October 2003

October Tastings

Letter from the Editor

Tasting Introduction

Top Values

American Syrah

Australian Shiraz

Zinfandel

American New Releases

Imported New Releases

In This Issue:

Rooted in Redvine

The Redwood Valley grows some of the most distinctive zinfandel in California, and Rod Smith finds out why.


Ascent of Zin

What happens when zinfandel's lush fruit meets age-worthy structure? Patrick J. Comiskey scales the mountains around Napa Valley for a look at high-altitude zin.


Shiraz Plus

Australian winemakers are discovering that a little white grape can step up the power in some of their best shiraz. Max Allen reports on the newest trend from Down Under.


Colchagua Syrah

Chile may be best known for its cabernets and carmenères, but that could be changing. Joshua Greene heads down to Colchagua to check out its new developments in syrah.


Lamb & Syrah

Tara Q. Thomas talks to chefs from three continents to determine what makes lamb a perfect match for syrah, no matter where you are.