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Dec 15, 2009

Wine Fraud

The collectible wine market, including old and rare bottles representing the world's most distinctive terroirs and wine lovers' most illuminating drinking experiences, is infiltrated with counterfeits. How deep does the problem go?

FREE Wine Charts:

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

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

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

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

Cover Stories

The Crusade Against Counterfeits

The Crusade Against Counterfeits

Fake wines are the bane of any collector’s existence. We examine just how deep the problem is and …
Dec 15, 2009
Sniffing Out A Fake

Sniffing Out A Fake

Maureen Downey never calls a bottle of wine fake. "Only a producer can do that," says the former …
Dec 15, 2009
The Mysterious Mr. Rodenstock

The Mysterious Mr. Rodenstock

German wine dealer Hardy Rodenstock rose to prominence in the wine world for hosting extraordinary …
Dec 15, 2009
Q&A with Serena Sutcliffe

Q&A with Serena Sutcliffe

Serena Sutcliffe leads Sotheby's International Wine Department, having joined the auction house in …
Dec 15, 2009
The Fight Against Fakes

The Fight Against Fakes

Vintners are taking measures to protect current vintages, incorporating the latest anti-counterfeit…
Dec 15, 2009

Tasting Reports

Malbec Madness

Malbec Madness

Argentina has a winning horse called Malbec, and it's riding it hard. Thanks to the wine's …
Dec 15, 2009
Australia Broadens Its Range

Australia Broadens Its Range

When the topic is Australia's best White wines, Chardonnay and Riesling rightfully get the …
Dec 15, 2009
Barolo Shines in 2005

Barolo Shines in 2005

The difference between great Piedmont wines and simply very good ones still comes down to the …
Dec 15, 2009
An Abundance of Values

An Abundance of Values

In a time when value is high among people's priorities, Spain deserves a place on the table. Its …
Dec 15, 2009

Features

Chef Knows Best

Chef Knows Best

Food lovers and home chefs are particular about what they eat and how it's prepared, but when the …
Dec 15, 2009

Grapevine

1999 Piedmont Reds Ready to Drink

1999 Piedmont Reds Ready to Drink

The 1999 vintage in Piedmont was never destined for greatness, despite the excitement of wine …
Dec 15, 2009
Mick Hucknall

Mick Hucknall

When British singer Mick Hucknall, 49, decided to become a vintner in the late 1990s, he had the …
Dec 15, 2009
Burgundy Wineries Announce Key Acquisitions

Burgundy Wineries Announce Key Acquisitions

While grape pickers were heading into Burgundy's vineyards to harvest the newest vintage, the …
Dec 15, 2009
Cliff Lede Buys Pinot Producer Breggo Cellars

Cliff Lede Buys Pinot Producer Breggo Cellars

Napa winery owner Cliff Lede is adding Pinot Noir to his portfolio. Cliff Lede Winery has purchased …
Dec 15, 2009
Gifts To Eat, Use and Read

Gifts To Eat, Use and Read

Holiday cheese gifts don't have to be AstroTurf-lined baskets with nut-encrusted cheeseballs and …
Dec 15, 2009
Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper

The northern Italian region of Piedmont offers more than Barolos and Barbarescos, especially when …
Dec 15, 2009
Resveratrol Exhibits Antiviral Properties in Italian Study

Resveratrol Exhibits Antiviral Properties in Italian Study

Resveratrol, a polyphenolic compound found in red wine and the focus of many medical researchers, …
Dec 15, 2009
Scientists Isolate Genetic Difference Between European and American Vines

Scientists Isolate Genetic Difference Between European and American Vines

Some people consider being called "foxy" a compliment, but it's never good for wine. It describes a …
Dec 15, 2009
Science Briefs

Science Briefs

If you think Champagne has more flavor than still wine, you may be on to something.
Dec 15, 2009
Cognac Is a Given for the Season

Cognac Is a Given for the Season

France's eminent brandy, Cognac, is so easy to like that even without knowing the tastes of the …
Dec 15, 2009
Vintners of the Gridiron

Vintners of the Gridiron

Football and wine have a lot in common. Both are most action-packed during the fall. Both require …
Dec 15, 2009

Departments

A Vineyard’s Last Stand

A Vineyard’s Last Stand

The death of vintner Kathryn Kennedy in August left the fate of her namesake vineyard and winery in …
Dec 15, 2009
Why Luxury Wines Are Here to Stay

Why Luxury Wines Are Here to Stay

Some observers say that wines from Argentina, Chile and South Africa-where First World capital and …
Dec 15, 2009
For the Love of Rare and Old Wines

For the Love of Rare and Old Wines

I wonder how many fake wines I have tasted in my nearly three decades as a wine critic with Wine …
Dec 15, 2009
Too Much of a Good Thing?

Too Much of a Good Thing?

The good times are rolling for Argentine wine these days. American consumers bent on getting bang …
Dec 15, 2009
Letters

Letters

Here at Wine Spectator, we get questions from our readers about all aspects of wine, from the down …
Dec 15, 2009
The Curse of Counterfeits

The Curse of Counterfeits

Wine Spectator has long reported on counterfeit wines. Over the past year, freelance contributor …
Dec 15, 2009
The Curse of Counterfeits

The Curse of Counterfeits

Wine Spectator has long reported on counterfeit wines. Over the past year, freelance contributor …
Dec 15, 2009

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

UNVEILING THE TOP 100 OF 2009
Every year Wine Spectator editors select the 100 most exciting wines they've tasted, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. The complete package will be available exclusively in our Dec. 31, 2009, issue. Starting in mid-November, we unveil our picks online at WineSpectator.com.

WineSpectator.com Members: Get early access to the complete Top 100 list. On Monday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m., you'll be able to view the entire list along with tasting notes. Add the wines to your Personal Wine List to track your collection or create a shopping list.

Wine Countdown, FREE to all: We'll be counting down the wines starting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and concluding with the No. 1 wine on Friday, Nov. 20. Each wine will be accompanied by a video with a Wine Spectator senior editor explaining why it was selected. After the countdown, we'll release a printable list of the complete Top 100, with rank, name, score and price. You must be a member of WineSpectator.com to access the full tasting notes.


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