Departments

Editor's Note

Happenings

Fined & Filtered
   Patrick J. Comiskey on
   2007 in Washington:
   A historic vintage?

Peter Liem: Raising the
   Côte des Bar

Fiona Morrison, MW, on
   Bordeaux 2010

Spirits: The Year in
   Scotch, by Chris Hallowell

Tastings

Year's Best Champagne

Year's Best Cabernet
   Sauvignon & Blends

Year's Best Rioja

Year's Best Barolo &
   Barbaresco

Year's Best German
   Riesling

American
   New Releases

Imported
   New Releases

Extreme Values

 December '10  Features at Wine & Spirits

Two Legends of Barolo
Bruno Giacosa was born in Nieve in 1929, Mauro Mascarello in Monchiero in 1937. Both men still live in the villages where they were born. In October of this year, I spent a morning with Bruno Giacosa at his winery in Nieve, speaking of the old days in Piedmont and the changes he's seen over the course of his long and famous career. That same afternoon, I had a similar talk with Mauro Mascarello, whose responses provided an interesting parallel to Giacosa's. He was more forthcoming, given his relative youth—and his outgoing personality.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.

Vintage Matters in Napa Valley–or Does It?
The Napa Valley rises out of the San Pablo Bay heading north, then bends to the northwest at Oakville. You wouldn't necessarily notice it when driving Highway 29, but it's clear on a topographical map. A small shift in direction, it creates a climate boundary under certain conditions, one detail in an infinite number of minor details that factor into Napa Valley vintages.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.

Spätburgunder Rising
Spätburgunder, the German name for pinot noir, might seem an esoteric wine. But Germany has the third-largest acreage of pinot noir in the world—30,000 acres (behind France and the US). And Germany's leading spätburgunder producers do much the same things in the vineyard and cellar as leading pinot noir makers elsewhere, with comparable results. Still, for many experienced winemakers and sommeliers, the idea that a country at the traditional northern limits of viticulture can produce good red wine seems completely absurd.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.

Right Bank Naturalists
After several days in the vineyards of Bordeaux's Right Bank, I booked a table at the Hostellerie de Plaisance, said to be the best place in St-Emilion. I made an attempt to scrub my fingers, purple stained from the day of tasting, and swapped out my limestone-caked shoes for heels. La Plaisance stood across the cobblestoned Place du Clocher, holding the promise of lesser-known gems on its wine list.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.

San Francisco Bay Area New & Notable Restaurants of 2010
The new openings that captured our imagination this year—whether with pop-up restaurants, food carts or 12-course tasting menus—continue the Bay Area tradition of zeroing in on local and seasonal ingredients, but do so in increasingly personal, eclectic ways.

The complete article is available in the print edition of Wine & Spirits.