There’s no denying that the ways we share information today are vastly different than in eras past. Today, the immediacy of the Internet means that practically no topic, no interest, no corner of the world is left untouched. Staying nationally or globally current is as easy as firing up your phone.
The digital age has had a huge impact on wine, beer and spirits culture in America. Conversations about everything from the best Pinot under $20 to what constitutes a natural wine are fast and furious, and many of the best (and meatiest) are taking place online.
While there’s obvious merit to the in-person exchange that takes place between you and your favorite sommelier, retailer or trusted vinophile friend, there are a myriad of innovative, knowledgeable and eager voices awaiting you at the click of your keyboard. Enter our 40 Under 40 feature.
This year, our list of 40 top young tastemakers in the beverage sphere is more diverse than ever, all actively harnessing the power of the digital world. With importers, retailers, winemakers and beyond among their ranks, these are the pioneers who are influencing what you find on store shelves and on restaurant tables, and shaping the landscape of drinks to come. We are incredibly excited about the conversations these stars have started.
Another trailblazer, Contributing Editor Michael Schachner, was one of the first to herald Argentinean Malbec as the wine to watch in the U.S. His current report forecasts the future of Argentina’s winemaking. From the complex Malbecs of high, stony Uco Valley vineyards to a new crop of varietal Cabernet Francs and red blends, these are wines that successfully diversify Argentina’s wine offerings.
If Contributing Editor Virginie Boone is writing about Napa Valley, she must be talking Cabernet, right? Not so. The region’s oldest, most traditional vineyard plantings are dominated by Zinfandel, as Boone explains. She provides a hit list of the producers and vineyards to seek out for elegant Zins that truly express their Napa roots.
Also in this issue: Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe extols the vinous virtues of exotic Sardinia; Lifestyle and Entertaining Editors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen share somms’ pairings for America’s favorite dinners; and we showcase three stunning wine cellars that make the most of technology and style.