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In the July 31, 2018 Issue

Mark Aubert

Mark Aubert calls his Chardonnays hedonistic: 100 percent barrel-fermented and aged mostly in new French oak, the wines are ripe and full-bodied, staying true to their California origin with vibrant white fruit and citrus flavors.

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

2017 Bordeaux: A chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2017 Bordeaux barrel samples 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.

2016 Germany Whites: A free chart offers an alphabetical list of all 2016 German white wines reviewed for the tasting report in this issue.

Cover Story

Chardonnay Quest - Meet winemaker Mark Aubert, whose passion and determination to create California Chardonnays to rival their Burgundian counterparts has placed his Sonoma-grown wines at the apex
Vineyards and Wines - A look at the nine vineyards Aubert relies on for his grapes, and the coveted bottlings that come from them

WineSpectator.com: Bonus Video: Aubert in the Vineyard: The winemaker talks viticulture, and how Lauren vineyard got its name.

Features

Tasting Reports

California Chardonnay - America's favorite white grape is thriving up and down the Golden State in styles from oaked and opulent to vibrant and citrusy
FREE: California Chardonnay Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 570 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: French vs. American Oak: Kendall-Jackson's Randy Ullom explains how Chardonnay is influenced by the type of barrel it's aged in.

Best of the Barrels - A blind-tasting of more than 250 samples from Bordeaux’s chilly 2017 vintage reveals elegant, fruit-foward reds and fresh whites
FREE: 2017 Bordeaux Barrel Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 250 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: Bordeaux Barrels: 2017 Bordeaux Barrel Diary: Follow all of James Molesworth's adventures in Bordeaux

What's Up Down Under - Australian vintners are updating the country’s résumé with a new wave of cool-climate, site-specific wines
FREE: Australia Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 505 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: Pairing Wild Rabbit with Shiraz: Winemaker Matt Fowles introduces a favorite pairing in this 2016 Video Contest Finalist.

Entertaining

Cooking with Giada De Laurentiis - The TV chef, restaurateur and cookbook author presents a four-course menu paired with wines

WineSpectator.com: Cooking with the Stars: Find more menus, for every occasion, from the world's best chefs.

Events

Wine Spectator’s 2018 Grand Tour - Wine Spectator’s annual series of tastings brought outstanding wines to three cities

Wine

Bordeaux Evolution - The region’s modern era has been one of constant improvement, reflected in a retrospective tasting of more than 50 top wines from 2001, 2003 and 2005
Germany’s 2016 Whites - The 2016 vintage offers elegant whites for near-term pleasure
FREE: 2016 Germany Whites Alphabetical Listing

WineSpectator.com: More than 370 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.

Grapevine

Business

Saskia de Rothschild Named Chaiman at Lafite

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

World

Tax Reform Brings Headaches for Small Wineries
In Memoriam: Leslie Rudd; Koerner Rombauer
Long Island’s Martha Clara Vineyards Sold

The Environment

Sustainable Labeling in Napa

Cheese

Beef Tacos and Beecher's Cheese

Spirits

The State of Gin & Tonic

Travel

Wine-themed European Cruises; Napa Porchfest

Cellars / Collections

At Home with the Mawry-Housleys - Inside Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley’s Suisun Valley haven

Departments

This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken

Letters

Feedback

Savvy Shopper

Tuscan Values, Southern Hemisphere Specialties, Spanish Reds and Whites

Columns

James Laube - Savoring your assets

WineSpectator.com: What's On Our Minds? Check out our senior editors' blogs for discussions of hot-button issues in the wine industry, winemaker conversations, musings and more.

Matt Kramer - Rioja evangelist Telmo Rodríguez

WineSpectator.com: Drinking Out Loud: Find more of Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions.

A Perfect Match

Roast Salmon with Mexican Chardonnay

WineSpectator.com: Want the recipe? Get it for free and watch a video clip about the pairing.


The Buying Guide


The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

WINE SPECTATOR'S 12TH 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 Tasting. Entry deadline is Monday, Aug. 20. Check out the rules and previous years' finalists online.

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 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 new favorites:

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  • A Perfect Match: Roast Salmon with Chardonnay: Find out more about this intriguing pairing—and get the recipe from chef Jorge González of Pasquinel Bistrot in Puebla, Mexico.


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