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In the June 30, 2017 Issue

Spain

Spain's vibrant wine culture ranges from collectible, ageworthy reds to terrific values to storied Sherries and more. And with multiple vintages and styles on offer there's plenty of choices for adventurous wine lovers.

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

2016 Bordeaux Barrels: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2016 Bordeaux Barrel tastings reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

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

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

Cover Story

Spain
- From historic producers to winemakers on the experimental cutting-edge, Spain is a wine world unto itself, offering countless points of entry to its distinctive grape varieties and terroirs
Forging Ahead - A series of difficult vintages gave way to promising harvests in 2015 and 2016, helping winemakers turn hard-won expertise into a slate of exciting reds and whites
FREE: Spain Alphabetical Listing - More than 650 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.
Tasting Clos de L'Obac - Priorat pioneer Carles Pastrana of Costers del Siurana presents a quarter-century of releases of his iconic red blend
The Thinking Man's Sipper - Fino and manzanilla Sherries offer sophisticated warm-weather drinking
FREE: Sherry Alphabetical Listing - More than 70 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 VIDEOS SPAIN: Learn more about the wines and regions of Spain with out collection of videos from Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Priorat, Toro and beyond.

Features

Tasting Reports

Strength to Strength - Bordeaux follows its excellent 2015s with an exceptional crop of reds in the 2016 vintage
FREE: 2016 Bordeaux Barrels Alphabetical Listing - More than 315 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.
New and Improved - Across Bordeaux, château owners are making striking renovations to their cellars, drawing tourists while modernizing winemaking
Tuscan Trophies - Weathering climatic extremes, vintners produced exceptional Brunellos di Montalcino from the challenging 2012 vintage
FREE: Brunello di Montalcino Alphabetical Listing - More than 135 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.

Wine

A Wine Empire in Spain - In his 32 years helming Ribera del Duero icon Vega Sicilia, Pablo Álvarez has moved the 150-year-old winery out of the past and established it at the forefront of Spanish wine

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Vega Sicilia Unico, at Spain's Pinnacle: Vega Sicilia's Pablo Álvarez presented his Unico 1994 at the 2011 Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience.

Grapevine

FAQ: Spain

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

Napa's Silver Oak Purchases Ovid

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

Food for a Champion

World

Vinitaly 2017

Health

Experts Debate Benefits of Going Dry
Red Wine Compound May Slow Aging in Muscles and Neurons

Cheese

Philadelphia’s Di Bruno Bros.

Coffee

Tea - Lapsang souchong's smoky allure

Spirits

Sangria

Travel

Destination: Bordeaux

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Australian Values, Barbecue-friendly Reds, Crisp Sauvignon Blancs

Columns

James Laube - Lang & Reed's Napa niche

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.

Matt Kramer - What's in a wineglass?

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.)


The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.


WINE SPECTATOR'S 11TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST Share your wine story to compete for great prizes! Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's annual Video Contest and you could win tickets to our spectacular Wine Experience weekend or a Grand Tour tasting. Entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 4. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING It's time to take your party to the backyard, beach or park, and some of the country's best chefs are here to help. We share their cooking tips and delicious make-at-home summer recipes along with great-value wine matches chosen by our editors.

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 additions on Brunello:


ADVANCE RATINGS NEWSLETTERS Get the early scoop on the best values and hottest collectibles from our editors' latest tastings.

  • Insider: Weekly reviews of highly rated wines to seek out before they sell out.
  • Advance: Sneak peeks at the top picks from upcoming issues of the magazine.

2016 BORDEAUX BARREL TASTINGS Which wines from the newest vintage will be worth buying en primeur, before they are bottled? After you read senior editor James Molesworth's tasting report in this issue, head online for his scores and full tasting notes for more than 300 reds, dry whites and sweet wines. Plus, get more of his impressions in his blogs from visits to top châteaus and estates. We'll also be tracking the 2016 futures campaign as prices are released.


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