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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending events affecting the retail wine market.
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2010 and 2009 White Burgundies

By: Stephen Tanzer

Following the fleshy, very ripe 2009s, Burgundy's 2010s mark a return to a more vibrant, high-pitched, minerally style, so once again fans of these wines are presented with a wealth of choices. My early look at the 2010s, in conjunction with my follow-up tastings of the finished 2009s, suggests that differences between these two very good vintages are more of style than quality. Both have produced some lovely examples.
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Best New Wines from Spain

By: Josh Raynolds

Josh Raynolds' most heroic coverage of Spain to date has turned up an extraordinary number of values in virtually every price range. Two excellent vintages, 2010 and 2009, feature prominently in this year's report. As Raynolds reports, these two years were much more successful than the three that preceded them, so the number of quality wines available from Spain is higher than ever before. And Spain continues to be the mother lode for outstanding values in the $15-and-under range.
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New Zealand Sauvignons and Pinots

By: Stephen Tanzer

The mostly benign 2010 and 2009 growing seasons yielded a host of vibrant, satisfying sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs in New Zealand. Happily, prices in the U.S. for these wines have barely budged, as producers, importers and distributors have worked together to push these wines through the pipeline. Even New Zealand's pinots, which were widely viewed as expensive just a few years ago, are starting to look downright reasonable in light of their steadily rising quality.
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The Best New Releases from Australia, Part Two

By: Josh Raynolds

In his 2011 coverage of Australian wine, Josh Raynolds maintains that he found far fewer ooze-monsters than in past year, and many more balanced wines in virtually every price range. This should come as very good news to wine drinkers who have tired of high-octane shiraz but are still looking to Australia for outstanding wine values.
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The Best New White Wines from Italy's Northeast

By: Ian D'Agata

After 14 visits to Trentino, Alto Adige, Veneto and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia in the past 10 months, Ian D'Agata offers what is likely to be the most comprehensive coverage available anywhere of Northeast Italy's white wines. His tasting notes encompass wines made from a staggering range of varieties, both international and indigenous to Italy. Many of these wines will offer new tasting experiences to the cosmopolitan wine lover.
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