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Market Monitor

By: Stephen Tanzer

Recent and impending events affecting the retail wine market.
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Focus on Barolo and Barbaresco

By: Stephen Tanzer

Thanks to a string of very good to outstanding vintages stretching back to 2004, there has never been more excellent Barolo and Barbaresco in the market.  On my latest tour of the Langhe hills around Alba, I focused on the 2009 and 2008 Barbarescos and 2008 and 2007 Barolos.  Although the 2007 vintage has been widely hyped, it was the much more classic, aromatically complex 2008s, from a cooler growing season, that grabbed my interest.  If you're a nebbiolo lover, you won't want to miss this report.
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New Wines from California's Central Coast

By: Josh Raynolds

The splendid growing season of 2009 and the cool summer of 2010 yielded some of the Central Coast's finest, and least exaggerated, wines to date.  In his most extensive coverage thus far on the wines of this vast area, Josh Raynolds covers all of the most collectible wines as well as some superb new entry-level bottlings from top-tier producers.
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Top New Releases from Washington State

By: Stephen Tanzer

If you like American wines with European structure and restraint, you'll want to grab Washington State's best 2008 red wines before they disappear from the marketplace.  This long, moderate growing season produced wonderfully aromatic, intense wines with atypical definition and verve.  Our coverage this year will point you to the best examples.  New releases from the warmer 2009 season are also reviewed in depth.
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New Vintage Champagnes

By: Josh Raynolds

While sales of expensive vintage Champagnes have slowed, many of the wines now on retailers' shelves are from the very good 2002 vintage, reports Josh Raynolds.  If you're looking to splurge on bubbly this holiday season, this article should ensure that you get your money's worth.
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The Best New Wines from Spain, Part Two

By: Josh Raynolds

In the second installment of his coverage of Spain this year, Josh Raynolds focuses on the topnotch portfolios of Jorge Ordonez (Fine Estates from Spain) and Eric Solomon Selections, plus many other new arrivals.  For bargain-hunters, this article is about as good as it gets.
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