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California Cabernet
Nov 15, 2022

California Cabernet

Napa’s premier red wine goes from strength to strength as the newly released 2019 Cabernets include dozens of classic and outstanding bottlings, while the late-release 2018s continue to uphold that vintage’s near-perfect rating. Our annual tasting report dives into the latest vintages, including top wines and value picks. 

Plus, a guide to Napa’s mountain terroirs, a profile of the Staglin family, a primer to the grapes and wines of Sicily and a New Zealand wine focus. 

Cover Stories

The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years

With the 97-point 2019 vintage, Napa Cabernet fills the market with exceptional wines
Nov 15, 2022
Napa’s Mountain Cabernets

Napa’s Mountain Cabernets

An exploration of the region’s high-elevation  terroirs
Nov 15, 2022

Tasting Reports

Alphabetical Guide to California Cabernet

Alphabetical Guide to California Cabernet

Get scores for over 800 red wines from California reviewed in Wine Spectator blind tastings over …
Nov 15, 2022
New Zealand’s New Normal

New Zealand’s New Normal

The country’s wineries move forward after a series of challenges
Nov 15, 2022
Alphabetical Guide to New Zealand

Alphabetical Guide to New Zealand

Get scores for over 150 red and white wines from New Zealand reviewed in Wine Spectator blind …
Nov 15, 2022

Features

Up to the Challenge

Up to the Challenge

Shannon Staglin leads her family’s Napa estate into the future
Nov 15, 2022
Sensational Sicily

Sensational Sicily

Understanding the region’s signature grapes and wines
Nov 15, 2022

Grapevine

Funds Push Wine As Alternative Asset

Funds Push Wine As Alternative Asset

Investment funds in wine are increasingly popular in the U.S., but do they offer safe returns?
Nov 15, 2022
Tornado and Hail Hit Famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vineyard

Tornado and Hail Hit Famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vineyard

Plus, the Spotted Lanternfly spreads across East Coast vineyards and remembering a Burgundy icon
Nov 15, 2022
The Great Italian Caper

The Great Italian Caper

Discover the glories of the briney caper berry
Nov 15, 2022
V Foundation Wine Celebration Raises Nearly $6.5 Million for Cancer Research

V Foundation Wine Celebration Raises Nearly $6.5 Million for Cancer Research

Plus, Auction of Washington Wines raises $4 million
Nov 15, 2022
Savvy Shopper

Savvy Shopper

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, steals from Sicily to Alto Adige, and overlooked whites …
Nov 15, 2022

Departments

Commitment to California Cabernet

Commitment to California Cabernet

The classic-scoring 2019 California Cabernet vintage proves that tradition and innovation can exist …
Nov 15, 2022
New Beaulieu: Righting the Ship

New Beaulieu: Righting the Ship

Winemaker Trevor Durling has Beaulieu Vineyard back on track for quality Cabernet Sauvignon
Nov 15, 2022
Rethinking Zinfandel in Sonoma

Rethinking Zinfandel in Sonoma

Seghesio, a family and winery synonymous with the grape, is making changes in response to climate …
Nov 15, 2022
Rocca delle Macìe Commemorates “Trinity” Westerns with Special-Edition Magnums

Rocca delle Macìe Commemorates “Trinity” Westerns with Special-Edition Magnums

Plus, Vintage Wine Estates releases new wines in collaboration with HBO’s House of the Dragon
Nov 15, 2022

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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