Zin is in once again.
For some time, the go-to California red that enjoyed pride of place on most clued-in American tables—from backyard barbeques to elegant Sunday feasts—seemed to slide into the shadows, overcome by the wave of friendly Malbecs, flashy Cabernets and trendy Pinots.
While those reds are still on our hit list, Zinfandel, with its exuberant, spicy and stylish character, has made a comeback, with better quality, diversity and value than ever. As our California-based editors Steve Heimoff and Virginie Boone report, this Old World variety-made-new thrives all over the state, from regions as diverse as Mendocino and Sonoma to Lodi and the Sierra Foothills.
Oregon is home to other stealth stars of the season, and it’s not Pinot…Noir, that is. Pinot Gris, with its lush, expansive fruit, and Pinot Blanc, a delightful, refreshing white with considerable food-pairing prowess, are the focus of Pacific Northwest Editor Paul Gregutt’s piece. Both are joining their famous red counterpart as some of the world’s best sips from the West Coast.
Managing Editor Joe Czerwinski heads west—far west—to dig into the rustic environs and fine wines of Western Australia’s wine regions. From the distinctive Cabernets and red blends of Margaret River to Frankland River’s poised Rieslings and beyond, the vintners in this hard-to-reach corner of Oz are turning out wines that are worth the journey.
The stereotype of spirits distilling as a rough-and-tumble men’s club was there for a reason, until now. Spirits Editor Kara Newman reveals the new faces of the still, profiling four industrious women worldwide who are making their mark in the industry, and impacting what you put in your glass.
Also in this issue: Janet Forman delves into the new tastes of kosher wine and cuisine; George Clooney drops in to talk Tequila and Anne Krebiehl tells you why Austria’s Burgenland is a must-know discovery for fans of sophisticated reds.