Inside the Issue

December 2017

California Cabernet Sauvignon

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Editor's Note
North Coast Fire Relief

Editor’s Note


Fined & Filtered
Tasting Climate Change by Tara Q. Thomas


Books: Peter Liem’s Champagne

Knechting the Dots: Red Light
by David Schildknecht

Wine by the Bay:
Outakes from the W&S Top 100


Year's Best

US Cabernet Sauvignon
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English & US Sparkling

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Editorial Features

Oyster Options

Oyster Options

Few foods reflect the diverse places where they grow as distinctly as oysters—so why do we tend to pair them with only Sancerre and Muscadet? The W&S team unearths a range of drink options for a wide range of oysters and tastes.

Dosage in Champagne

Dosage in Champagne

Dosage isn’t all about sweetness, says Peter Liem. It’s more akin to the salt used in cooking, a seasoning that enhances the balance and flavors of a Champagne.

Alto Piemonte

Alto Piemonte

In the 19th century, vineyards blanketed the high hills of northern Piedmont, their wines more prized than Barolo and Barbaresco to the south. Stephanie Johnson reports on a renaissance in Alto Piemonte with its fresh, brisk nebbiolo.

Wildfire Ecology

Wildfire Ecology

David Darlington looks at the forces contributing to the most destructive wildfires in California’s history.