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Bull Market for Wine

Bull Market for Wine

When the gavel came down on lot 150 at an Aulden Cellars-Sotheby's auction on Nov. 18, 2006, an …
Nov 30, 2007
Bull Market for Wine: Bordeaux

Bull Market for Wine: Bordeaux

Bordeaux has been a staple at wine auctions for centuries. Christie's first sale in 1766 boasted a …
Nov 30, 2007
Bull Market for Wine: California

Bull Market for Wine: California

In the wine-auction market, California is, like, so 1999. During the dot-com boom of the late …
Nov 30, 2007
Bull Market for Wine: Burgundy

Bull Market for Wine: Burgundy

The biggest auction-market story of the past three years is Burgundy. American collectors are now …
Nov 30, 2007
Bull Market for Wine: The Rhône

Bull Market for Wine: The Rhône

With the exception of a few superstars, Rhône Valley wines offer plenty of value at auction. But it …
Nov 30, 2007
Bull Market for Wine: Italy

Bull Market for Wine: Italy

Since 2004, the Italian wine index has increased a mere 27 percent. While that may be only a bit …
Nov 30, 2007
Bull Market for Wine: Collector's Roundtable

Bull Market for Wine: Collector's Roundtable

Fueled by a worldwide economic boom, steadily growing wine consumption and inexorably rising prices …
Nov 30, 2007

Tasting Reports

Merlot on the Upswing

Merlot on the Upswing

California Merlot doesn't get much respect these days, but the wines of the 2004 vintage should go …
Nov 30, 2007
Merlot on the Upswing: Marilyn Merlot Magic

Merlot on the Upswing: Marilyn Merlot Magic

Credit the enduring allure of a Hollywood icon. Factor in the consumer appeal of a striking label …
Nov 30, 2007
Best In a Generation

Best In a Generation

Since my last report on the Rhône Valley (" Split Personality in the Rhône ," Nov. 15, 2006), I …
Nov 30, 2007

Features

Enjoying Aspen

Enjoying Aspen

For a town of 6,000 residents, many of whom occupy their expensive homes there only a few weeks a …
Nov 30, 2007
Rhône Quest in California

Rhône Quest in California

Tinkering. That's what most winemakers and growers in California were doing with Rhône varietals in …
Nov 30, 2007
What Becomes a Classic

What Becomes a Classic

The accepted wisdom is that certain food and wine combinations—Vintage Port and Stilton, for …
Nov 30, 2007
Tuscan Ambition

Tuscan Ambition

Thomas Bär doesn't make wine for the money. Not that he would need to. He spent four decades …
Nov 30, 2007

Grapevine

Improving on Perfection

Improving on Perfection

John Jorgenson was deeply attached to his first wine cellar, and for good reason—he built it …
Nov 30, 2007
Collecting Q & A With Peter D. Meltzer

Collecting Q & A With Peter D. Meltzer

Auction correspondent Peter D. Meltzer answers your questions about collecting fine wine. He is the …
Nov 30, 2007
Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Cooking With Chestnuts

Tastes: IN THE KITCHEN with Sam Gugino: Cooking With Chestnuts

Chestnuts aren't just for homey holiday dishes like stuffing anymore; restaurant chefs around the …
Nov 30, 2007
Tastes: Pail in Comparison

Tastes: Pail in Comparison

Let's examine the marriage of form and function: Is it overrated? Can a thing be valuable for its …
Nov 30, 2007
Tastes: Tea Time

Tastes: Tea Time

Matcha, the powdered green tea known for its antioxidant properties, is making appearances in …
Nov 30, 2007
Tastes: Set for Life

Tastes: Set for Life

Do you ever want to just buy a cheese-knife set and be done with it? (You know, instead of fishing …
Nov 30, 2007
Tastes: Spirits: Armagnac's Appeal

Tastes: Spirits: Armagnac's Appeal

I love to proselytize for Armagnac, but whenever I do, I get a question I hate to answer: "How does …
Nov 30, 2007
The Battle Against Fraudulent Wines

The Battle Against Fraudulent Wines

Some wines are consumed a few months after harvest, while others are aged for decades. And then …
Nov 30, 2007
Wine & Health: Alcohol Linked to Higher Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Wine & Health: Alcohol Linked to Higher Risk of Breast Cancer, Study Finds

Researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., recently delivered …
Nov 30, 2007
U.S. to Drink More Wine Than Italy

U.S. to Drink More Wine Than Italy

Total wine consumption in the United States will surpass wine consumption in Italy by the end of …
Nov 30, 2007
GrapeVine

GrapeVine

< Martha Stewart has teamed up with E. & J. Gallo for a new wine label called Martha Stewart …
Nov 30, 2007
Wine Talk: Anne Belec

Wine Talk: Anne Belec

Anne Belec, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, quickly established herself as a rising star at …
Nov 30, 2007
Winery Village Taking Shape in Seattle Suburb

Winery Village Taking Shape in Seattle Suburb

Woodinville, Wash., a suburb of Seattle and home to more than 30 wineries, is about to get four …
Nov 30, 2007

Departments

Injured Reserve

Injured Reserve

The use of the "reserve" designation—and its many permutations—on wine labels has been on the wane …
Nov 30, 2007
Beginning Again in Beaujolais

Beginning Again in Beaujolais

ROMANÈCHE-THORINS, France—"Ten years ago you couldn't buy any land here in Beaujolais," said …
Nov 30, 2007
This Issue: The Booming Market for Fine Wine

This Issue: The Booming Market for Fine Wine

If you've been a wine lover for a while, you've seen prices rise. And rise. And rise. Let's face …
Nov 30, 2007

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

COLLECTING & AUCTIONS  Build your cellar through smart bidding. Our tools can help you find the good investments and values:

  • The Auction Price Database tracks the performance of more than 15,600 collectible wines.
  • The Auction Highlights section analyzes results from the latest major sales, including lots that sold for above- or below-average prices.
  • The Auction Calendar keeps you informed about upcoming sales.

GUEST BLOGGERS:  From famous chefs to top winemakers to rock stars, our guest bloggers have offered a wide range of perspectives on wine. Now meet Richard Betts, who oversees Montagna at the Little Nell's Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list and makes his own Betts & Scholl wines.


TOP 100 COUNTDOWN  On Nov. 12, we'll begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2007, followed by the complete Top 100 list. The names of the wines will be available to all our readers, but you must be a subscriber to get the full tasting notes. Visit our Web site for a full schedule of the countdown and don't miss out on this exciting event.

BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU  Join us Nov. 15 for our annual tasting of these fresh, fruity, bargain-priced reds. Find out which of the 2007 releases are crowd-pleasers and which ones you should pass up.

VIDEOS:  We now have more than 175 videos, including ones on:

  • Collecting roundtable: Watch and learn from the people who drive the wine auction market.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Discover why these southern French wines are so age-worthy and food-friendly.
  • Oyster pairing: Find the perfect wine to match with this popular shellfish.
  • Tuscany: Take a peek at the 2007 Brunello harvest at Casanova di Neri.
  • Bordeaux: Meet the château owners behind some of the world's most collectible reds.

TURKEY TIPS  Get fresh ideas for your Thanksgiving meal plus recommended wine matches for the bird and all its trimmings.

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