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Soft Cheeses
Dec 15, 2020

Soft Cheeses

Soft cheeses are made in many styles. Some are subtle and fresh, others rich, oozing and funky. Or they can fall in between, creamy and sweet. We point you to the best from Europe and the U.S., and suggest harmonious wine pairings.

Cover Stories

Article available on Jan 18, 2021. Soft Spot

Soft Spot

We've tasted, tested, compared notes: In this package, we discuss six categories of soft cheese, …
Dec 15, 2020

Tasting Reports

Brighter Days

Brighter Days

Champagne maintains an esteemed position in the world of wine, partly due to its image of luxury …
Dec 15, 2020
Alphabetical Guide to Champagne

Alphabetical Guide to Champagne

The nearly 325 Champagnes reviewed in 2020 in blind tastings at Wine Spectator 's New York office …
Dec 15, 2020
Reds on the Rise

Reds on the Rise

There is a growing movement of inspired winemakers in California who are working with red grapes …
Dec 15, 2020
Alphabetical Guide to Emerging Red Varieties in California

Alphabetical Guide to Emerging Red Varieties in California

Alternative reds are on the rise in the Golden State, with exciting single-variety bottlings and …
Dec 15, 2020
California Merlot’s Starring Role

California Merlot’s Starring Role

California Merlot, particularly from Napa and Sonoma, offers great quality and value for fans of …
Dec 15, 2020
Alphabetical Guide to California Merlot

Alphabetical Guide to California Merlot

The more than 100 California Merlots reviewed in 2020 in blind tastings at Wine Spectator 's New …
Dec 15, 2020

Features

Bottles to Uncork, Bottles to Unwrap

Bottles to Uncork, Bottles to Unwrap

How should we toast the holidays in this most confusing year? We asked our sommelier friends for …
Dec 15, 2020
What to Pop … for an Intimate Gathering

What to Pop … for an Intimate Gathering

What to pour for the holidays in 2020? Sommeliers from Wine Spectator Restaurant Award winners …
Dec 15, 2020
What to Give … An Enthusiastic Newbie

What to Give … An Enthusiastic Newbie

What should we gift in 2020? For those just learning about wine, we asked drinks pros for some …
Dec 15, 2020
Wines to Give … Your Most Special Someone

Wines to Give … Your Most Special Someone

What should we give our closest family and longest-aged friends in this challenging year? We asked …
Dec 15, 2020

Grapevine

Wine Sales Grow Despite Tough Times

Wine Sales Grow Despite Tough Times

Despite the difficult time brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the wine market is doing better …
Dec 15, 2020
Fish and Chips with Champagne

Fish and Chips with Champagne

RPM Seafood’s gluten-free recipe for crispy Dover sole, served with potato wedges and tartar sauce, …
Dec 15, 2020

Departments

Soft Cheeses & Sparkling Wines

Soft Cheeses & Sparkling Wines

Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken shares his thoughts on the December 15, …
Dec 15, 2020
California’s New Normal?

California’s New Normal?

Climate change in California has had major implications for the environment and the winegrowing …
Dec 15, 2020
Taras Ochota: Sound and Vision

Taras Ochota: Sound and Vision

Senior editor MaryAnn Worobiec reflects on the legacy of Taras Ochota, the Australian winemaker who …
Dec 15, 2020

The Buying Guide

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