June 2021 - Wine & Spirits Magazine

June 2021


Editor’s Note
Economical Stimulus


Fined & Filtered
Jared Hooper talks to sommeliers throwing open the retail doors.
Roger Morris reports on grape vines that have touched down from outer space.

Corey Warren reviews American Cider.
Patrick J. Comiskey reads Vines & Vision in Santa Barbara County.

News in Brief

Chantal Martineau reports that America is on the craft vermouth train, finally.

Personal Taste:
Tamarind Franc
Loire cabernet pulled Miguel de Leon (of NYC’s Pinch Chinese and Jeepney Filipino Gastropub) outside the grid, back to sampalok, the tamarind candy of his childhood in the Philippines.


Year’s Best

US Zins & Mixed Blacks
Top 100 Values of the Year

Focus On

US Rosé
Germany: Rhine Riesling
Austrian Grüner Veltliner
Southern Italian Reds
Southwest France
Azores & Canary Islands
Ribera del Duero
Chile: Maipo Reds

Imported New Releases

Argentina: Salta
The Balkans

Editorial Features

Around the World in 40 Wines:
2021 Value Brands of the Year

Photo by Glauco Canalis

For most of 2020, we learned how exhausting it is to stay in one place. We’ve gathered a list of 40 brands you can count on for good drinking at $20 or less and matched them with a day-trip idea that we’ve been dreaming about.

Retailer Challenge 2021:
The Pot Thickens

Photo by Daymon Gardner

New Orleans retailers get cooking with their favorite gumbo-wine pairings. Reported by Susannah Smith.

Gone Tomorrow

Photo by Marissa Leshnov

Patrick J. Comiskey visits the endangered ancient vines of Contra Costa County, including those at Evangelho Vineyard (above) in Antioch, some of California’s great viticultural assets at risk of extinction.

This story appears in the print issue of June 2021.
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