Inside the Issue

December 2014

A Sommelier Scavenger Hunt

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Departments


Editor's Note
Field Studies

Contributors

Fined & Filtered:
Luke Sykora
on the highs and lows of Napa Valley’s 2011 vintage.

Happenings

Holiday Picks for $15 or Less

Spirits: Whiskey & Bourbon by Lou Bustamante

Wine by the Bay
Photos from Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 event

Tastings


Year's Best

Champagne
US Cabernet
German Riesling
Alsace
Barolo
Rioja
Port

New Releases

US New Releases
Imported New Releases

Editorial Features


The Trockenwelle

The Trockenwelle

The German Wine Law of 1971 focused growers on must weight at harvest, but a rising wave of dry riesling has brought the focus back to the vineyards. John Haeger reports.

Eat | Drink New Orleans

Eat | Drink New Orleans

Sara Roahen tracks down essential stops for your next visit to New Orleans, where the city’s restaurant scene is back in full bloom post-Katrina.

Champagne to Finish

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At Pix in Portland, Cheryl Wakerhauser stocks some 400 Champagnes to match her patisserie. Elaine Chukan Brown profiles the chef and her passion for Bubbly at the end of the meal.

First Annual Sommelier Scavenger Hunt

First Annual Sommelier Scavenger Hunt

Finger Lakes Riesling. Santa Barbara County Chardonnay. Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Washington State Cabernet Blends. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine & Spirits sent five teams of sommeliers on a hunt for New World terroir.