Decanter Magazine February 2013

On sale: Wednesday 2 January 2013

Inside the magazine this month: 58 reds under £15, Crus bourgeois 2010, White Burgundy 2011, California Cabernets, Oregon Pinot Noir, Restaurant of the Year, plus Italy 2013 guide

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50 New World reds under £15: A guide to the best-value reds to enjoy this winter from Argentina, Australia, California and beyond.

AC: tradition of hindrance? As more and more terroir-drive French estates leave the body designed to protect them, Isabelle Legeron MW asks, can the AC system still be trusted?

Vintage report: white Burgundy 2011: The vintage was hit by erratic weather and the earliest harvest since 2003. What impact did it have on the wines? Jeannie Cho Lee MW picks the best of the whites.

Interview: Sir George Fistonich: Tim Atkin MW meets the founder of New Zealand’s largest family-owned winery, Villa Maria.

Oregon’s wines: fabulous at 50: Oregon’s wine industry has come of age. Stephen Brook tips his hat at the region’s celebrated Pinot Noirs and its newly emerging whites.

Producer profile: Col d’Orcia: Kerin O’Keefe discovers how swapping tobacco and wheat fields for Sangiovese vineyards has paid off.

Buying wine online: Is the internet the new wine shop? Matt Walls reports.

Napa & Sonoma Cabernet 2009: 82 wines tasted, 2 Outstanding. While not quite up to the standard of 2007 and 2009, our panel found this vintage very good for medium-term drinking, with some standout wines from old and new producers.

Crus Bourgeois 2010: 166 wines tasted, 0 Outstanding. Our panel described the 2010 vintage as ‘seriously good’, praised the wines for their consistency and value-for-money, and found many perfect for drinking within the next 10 years.

Expert’s Choice: Friuli reds: Friuli reds are dramatic, defined by terroir and ideal for enjoying young with food, says Emily O’Hare, who selects 18 of the best.

Italy 2013 guide: Your essential guide to what's new and exciting in Italian wine: Fantastic Italian wine buys, what's new in the regions, the people behind the labels and great wines to lay down.

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