October 2021 - Wine & Spirits Magazine

October 2021


Editor’s Note
Drought, Floods and Doves


Fined & Filtered
Alissa Bica follows sommeliers into the kitchen
David Schildknecht reports on flood-recovery efforts in the Ahr
David Darlington chronicles California’s water restrictions under drought
Joshua Greene remembers Mark Tarlov.


Chantal Martineau reports on the measures craft distilleries are taking to reduce their carbon footprints.

Personal Taste:
Caribou Bones and Burgundy
Elaine Chukan Brown ruminates on Caribou Soup and Burgundy.


Year’s Best

US Chardonnay
Mendoza Malbec
Southwest France


Friuli & Slovenia Whites
Australia: Margaret River
Tuscan Reds
Chile’s South
Priorat & Montsant
2019 Vintage Port

New Releases

US New Releases
Imported New Releases
Best Under $12

Editorial Features

Great Wine Mentors

Photo by Landon Speers

We asked working sommeliers to call out the people who most impacted their careers. Five earned the most acclaim for their mentorship, including Roger Dagorn, MS (above).

Remembering Jim Clendenen

Clockwise from top left: Becky Wasserman, Gavin Chanin, Bob Lindquist and Mel Knox

Gavin Chanin, Becky Wasserman, Bob Lindquist, and Mel Knox on the rise of Santa Barbara County wine and its most charismatic leader.

The New Burgundy Underground

Jasper Morris MW considers unclassified gems—soils
and slopes for a changing climate in Burgundy. 28

This story appears in the print issue of October 2021.
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