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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market:
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Focus on Barolo and Barbaresco

By: Stephen Tanzer

Italy's Piedmont region has enjoyed an unprecedented string of very good to outstanding harvests since 2004, but vintage generalizations are virtually impossible for 2005, 2006 and 2007, the vintages I focused on during my tour of Barolo and Barbaresco this fall. Use my report on the top estates to select the wines you're most likely to enjoy.
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Focus on the Central Coast

By: Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds offers extensive coverage of a region whose top boutique wines, especially its pinots and Rhone blends, remain hot even in a difficult market, thanks in large part to the outstanding 2007 vintage.
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New Releases from Washington State

By: Stephen Tanzer

My coverage of Washington's wines is the most extensive to date, thanks to steady improvement in winemaking, a string of excellent recent vintages and more careful matching of the right varieties to the right sites. The 2007 vintage produced outstanding reds and whites, and 2008 yielded aromatic, structured wines, often at moderate alcohol levels. Consumers can also find excellent values in Washington State wine.
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Austria 2008: Rising to the Challenge

By: Peter Moser

Austrian wine expert Moser describes the 2008s as another highly successful late, classic vintage that yielded vibrant wines with sharply delineated flavors and accurate varietal character.
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New Vintage Champagne Releases

By: Josh Raynolds

With Champagne sales suffering along with most other luxury products, and due to the refusal of producers to cut prices, many of the major houses are still working through older vintages. But that didn't stop Josh Raynolds from tasting many superb new arrivals in the marketplace, including a growing number of wines from the region's high-quality smaller producers, whose pricing is often less extravagant.
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