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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 Rhone Valley Wines

By: Josh Raynolds

Two thousand five is one of the great ageworthy Rhône Valley vintages of the past 30 years, says Josh Raynolds, but most of the best examples will require extended aging. For those who demand quicker gratification, the highly successful 2006 vintage offers more pliant, fruit-driven wines whose harmonious tannins should give them early appeal.
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Germany 2006: An Unusual Auslese Year

By: Joel B. Payne

This uneven vintage will be remembered for a wealth of auslese and riper late-harvest wines, especially from the Mosel, but finding classic kabinetts and spätleses will be tricky. Joel Payne’s extensive report will enable you to find the minority of outstanding examples from the 2006 harvest.
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Focus on Argentina

By: Stephen Tanzer

Argentina was the fastest-growing category of wine in the U.S. market in 2007, and this is hardly surprising as I found a larger number of world-class wines in my recent tastings than ever before. But the real sweet spot is Argentina’s wealth of very good to excellent red wines that can be found for under twenty bucks.
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