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In the April 30, 2017 Issue

Italy's Allegrini Family

"We were desperate, because we were young and we didn't have the business in our grasp. I remember [my brother] Walter said, ‘We have to fight like lions for the company to survive.' "—Marilisa Allegrini, CEO, Allegrini Estates

Umbria: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all Umbria wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

California Rhône: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all California Rhône wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

The Allegrini Story - Today the name Allegrini is synonymous with quality Italian wine, but in 1983, the three young siblings inheriting the family’s Veneto vineyards were inexperienced and overwhelmed. They could have given up, but instead, Marilisa, Franco and Walter Allegrini formed a team that coalesced their individual strengths and went on to grow the company into one of Italy’s leading brands
Visiting Villa Della Torre - Restored by the Allegrinis, this 16th-century villa near Verona showcases Italian Renaissance art and architecture for a one-of-a-kind hotel destination

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Veneto Primer: Marilisa Allegrini walks you through the basics of her northern Italian region's key appellations and wine styles: Soave, Valpolicella, Recioto and Amarone.

Features

Tasting Reports

Pleasures of Piedmont - Exceptional Barolos, Barbarescos, Barberas and more abound in the 2012 and 2013 vintages from this leading Italian region
Alphabetical Guide to Piedmont - More than 640 wines were reviewed for this report. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEOS Discover the Piedmont region with the best in Barolo (and Barbaresco, Barbera and more). Dive into our videos on Top 10 wines, the Gaja family, leading Barolo wineries such as Aldo Conterno and Renato Ratti, and high-altitude-vineyard specialist G.D. Vajra, among others.

A Tale of Two Cities - Italy's Umbria region woos adventurous wine lovers with distinctive styles from the hillsides around Montefalco and Orvieto
FREE: Umbria Alphabetical Listing - More than 120 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Off-The-Beaten-Path Wine Coming soon: The Umbrian hilltop town of Montefalco is surrounded by vineyards planted with the Sagrantino grape. Learn about the unique wine styles with Marco Caprai of Arnaldo Caprai winery.

Golden State Rhônes - California is home to a growing number of Rhône-style red and white wines, bringing New World flair to Old World grapes
FREE: California Rhône Alphabetical Listing - More than 630 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

Entertaining

Seaside Simplicity - New England icon Legal Sea Foods offers fresh spins on classic coastal fare in this springtime menu

Wine

Extreme Values - Nearly 100 American wines: 86 points or more, $15 or less

WineSpectator.com: Always on the hunt for a bargain? Download Wine Spectator's free Xvalues app, highlighting high-quality, widely available wines at affordable prices. This easy-to-use app for iOS features Wine Spectator's latest reviews in several categories: $12 or less, reds and whites at $20 or less, sparkling values, and seasonal picks. Find it in the App Store.

Grapevine

FAQ: Wine on Screen

WineSpectator.com: Want more from Dr. Vinny? Our advice expert provides saucy answers to all sorts of questions—from tough topics about the technical aspects of winemaking to the finer points of wine etiquette—three days a week on WineSpectator.com. Submit your questions at www.winespectator.com/drvinny or on Twitter via @AskDrVinny.

Business

Rainy Winter Eases Drought in California
Tim Fish Is Now Lead Taster of Oregon and Washington for Wine Spectator
Sweepstakes Winner Earns Top 10 Wines Prize
2016 Global Wine Auctions Report - A decline in overall sales belies a bullish market for Bordeaux

WineSpectator.com: Make smart buying decisions using our Auction Price Database, updated quarterly with the latest data from commercial auctions. WineSpectator.com members can find out what your wine is worth before you sell, and track the recent performance of wines you want to buy.

World

Wildfires Devastate Chilean Vineyards
Battle Over Napa’s Hills Heads to Court
In Brief: New Life For Cameron Hughes Wines
A Taste of Spain Comes to Bordeaux

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

People

Piero Selvaggio - The dean of Italian cuisine in America looks ahead

WineSpectator.com: Meet the owners, chefs and sommeliers behind the world's great restaurants and wine lists in our Talk series: Get insights into dining trends, pairing advice and tips on which wines excite them most.

Savvy Shopper

Italian Reds, Diverse Whites, Spanish Values

Cheese

Genuine Feta from Greece

WineSpectator.com: Members can reference our full archives of David Gibbons' columns and other articles about cheese.

Travel

Wine-themed Cruises

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,500 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Wine Auctions

Top 10 U.S. charity wine auctions of 2016 - High spirits and innovation mark the 2016 live events, despite revenue dips

WineSpectator.com: Get expert collecting tips, monitor auction trends and find design inspiration for your home cellar. Discover all this and more in our free Collecting e-mail newsletter, with a new collectible wine pick in each twice-monthly edition.

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Columns

James Laube - Big money in Napa

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

James Molesworth - St.-Emilion’s limestone luster
Matt Kramer - Finding that "special" wine

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

A Perfect Match

Pork Chops with a Languedoc Red

The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

SPRING ENTERTAINING Celebrate the change of seasons and the holidays with fresh new recipes from some of the country's best chefs. Whether you're celebrating Passover, Easter, a birthday or an anniversary, we'll make it easy, with meals just right for milder weather and our editors' picks of highly rated wines.

EDITORS' BLOGS Join the discussion as Wine Spectator senior editors plus our team of news and features writers blog about hot topics in current events and wine culture, their latest wine finds, dining discoveries, notes from their travels, conversations with people in the wine business and more.

PRIVATE GUIDE TO DINING Our twice-monthly, free e-mail newsletter spotlights the best restaurants for wine lovers, from bucket-list destinations to perfect pizza places. Get great wine picks for dining out, keep on top of drinks trends, learn about new restaurant openings and more. Sign up!

WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Watch all our great wine tips, winemaker interviews and tastings on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. Tune in each week for a new mobile-friendly video. Don't miss these recent favorites:

  • Chocolate and Wine: Port is a classic pairing with rich desserts. Senior editor James Molesworth heads to Eleven Madison Park, a Wine Spectator Grand Award–winning restaurant in New York, to taste-test two possible chocolate matches—Vintage Port and tawny Port—with wine director Cedric Nicaise. Which wine gets the nod?
  • Brunello di Montalcino—When to Drink It and When to Decant: Brunello is a big wine that can taste delicious on release, but usually improves with age. When does top producer Emilia Nardi like to drink hers? And if we don't have the patience to wait, will decanting help?


2016 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Coming soon: The 2015 and 2016 vintages have provided Bordeaux with its first excellent back-to-back crops since 2009 and 2010. Which 2016s will be worth buying as futures? Senior editor James Molesworth will be visiting the region in late March to taste barrel samples of the young wines. Look for his blog posts for highlights from top châteaus. Plus, get his scores and tasting notes for hundreds of reds, dry whites and sweet wines.

COLLECTING GUIDANCE Adding to or culling your wine collection this year? Make smart decisions using our Auction Price Database, updated quarterly with the latest info from commercial auctions. Find out what your wine is worth before you sell, and track the recent performance of wines you want to buy. Plus, keep abreast of the latest auction news and market trends in our Collecting section, and sign up for our free twice-monthly Collecting e-mail newsletter.

VALUE WINES Looking for wallet-friendly wines for weeknight meals? Didn't get a tax refund this year, or maybe you're planning a major home renovation or sending a kid off to college? You can still drink great bottles without spending a lot. Check our site regularly for updated quick lists of Top Values, Easy Finds and Wineries for Values from around the world.


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