February 2016

INSIDE THE ISSUE

February 2016

Light in Barossa

Editor’s Note

Cultural Evolution

Contributors

Fined & Filtered
Maderia Revival, by Richard Mayson

Happenings

Books: Cocktail Essentials, by Caitlin Griffith

Knechting the Dots
Warm Reception for Lower Alcohol, by David Schildknecht

Tastings


Year’s Best

US Zinfandel
US Syrah
Rhône
Priorat & Montsant
Chilean Cabernet & Carmenère
Argentine Malbec
Madeira
Best Buys at $10 or Less

Focus On

New Releases

US New Releases
Imported New Releases

Editorial Features


The Apple, Distilled

The Apple, Distilled

In today’s fast-moving world of spirits, Calvados is an anomaly—one well worth checking out, finds Jordan Mackay, reporting from Normandy.

Dreams of Californication

Dreams of Californication

Most vintners go to a nursery to buy the vines they put in the ground. Randall Grahm and Sashi Moorman are taking a different approach, growing vines from seed in hopes of developing plants optimally suited to California. David Pelletier reports.

Harmony v. Terroir

Harmony v. Terroir

Joshua Greene, in Shanghai to judge at the Annual Wines of Chile Awards, investigates ground zero of China’s explosive wine market.

Light in Barossa

Light in Barossa

The variety that made the biggest splash in our Annual Sommelier Scavenger Hunt this year was grenache. Luke Sykora explores the old-vine landscape of Barossa, where the variety is producing bright, elegant red wines.