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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market.
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2002 and 2001 White Burgundies

By: Stephen Tanzer

If you've been buying white Burgundy sparingly in recent years while waiting for a first-rate vintage, you won't want to miss the sappy 2002s, with their captivating sugar/acid balance, rich chardonnay fruit and firm underlying minerality. My annual white Burgundy report highlights the best 2002s from barrel, plus final notes on the finished 2001s.
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New Releases from Southern Italy

By: Stephen Tanzer

Italy's South offers a world of wine styles, everything from brisk, minerally whites to inexpensive roasted, Mediterranean-style country wines to powerfully structured, serious reds with pronounced soil character and considerable aging potential. You'll find the best examples of each in this report.
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The Best New Wines from New Zealand

By: Stephen Tanzer

My annual coverage of New Zealand spotlights several dozen vibrant white wines ideal for the waning months of summer - not just sauvignon blanc but chardonnay, riesling and pinot gris as well.
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1999 Tokaji Aszu Releases

By: David Schildknecht

Schildknecht follows up his earlier coverage of Hungary's eccentric sweet wines with a brief report on the finished wines from this outstanding vintage.
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Focus on Brunello di Montalcino

By: Stephen Tanzer

Although clearly a step down from 1997 in richness and ripeness, vintage 1998 yielded numerous classic, balanced Brunellos in a cooler style. My Brunello coverage also includes tasting notes on more than 40 riserva bottlings from '97.
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