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In the July 31, 2016 Issue


"[Robert Mondavi] changed the way we perceived wine. He created a new image, which he wanted to illuminate. He changed wine from being a commodity to an aesthetic experience. It was a new day."—Warren Winiarski, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

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

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

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

Cover Story

The Legacy of Robert Mondavi
- The vibrant American wine culture we know today emerged in large part from the passion of a single vintner, Robert Mondavi, who awakened Napa Valley from its mid-century slumber and changed the way future generations would experience wine
The Man and the Winery - On its 50th birthday, the story behind the founding of Robert Mondavi Winery
A Pictorial History - A gallery of snapshots spanning more than six decades
The Next Generations - Mondavi's children and grandchildren carry the family wine tradition into the future
Mondavi Cabernet Reserve - A complete vertical tasting of the flagship red back to 1966

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: From our archives, the late Robert Mondavi, visionary winemaker and brilliant marketer, shares some of his history—and the lessons he learned as he helped promote California's wines—in a 1999 interview.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Growing Up Napa, with Michael Mondavi: As Robert Mondavi's family has moved on from the company he founded, his eldest son, Michael, has been joined in his new venture by his own children, Rob Jr. and Dina. Learn more about this family's evolution.


Tasting Reports

Chardonnay Cornucopia - California's rich, ageable bottlings remain the benchmarks, but wineries new and old are exploring alternative styles
FREE: California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing - More than 435 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.
Alyris Strikes Gold in Napa
Beyond Shiraz - Australian vintners are defying expectations, branching out with diverse grape varieties and bold new bottlings
FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing - More than 540 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: Tasting Mollydooker with Sparky Marquis: The winemaker presents a high-octane wine education as he pours his Carnival of Love, which has appeared in Wine Spectator's Top 10 multiple times. Plus Wine Spectator editors Harvey Steiman and MaryAnn Worobiec journeyed to Australia earlier this year and shared their impressions in a series of blogs.


Summer Menu - Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten inspires home cooks with four delicate and savory dishes, paired with wines


Wine Spectator's 2016 Grand Tour


German Riesling
FREE: Germany Riesling Alphabetical Listing - More than 350 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.



Two Charged in French Laundry Wine Theft

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


Sommelier Renzo Rapacioli - Renzo Rapacioli has overseen top New York wine programs for half a century


Red Wine Promotes Gut Health, Study Shows
Amateur Winemaker Aims to Make Wines Smell Even Better


Classical Music-Themed Dining in New Orleans; Independence Day in Philadelphia

WineSpectator.com: Find restaurants with great wine lists in our Restaurant Search. With more than 3,600 award winners, pick the perfect dining spot by location, award level, wine strengths, cuisine type and more.

Cellars / Collections

A Chic New York City Nest - Restauranteur John O. Morisano and his wife carve out a modern niche in a historic Manhattan mansion


FAQ: Australia

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.

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Aussie Shiraz, West Coast Whites, Port


James Laube - Steve Kistler’s Pinot frontier

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 - Ask the wine writer

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.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, POUR! 10TH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST Share your wine story and win great prizes! Pick a topic, grab your camera or phone and have fun! Submit your shorts to Wine Spectator's video contest and you could attend our Wine Experience weekend or a Grand Tour tasting. Our editors will select the finalists, then WineSpectator.com viewers will vote for the winning video. Entry deadline is Monday, Sept. 5. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists.

FOURTH OF JULY PARTIES Bring some culinary fireworks to your festivities with a great new summer recipe and crowd-pleasing wines to pair with it.

DESIGN INSPIRATION Looking for ideas for how to set up a wine cellar or create a dynamic space for cooking, dining and entertaining at home? Check out our series on Private Cellars and Wine & Design, complete with photo galleries for inspiration.

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 from our "Quick Tips" series:

  • Should You Smell the Cork?: After opening a bottle, some experts give the cork a sniff and others don't. Get one winemaker's take.
  • Why Is the Right Barrel Important?: What can barrels contribute to wine during fermentation and aging? And why use barrels from different coopers? Donum's Anne Moller-Racke explains.
  • Chenin Blanc Pairings: An insider favorite, Chenin could become one of your go-to whites with these delicious matches suggested by South African winemaker Carl Van Der Merwe of De Morgenzon.
  • I Know I'm Drinking a Great Pinot When ...: Get a quick answer from Willamette Valley winemaker Luisa Ponzi of Ponzi.

PERSONAL WINE LIST AND PERSONAL RATINGS Use our Personal Wine List tools to track your wine collection, monitor the value of your cellar and record tasting notes. Plus, you can personally rate the wines you've tasted, so it's easy to remember your favorites.

MASTER THE WINES OF AUSTRALIA From values to collectibles, the regions Down Under offer a diverse range of varietals, blends and wine styles. In three online classes and tastings, you'll get to know the key growing areas in Australia and New Zealand and their specialities. This and nine other courses are included with your WineSpectator.com membership!

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