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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market:
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The Best New Wines from Australia

By: Stephen Tanzer

My most extensive coverage to date of new releases from Australia turned up everything from stunning, characterful wines in the under-$20 range to superripe but often soulless and tiring shirazes at three times the price.
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New Releases from Argentina

By: Stephen Tanzer

Argentina enjoyed two highly successful vintages in 2002 and 2003, and due in part to that country's economic woes, prices for its wines in export markets have been stable.
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New Wines from the Central Coast

By: Stephen Tanzer

Among the best new bottles are superb examples from Rhône Valley grape varieties, and some of these number among California's best values.
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2003 and 2002 Chablis

By: Stephen Tanzer

On my tour of the top Chablis addresses in early June, I got a first look at the extreme 2003s, made from a growing season that featured a killer spring frost and a brutal summer heat wave. My report also includes notes on the finished 2002s, a terrific vintage that all Chablis lovers will want to have in their cellars.
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Best of the Alto-Adige and Trentino

By: Edward Beltrami

The IWC's guest Italian wine expert turns his attention to the best wines of Northeastern Italy, which are beginning to be seen as serious competitors to the more familiar bottles from Tuscany and Piedmont.
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Focus on Sauternes/Barsac

By: Stephen Tanzer

The 2002s are proving to be a stylish set of sweet wines in the making, while the powerful 2001s are must purchases for Sauternes lovers with cold cellars and considerable patience.
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