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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending developments affecting the retail wine market
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Focus on the Central Coast

By: Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds offers his most extensive coverage to date of the wines of this increasingly popular wine-producing region of California. His notes will help you select the best bottles from the inconsistent 2008 vintage and alert you to new late releases from the outstanding growing season of 2007. Although varietally labeled syrah from the Central Coast remains a tough sell, many of the region's red blends are now surprisingly reasonable in price, not to mention delicious for early drinking.
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Alsace Update

By: Stephen Tanzer

At the level of the better producers, 2008 is an exciting vintage for consumers who enjoy white wines with pure fruit, bracing acidity and structure for aging. Alsace's densely packed 2008s boast penetrating minerality, a distinctly saline aspect and acidity levels that are routinely high and sometimes off the charts. (I love this style!). My report also includes an early look at the 2009s, the products of a very warm year.
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The Best New Releases from Spain, Part 2

By: Josh Raynolds

The second installment of Josh Raynolds' heroic coverage of Spain features some of that country's top red wines and greatest values from a number of our most reliable Spanish importers, including many of Spain's freshest and food-friendliest white wines from that country’s cooler northwest.
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New Releases from Washington State

By: Stephen Tanzer

Washington's top wines continue to offer better value than bottles of comparable quality from California's North Coast, and the 2007 vintage can now confidently be called one of the state's finest ever. My coverage of Washington includes many late-release 2007s and an in-depth look at 2008, a cooler and less consistent growing season that nonetheless was quite successful for aromatically expressive merlot-based wines and syrah.
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New Vintage Champagne Releases

By: Josh Raynolds

Given today's very high prices for vintage Champagne, you'll need our annual report on the world's greatest sparkling wines if you want to base your spending on the quality in the bottle rather than on special labels and fancy boxes. At these prices, we pity the fool who simply goes for the gaudiest wrapping.
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