June 2004

June 2004 Tastings

Letter from the Editor

Tasting Introduction

Shopper's Guide

Year's Best Merlot

Value Varietals



American New Releases

Imported New Releases


In This Issue:

Value Brands of the Year
In search of the best buys under $15? Patrick Comiskey and Tara Q. Thomas give the low-down on W&S's best-performing value brands, both American and imported.

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All Hail the Mighty Onion
David Wondrich joins Bourbon country's Master Distillers to rebuild George Washington's still - and make whiskey the old-fashioned way.

Critics' Value Picks
W&S's critics weigh in on their personal favorites for great value.
Joshua Greene on Australia, the Loire & Portugal
Tara Q. Thomas on the Mediterranean & Austria
Ray Isle on Spain
Patricio Tapia on Chile & Argentina
Patrick Comiskey on California

Rod Smith checks into the character of wines from this, the Napa Valley's last frontier.

Home on the Mayacamas Range
Napa isn't just for grapes anymore - not with the reappearance of free-range cattle on its green hills. Jordan Mackay investigates.