February 2020 - Wine & Spirits Magazine

February 2020


Editor’s Note
Creativity at the Margins


Fined & Filtered
Biodiversity Matters by Joshua Greene

Special Reports

Soave’s Volcanic Revival
Stephanie Johnson
 reports on the new Unità Geografi che Aggiuntive, an official recognition of Soave’s 33 distinct crus, and presents the top new releases from our latest Soave tasting.

Roussillon’s Rancio Sec
Tara Q. Thomas
 reports on the rise of Rancio Sec, a Catalan specialty that had fallen into obscurity over the last century. Our New York panel found 11 exceptional wines in our first Rancio Sec tasting.


Year’s Best

US Syrahs & Rhône-Style Blends
Northern Rhône
McLaren Vale
Mosel Rieslings

Focus On

South Africa’s Cape South Coast
Central Portugal

New Releases

Best Buys at $12 or Less

Editorial Features


Where to eat and drink well in NYC right now.

Crozes-Hermitage Nord & Sud

Josh Raynolds parses the northern Rhône’s largest appellation, highlighting the region’s bipolar terroir.

Syrah in the Sta. Rita Hills

Once considered too marginal a climate to ripen syrah, the Pacific-facing Sta. Rita Hills has become a mecca for the variety’s most ardent producers. Patrick J. Comiskey reports.