Inside the Issue

December 2019

Year's Best Champagne

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Editor's Note
A Case for Old Vines

Editor’s Note


Fined & Filtered
Jancis Robinson, MW, on the new World Atlas of Wine Interview by Corey Warren

Wine by the Bay
Outtakes from the W&S Top 100

Gifts & Gadgets
for your favorite oenophile, by Julie H. Case


Books: Holiday Essentials

Spirits: Irish Whiskey
by Rachel DelRocco Terrazas


Year's Best

US Cabernets & Blends
Barolo & Barbaresco
Hungarian Wines
Tawny Port

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New Releases

Best Sparklers at $25 or Less

Editorial Features

Piedmont's Great White Hope?

Piedmont's Great White Hope?

Stephanie Johnson ventures to the Colli Tortonesi, where she finds an eccentric group of vintners growing timorasso, aspiring to create the white counterpart to Barolo.

Vanishing Elders

Vanishing Elders

Why don’t more Napa Valley cabernet vintners see virtue in old vines? David Darlington investigates.

Washington's Cabernet Survivors

Washington's Cabernet Survivors

Between the harsh winters and widespread virus, Columbia Valley’s cabernet vines rarely make it to old age. Patrick J. Comiskey considers how and why the oldest patches have survived.