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Dec 15, 2010

Washington

Often outshouted by versions from California and Europe, the Rieslings, Chardonnays, Cabernets, Merlots and Syrahs of Washington can deliver pure fruit flavors and distinctive character at prices that don’t break the bank (psst, pass it on).

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

Cover Stories

Washington An Open Secret

Washington An Open Secret

The state may still be better known for apples and computer codes, but over the past couple of …
Dec 15, 2010
Pathbreakers

Pathbreakers

Here's the inside scoop on five of Washington’s most exciting wineries and the vintners who drive …
Dec 15, 2010
Washington’s Rich Vein of Values is Studded With Gems

Washington’s Rich Vein of Values is Studded With Gems

Anyone prospecting for compelling wines at fair prices will find the mother lode in Washington's …
Dec 15, 2010

Tasting Reports

Argentina’s Hit or Miss Year

Argentina’s Hit or Miss Year

It's been a rapid and dramatic rise for Argentina over the past five years. It all seemed so easy: …
Dec 15, 2010

Features

The American First-Growth

The American First-Growth

It was 75 years ago, in May 1935, that Dillon bought Haut-Brion for $155,000. In the decades since, …
Dec 15, 2010
Bordeaux U.S.A.

Bordeaux U.S.A.

Americans have been in Bordeaux nearly as long as there has been a United States of America. n the …
Dec 15, 2010
Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

From a raucous get-together with extended family to an elegant cocktail party with close friends, …
Dec 15, 2010
A Hearty Harvest Supper

A Hearty Harvest Supper

The wines of famed Bordeaux château Lynch-Bages are on the lists of serious restaurants worldwide, …
Dec 15, 2010

Grapevine

Grapes Transformed

Grapes Transformed

Grapegrowers face difficult questions as they try to protect their vines from disease. Is it better …
Dec 15, 2010
Sonoma Puts Its Name Front and Center

Sonoma Puts Its Name Front and Center

With the passage of a new California law, consumers will soon be seeing "Sonoma County" on more …
Dec 15, 2010
Is French Oak Corking Your Wine?

Is French Oak Corking Your Wine?

Are those months of respite in French oak barrels actually unhealthy for your wine? A controversial …
Dec 15, 2010
Wanted: 31 Tons of Grapes

Wanted: 31 Tons of Grapes

Harvest is the most nerve-racking time of year for winegrowers. After a long season of tending the …
Dec 15, 2010
Whitesnake Red

Whitesnake Red

People who pick up a bottle of Whitesnake Zinfandel probably have little doubt that rock singer …
Dec 15, 2010
New-Wave Whiskey

New-Wave Whiskey

In the past decade, a new breed of whiskey makers-variously called craft, micro- or small-batch …
Dec 15, 2010
A Coffee Christmas

A Coffee Christmas

What do you give your favorite coffee lover for Christmas? You could always go for the "Christmas …
Dec 15, 2010
Higher Prices Realized in U.S. Auctions

Higher Prices Realized in U.S. Auctions

Prices in the wine auction market gained traction in the third quarter of 2010, fueled by strong …
Dec 15, 2010
Hip Syrahs, Stunning Rieslings and Wines from Around the World

Hip Syrahs, Stunning Rieslings and Wines from Around the World

Here's a diverse group of wines-red and white, Old and New World-that offer fine examples of their …
Dec 15, 2010
A Celebration on Long Island

A Celebration on Long Island

On Sept. 25, winemakers had another reason to feel good: The perfect weather held, and 700 people …
Dec 15, 2010
Sommelier Spotlight

Sommelier Spotlight

Canada has a thriving wine scene-sommelier Valerie-Marie Lessard can attest to that. Lessard, 33, …
Dec 15, 2010
Health Report: Moderate Drinking Linked to Longer Lives, But Is It the Wine?

Health Report: Moderate Drinking Linked to Longer Lives, But Is It the Wine?

Numerous studies have found a link between consuming alcohol in moderation and living a longer …
Dec 15, 2010
Some Wine During Pregnancy Not a Risk, Study Finds

Some Wine During Pregnancy Not a Risk, Study Finds

Children born to mothers who drank light amounts of alcohol while pregnant show no signs of …
Dec 15, 2010
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Rene di Rosa, art collector, newspaper reporter and grapegrower died Oct. 3 in Napa. He was 91. Di …
Dec 15, 2010
Harvest Mishaps

Harvest Mishaps

The pilfered grapes in Washington and Languedoc are the first cases Wine Spectator can recall of …
Dec 15, 2010

Departments

Sonoma’s New Old Vine Star

Sonoma’s New Old Vine Star

Dozens of new wineries emerge in California each year, and many deliver exciting wines. Every once …
Dec 15, 2010
Is There No End to This?

Is There No End to This?

It all began when Wine Spectator contributing editor Matt Kramer walked into my local wineshop …
Dec 15, 2010
Shaking Up Bordeaux

Shaking Up Bordeaux

Bordeaux is France's largest wine region, and arguably its most famous. Because of that, any …
Dec 15, 2010
The Wines of Washington

The Wines of Washington

There are classic regions such as Bordeaux and Tuscany that have kept pace with changing tastes. …
Dec 15, 2010
Letters

Letters

Dec 15, 2010
Spaghetti Carbonara With Beaujolais

Spaghetti Carbonara With Beaujolais

The classic carbonara is spaghetti and pancetta, with a quick sauce of egg and Parmigiano whipped …
Dec 15, 2010

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

UNVEILING THE TOP 100 OF 2010
Each year, Wine Spectator editors select the 100 most exciting wines they've tasted. Starting in mid-November, we unveil the picks online at WineSpectator.com. (The complete package will be available exclusively in our Dec. 31, 2010 - Jan. 15, 2011 issue.)

Top 10 Countdown:On Monday, Nov. 15, WineSpectator.com will begin revealing the Top 10 wines, culminating with the Wine of the Year on Friday, Nov. 19. Each unveiling will be accompanied by a video explaining why the wine was selected. After the countdown, we'll provide a printable list of the entire Top 100, complete with wine name, rank, score and price.

Free Site Access: As a bonus during the Top 100 period, we'll be offering all visitors free trial access! Be sure to check out all our website's members-only features-including tasting notes for all the Top 100 wines-from Nov. 15 to 28. Don't miss out!


HOLIDAY GIFTS AND ENTERTAINING Get great ideas for the wine lovers among your friends and family. Plus, we'll help you impress your party guests with crowd-pleasing wines and delicious recipes.

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  • Spain—Tradition and Innovation: Learn about the traditional Ribera del Duero region and its wine styles from innovative vintner José Manuel Ortega Fournier of O. Fournier.


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