June 2006

Editor’s Note

Fined & Filtered:



American Syrah and Zinfandel Superlist


Spirit of New England New vodkas from the north

Bordeaux 2005
Joshua Greene's en primeur journal
Vintage Report by Fiona Morrison MV

Old Vines
Freedom Wine by Max Allen
Hunter Valley Semillon by Ben Canaider

Last Sip
The Oldest Vines in Spain? by Victor de la Serna

Value Vines

Shopper’s Guide

Australian Shiraz

American Syrah


Southern Italy

Ribera del Duero

American New Releases

Imported New Releases


Critics Picks for Value
W&S wine critics Joshua Greene, Patrick J. Comiskey, Peter Liem, Patricio Tapia and Tara Q. Thomas reveal where they find the best values in wine today.

Santa Barbara Syrah
Jordan Mackay finds out why syrah may soon become Santa Barbara County's foremost variety.

The Other Sirah
David Darlington, an inland Mendocino local, has seen the future in old-vine petite sirah.

Taming the Beast
Patricio Tapia travels to the hills of Jumilla, where rustic old-vine monastrell is now turning out sleek and fashionable wines.

Hot Wines
As global temperatures rise, so do alcohol levels in wine. Tara Q. Thomas considers what to serve with viogniers and cabernets pushing 16 percent.

Value Brands of the Year
Looking for brands you can trust to deliver great buys at $15 or less? W&S's critics review a year's worth of tastings and highlight the brands that stand out.