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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer


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The Best of Rioja and Ribera del Duero

By: Stephen Tanzer

Today's Riojas are darker and more robust than ever before, with fresher, more intense fruit flavors, while the best Ribera del Duero wines have become suaver and better balanced. On my recent tour of these regions, I tasted a profusion of outstanding wines.
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Austria's Astonishingly Successful 1998s

By: David Schildknecht

Austria's best '98s, from a vintage rescued by warm, dry late October following a cool, wet September, are long on personality. They have the extract, acidity and ripeness to be long-lived.
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Current Releases from California

By: Stephen Tanzer

Many of the most interesting current releases are from sauvignon blanc, sangiovese, Rhône Valley grapes and zinfandel, rather than the usual suspects chardonnay, cabernet and merlot.
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Focus on Champagne

By: Stephen Tanzer

My annual report on the world's finest bubbly wines covers current releases from three dozen producers and includes numerous new bottlings from the superb 1990 vintage.
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