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 Buying Guide '09  Features at Wine & Spirits

American Wineries of the Year
Want to know the best–performing wineries in the US this year? Here's your list. The following 35 wineries were chosen from our blind tastings of 3,767 newly released American wines over the past 12 months. We base the selection of these wineries on their highest–scoring wines, the average score of the recommended wines and the percentage recommended from among those tasted. All of our Wineries of the Year put out exceptional wines—and do so consistently. They're great names to know when you head to the store.

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International Wineries of the Year
From Austria to Spain, Argentina to New Zealand, here are the 65 best international wineries we discovered in the last 12 months. Some are familiar names, like Penfolds, which has made the list 19 times in the last 23 years. Others may be new discoveries, such as Moric, a producer turning out exceptional reds from Austria's Burgenland.

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Spirits of the Year
An interesting side effect of the current economy is the explosion of new spirits released onto the market. Consider a brand like Death's Door Spirits: Owned by farmers and restaurateurs, it opened its doors to stimulate the local agricultural economy. Or take the Cognac owner that's making the best of these times by making its liquid assets, well... more liquid. Other producers have joined the modern cocktail craze: Now that the classics are old again, bartenders are looking for new twists, like unusual bitters and new vermouths. Here are the most intriguing releases we've found this year.

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Drink Books of the Year
Our picks for the best reads of the year.

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Wine Accessories Resource Guide
From glasses to storage solutions, the best gifts for wine lovers.

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