"Guide to Tasting Wine" Special Fall 2002 Issue


25 Great Vineyards of the World




Bien Nacido Hillside Estate

Bricco Rocche Bricco Rocche

Clos du Mesnil

Clos Ste. Hune

Coulée de Serrant

D.R.C. La Tâche

Hermitage La Chapelle

Hill of Grace

Klein Constantia


Lafite Rothschild

Lytton Springs

Polish Hill



Shafer Hillside

Tahbilk 1860 Vineyard

To-Kalon I Block

Vega Sicilia

Quinta de Vargellas

Volcanic Hill


In This Issue:

Geology by the Glass

Basking in the warmth of its volcanic palisades, Napa Valley's Stags Leap District grows some of the most sought-after cabernets in California. Rod Smith cracks open this region's complex earth for a look at the reasons why.

Geology Tastings

Eight guided tastings that explore the role the earth plays in creating great wine: Northern Exposures • Arc of Limestone • Côte d'Or Tour • Cabernet Soils • Merlot's Cold Feet • Range of the Rhône • Apennini • Pacific Soils

Nine Months of Winter, Three Months of Hell

The Douro endures a long bitter winter only to receive a summer that makes the Sahara seem moderate - and yet, even in these extreme conditions, vines produce fruit to make great vintage Ports. Ray Isle visits some of the region's top quintas to find out why.


Climate Tastings

Five guided tastings look into the effect climate has on wine from around the world: Degrees of Coast • Mountain Exposures • Southern Exposures • Mediterraneo • Pacific Northwest to Southwest

Green Goes Mainstream

More and more California winegrowers are headed toward sustainable, organic or biodynamic grapegrowing - but can you taste the difference in the glass? Patrick Comiskey finds out.

25 Great Vineyards of the World

Where do the world's greatest wines grow? In the world's greatest vineyards. In this special section W&S profiles 25 of them, from Burgundy to Western Australia - along with multi-vintage tastings of their wines.