December 2021 - Wine & Spirits Magazine

December 2021

Cover photo by Adam Friedlander; food styling by Pearl Jones; prop styling by Nicole Louie


Editor’s Note
Autumn Sun


Fined & Filtered
Tyler Colman explains why you may need to scramble for your Champagne this year.
Patricio Tapia details the raft of changes taking effect in Jerez.
Jamal Rayyis digs into an ancient wine factory.
Tara Q. Thomas and Corey Warren get reading.
Joshua Greene recaps October’s return of our annual Top 100 Tasting through photographs.


Personal Taste:
The Kimchi Connection
Lauryn Chun finds a little bit of Korea in France and Italy, and a little bit of Champagne in kimchi.


Year’s Best

US Cabernet Sauvignon & Bordeaux Blends
Barolo & Barbaresco


Reds from Rioja
Republic of Georgia
Age-Designated Tawny & Colheita Ports

New Releases

US New Releases
Imported New Releases
Best Under $12

Editorial Features

Garnacha Riojana

Equine labor at Bhilar in Rioja
Photo by Lorena Ros

Nacho Monclús reports on the new breed of Rioja, from growers tending old-vine garnacha in the region’s northern and western hills.

Mountain-Top Cabernet

Harvest in Santa Cruz
Photo courtesy of Bates Ranch

As the Pacific warms, Luke Sykora checks in on the ocean-influenced cabernets of the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Cool Corner of Barolo

Photo by Elisa Carucci

Stephanie Johnson heads to Novello’s Ravera, where top growers from other Barolo villages have been buying up vineyards.

This story appears in the print issue of December 2021.
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