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Tuscany's Bolgheri
Apr 30, 2018

Tuscany's Bolgheri

"I came [to Bolgheri] in 1990 and fell in love with the landscape. I started tasting Sassicaia and Ornellaia and found that their international varieties were perfectly suited to the Bolgheri terroir."—Marilisa Allegrini of Poggio Al Tesoro

Cover Stories

Tuscany's Napa

Tuscany's Napa

This year, Sassicaia celebrates its 50th anniversary. From this one Tuscan wine, which inspired so …
Apr 30, 2018
Building Bolgheri

Building Bolgheri

The producers profiled in this story represent a cross-section of Bolgheri today outside its most …
Apr 30, 2018
Highlights From Bolgheri

Highlights From Bolgheri

Bruce Sanderson offers a guide to Bolgheri's winemakers, profiling the groundbreaking producers …
Apr 30, 2018
Discovering Italy

Discovering Italy

Our editors invite you to explore the wines of the emerging coastal regions of Bolgheri and Marche, …
Apr 30, 2018

Tasting Reports

California's Rhône Resolve

California's Rhône Resolve

A five-year drought has made life difficult for California Rhône winemakers. However, the 2015 …
Apr 30, 2018
California Rhône Alphabetical Listing

California Rhône Alphabetical Listing

A free alphabetical list offering more than 380 California Rhône wines reviewed for the tasting …
Apr 30, 2018
Piedmont Alphabetical Listing

Piedmont Alphabetical Listing

A free alphabetical list offering more than 635 Piedmont wines reviewed for the tasting report in …
Apr 30, 2018
Marche Time

Marche Time

The Marche region of Italy is an area of diverse terroirs,  allowing for the creation of myriad wi…
Apr 30, 2018
Piedmont's Bounty

Piedmont's Bounty

Fans of Piedmont's reds and whites should be enthusiastic about the current releases available. …
Apr 30, 2018

Features

New Frontier

New Frontier

The Marche region in Italy features a range of beaches, rugged natural preserves and sandy city …
Apr 30, 2018
Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Covering a range of regions throughout the New World, the 80 wines chosen for this story all rate …
Apr 30, 2018

Grapevine

Community First at Cowgirl Creamery

Community First at Cowgirl Creamery

Starting out with 10 employees in 1997, Cowgirl Creamery has since grown to about 100, with an …
Apr 30, 2018
2017 Wine Auction Totals Exceed $371 Million

2017 Wine Auction Totals Exceed $371 Million

The American wine auction market was back on top in 2017, rising 10% over 2016. Other international …
Apr 30, 2018
FAQ: America’s Next Top Celebrity Winemaker

FAQ: America’s Next Top Celebrity Winemaker

Our editors take their best guesses about who will be the United States' next celebrity winemaker.
Apr 30, 2018
Consumers Caught in Shipping Crossfire

Consumers Caught in Shipping Crossfire

Access to quality wine has grown greatly over the past few years. But what happens when no one …
Apr 30, 2018
Italian Values, South American Sippers, California Knockouts

Italian Values, South American Sippers, California Knockouts

Bruce Sanderson brings you a group of fine Italian values, affordable South American picks and a …
Apr 30, 2018
Malted in America

Malted in America

The budding world-whisky phenomenon means that single malts are now made across the globe, and a …
Apr 30, 2018
Signature Sonoma Valley Weekend; Luxury Sailing in Bordeaux

Signature Sonoma Valley Weekend; Luxury Sailing in Bordeaux

Sonoma Valley's six American Viticultural Areas will come together in April for the Signature …
Apr 30, 2018
Northern California Wildfire Impact Study Reveals Signs of Hope

Northern California Wildfire Impact Study Reveals Signs of Hope

A study examining the long-term effects of wildfires in Northern California yielded promising news …
Apr 30, 2018
January Mudslides Kill 21 in Santa Barbara County

January Mudslides Kill 21 in Santa Barbara County

After recent wildfires burned on the hillsides of Santa Barbara, heavy rain descended on the area, …
Apr 30, 2018
In Memoriam: Bruno Giacosa, Piedmont Great; Norbert Goldner, Florida Restaurateur

In Memoriam: Bruno Giacosa, Piedmont Great; Norbert Goldner, Florida Restaurateur

Wine Spectator remembers the lives and accomplishments of Bruno Giacosa, one of Tuscany's greatest …
Apr 30, 2018

Departments

Why Bordeaux Is Essential

Why Bordeaux Is Essential

James Laube explores why it's worth stepping back to consider and appreciate Bordeaux's influence …
Apr 30, 2018
In Defense Of ...

In Defense Of ...

Matt Kramer defends three key elements of wine tasting that are often criticized: big wineglasses, …
Apr 30, 2018
Feedback

Feedback

Wine Spectator readers share their thoughts, ideas and differing opinions on the stories we …
Apr 30, 2018
Another Italian Renaissance

Another Italian Renaissance

Editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken discusses the April 30, 2018, issue, with stories on …
Apr 30, 2018

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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

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

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

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  • Why Bordeaux Grapes Thrive in Bolgheri: Ornellaia is one of the super Tuscans that put Italy's Bolgheri on the map. Winemaker Axel Heinz explains why Cabernet and Merlot flourish here.
  • Quick Tip: Ordering Wine for the Group: Choosing a wine at a restaurant can be challenging, and when you're ordering for the table, the pressure is on! Mary Dewane of Sonoma's Benovia Winery offers some tips.
  • Wine Star John Alban: California Rhône-style wine pioneer John Alban took the stage at the 2017 Wine Experience.

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