August 2003

August Tastings

Letter from the Editor

Tasting Introduction

W&S Year's Best Sauvignon Blanc

Best Values

American Sauvignon Blanc

Greek Wines

Rias Baixas Albariño

Alvarinho & Vinho Verde

American New Releases

Imported New Releases


In This Issue:

Down by the River

The Minho divides Portugal's Vinho Verde from Spain's Rias Baixas. But whether you call the grape alvarinho or albariño, it makes superb white wine. Ray Isle finds out why.

Coastal Divide

Rod Smith first reported on the far Sonoma coast in August '99. Now growers on the edge of the Pacific are fine-tuning their understanding of the region's terroir. Smith returns to taste the results.

Shades of Gray

Winemakers as far apart as Oregon and Italy are working to find out what defines pinot gris - otherwise known as pinot grigio. Patrick Comiskey reports on three emerging styles.

Pairing Pinot Gris

It's the perfect summer wine - whether it's from Alsace, Italy or the US. Tara Q. Thomas talks to top chefs from all three regions, and comes back with recipes to go with your next bottle.