December 2005

Editor’s Note


Fined & Filtered


Nightlife: Wine Warmers

Spirits: New for the Holidays

Books: A History of Wine in America, reviewed by Rod Smith

The Fearless Omnivore Save It, by Bill St. John


Shopper’s Guide

Best Values of the Issue


Vintage Porto 2003

German Riesling

Rioja Reds

Piedmont Reds

American New Releases

Imported New Releases


Primi e Aperitivi
Chef Iacopo Falai and sommelier Alberto Taddei of New York's Falai create a simple Italian holiday party for Tara Q. Thomas.

Basque Party
San Sebastian meets San Francisco. Wolfgang M. Weber gets tapas and wine tips from Chef Gerald Hirigoyen of San Francisco's Piperade.

Collecting Dust
Rod Smith reports on Rutherford's 2002 vintage - California's classic and most collectible reds.

Douro's New Collectibles
Traditional Port shippers turn their attention to rich Douro reds. A perspective by Joshua Greene.

Gold Capsule Riesling
Peter Liem reports on the limited-edition rieslings offered at Germany's annual auctions, from Mosel to Rheingau.