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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market:
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2007 and 2006 Chablis

By: Stephen Tanzer

If you enjoyed the mineral-driven, austere and classic 2004s, you’ll find a lot to like in 2007, a year in which the better Chablis producers made wines with enticing citrus, floral and mineral aromas, sound acidity and a firm core of material. Or, you can opt for the richer and often rather exotic 2006s.
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New Releases from Australia, Part 1

By: Josh Raynolds

In the first installment of the IWC’s annual coverage of Australia, Josh Raynolds has escaped the shiraz box in order to spotlight the best examples of a vast range of varieties from a country with great climatic diversity. Note to shiraz lovers: there’s plenty in here for you too.
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2003 Brunello di Montalcino

By: Stephen Tanzer

Despite the extreme conditions of this growing season in Western Europe, I found fewer roasted 2003 Brunellos than I expected. On the plus side for many drinkers, most of these wines can be approached immediately due to their sweetness of fruit and relatively fleshy texture.
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The Best New Wines from Spain, Part 1

By: Josh Raynolds

Spain remains tough to beat in the under-$20 category. Josh Raynolds maintains that these affordable bottles are often as good as or better than many far more expensive current releases. Use his current report to capitalize on the wealth of values coming out of Spain today.
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The Best Wines of Southern Italy

By: Ian D'Agata

Our Italian correspondent revisits this vinous smorgasbord, which he describes as one of the world’s most dynamic wine-producing areas today. His in-depth report features a treasure trove of excellent wines at all price points, made from a multitude of different and often unique grape varieties.
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2007 and 2005 Sauternes and Barsacs

By: Stephen Tanzer

If 2007 was a challenging growing season for making red wine in Bordeaux, the region’s sweet whites are another matter entirely. My report offers early notes on this splendid new crop of Sauternes and Barsacs as well as in-the-bottle reviews of the sweet, powerful, fruit-driven 2005s.
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