 30, 2020
Lee Hudson's Stellar Chardonnays

Lee Hudson's Stellar Chardonnays

The Texas-born winemaker has had a hand in transforming Carneros from cattle country to a hotbed of …
Apr 30, 2020
What's In a Name?

What's In a Name?

In Bordeaux, many estates share names, which can result in confusion for consumers. But these …
Apr 30, 2020
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval to Premiere Rosé Champagne

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Château Miraval to Premiere Rosé Champagne

When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie separated nearly four years ago, rosé observers wondered what …
Apr 30, 2020
Lead in His Red: Did Wine Kill Beethoven?

Lead in His Red: Did Wine Kill Beethoven?

Recent research suggests that there was more to Beethoven's death than alcohol. Lead content in his …
Apr 30, 2020
Drug-Dealer Wine-Stealers Busted for Alleged Theft of Royal Wines

Drug-Dealer Wine-Stealers Busted for Alleged Theft of Royal Wines

After a chase through a crop field, police in Alsace, France, arrested an alleged cannabis farmer, …
Apr 30, 2020
Behind the Scenes at Star Trek's Château Picard Vineyard

Behind the Scenes at Star Trek's Château Picard Vineyard

Star Trek beamed up the premiere of the latest series in the saga, Star Trek: Picard , yesterday …
Apr 30, 2020

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