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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market
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2008 and 2007 Red Burgundies

By: Stephen Tanzer

Two thousand eight was yet another Burgundy vintage saved by the north wind of September. The most successful 2008s are sharply delineated, classic wines with the complex fruit, mineral, floral and soil perfume that other pinot-producing regions can only dream about, but many wines from this tricky year are undernourished, tart or dry. The IWC’s Annual Swimsuit Issue also features in-the-bottle notes on the fleshy, succulent 2007s, the best of which offer captivating purity of fruit.
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Focus on Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc

By: Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds reports that while Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are still the most expensive versions of sauvignon blanc in the market, there are plenty of sauvignon blancs from the eastern Loire Valley that offer outstanding value relative to other world-class whites. His extensive report focuses on 2008 and 2007, two vintages with good concentration, clarity and acidity.
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New Releases from Chile

By: Josh Raynolds

In his annual coverage, Josh Raynolds discovered more intense sauvignon blancs, fresher chardonnays and more varietally convincing syrahs than ever before, but found himself wishing for more wines that convey real individuality and diversity of style.
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