October 2002


October Tasting

October Tasting Stats


Top Ten Syrah

Top Ten Zinfandel

Best Values





American New Releases

Imported New Releases

In This Issue:
Purple into Bleu
Port and Stilton may be traditional, but why not check out the new classics? Melissa Clark matches tawny and vintage Ports with top American artisanal cheese.


Where the Columbia Meets the Rhône
Rod Smith heads north to Red Mountain and Walla Walla in Washington, where syrah is breaking new ground.

Heart of Stone
The wines from Spain's Priorat are powerful, luscious and highly sought after. Ray Isle climbs the region's stony vineyards to get the story on the top names.


The Spice Route
Aussie Shiraz isn't all muscle: Max Allen investigates the smart, spicy wines of Victoria.

Woodsmoke Blues
Taylor Antrim sits down to Bourbon and southern barbecue, blending traditions out of smoke. With a comprehensive tasting of premium and ultra-premium Bourbons.

With a wine as big as zinfandel, you need food that's Texas-size. Jordan Mackay brings Lone Star barbecue to the zin vineyards of California.