February 2017 - Wine & Spirits Magazine

February 2017


February 2017

The Future is Mouvedre in the Sierra Foothills…

Editor’s Note
Forgotten Vines


Fined & Filtered
South Africa’s Zoo Biscuits, by Rachel Signer


Spirits: A Better Buttered Rum by Jordan Mackay

Books: Jamie Goode reviews Volcanic Wine

Last Sip: In Search of Mataro in California by Patrick J. Comiskey


Year’s Best

US Zinfandel
US Syrah
Chilean Cabernet & Carmenére
Argentine Malbec
Best for $12 or Less

Focus On

New Releases

US New Releases
Imported New Releases

Editorial Features

Eat | Drink: Flagstaff, AZ

Eat | Drink: Flagstaff, AZ

Once a stop on the way to the Grand Canyon, this southwestern mountain town has become a destination in its own right, says Elaine Chukan-Brown, dishing on the best new bars and restaurants.

Syrah Follies

Syrah Follies

Back in 1995, when Markus Goodfellow started buying syrah from a Yamhill vineyard, he dubbed the resulting wine “Fool’s Errand.” That pretty much summed up the prevailing feeling about the variety in Oregon’s cool climate. And yet, today, the state is turning out some of the most exciting examples in the US. David Schildknecht reports.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Mourvèdre on the Rise

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Mourvèdre on the Rise

Accelerated growing seasons are shifting the balance from grenache toward mourvèdre in some of the top vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Josh Raynolds reports from the Rhône.

The Rescue Paradox: Mourvedre in California

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Amid concerns about drought and climate change, a few Sunshine State growers and winemakers are looking toward mourvedre, and revealing a completely different expression of the variety, says Luke Sykora.