October 2004


October 2004 Tastings

Letter from the Editor

Tasting Introduction

Shopper's Guide

Year's Best:
  Zinfandel & Syrah

Top Values





Australian Shiraz




Tawny Porto

American New Releases

Imported New Releases


In This Issue:

Wine & Spirits' Best New Sommeliers 200
Four of the hottest new names behind America's best wine lists, from our Annual Sommelier Poll.

Dial 'S' for Sommelier
Ray Isle shanghais six New York sommeliers into a game of telephone with wine and food.

Raiders of the Lost Zin
Rod Smith reports on the renaissance of some of California's oldest zinfandel vineyards, hidden away in the Russian River Valley.

Giant Steps
Fiona Morrison, MW, visits three young vignerons at work restoring the Rhône's ancient terraces and making some of the region's best wines.

Revolution Rock
Patrick J. Comiskey heads to Walla Walla's stony vineyards to taste a new style of syrah, and talk with the band of winemakers producing it.