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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market:
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2006 and 2005 Chablis

By: Stephen Tanzer

Chablis was a favored region of France in 2006, harvesting ripe, healthy grapes before mid-September rains triggered rot. The new vintage offers a worthy follow-up to the very rich and ripe but generally more powerful and austere 2005s.
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New Releases from Australia, Part 1

By: Josh Raynolds

In the first installment of the IWC’s 2007 coverage, Josh Raynolds recommends dozens of bottlings that may change the way even the most stubborn Old World drinker views Australia’s wines. Raynolds reports that the moderate and highly favorable 2005 and 2006 growing seasons provide yet more reason not to stereotype Australian wines as outsized and alcoholic.
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Ian D’Agata on Chianti, Carmignano and Montepulciano

By: Ian D'Agata

Our Italian correspondent reports that the sangiovese-based reds of Tuscany are making a real comeback, as producers increasingly renounce the brooding, topheavy, internationally styled wines of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Today’s wines, says D’Agata, are more balanced, refined and accurate to their terroir, not to mention ideal at the dinner table.
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The Best New Wines from Spain, Part 1

By: Josh Raynolds

Spain continues to provide some of the greatest wine values in the world, and Josh Raynolds notes that consumers can choose from among the flamboyantly ripe 2004 and 2005 vintages and the somewhat cooler growing season of 2006, which produced more elegant wines with lower alcohol levels.
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Alsace's 2005 Vintage

By: Stephen Tanzer

A warm, dry July and August and a period of Indian summer in October yielded a crop of fleshy, ripe, fruit-driven wines, many of which will offer great early appeal. Gewurztraminer and pinot gris are standouts.
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