August 1997

In This Issue:

Great Grapes of the Mediterranean

Though their names rarely appear on labels, the varieties indigenous to the Mediterranean region produce some remarkable wines. Associate editor Tara Q. Thomas leads a grape-by-grape tour, exploring how these varieties are woven into the cultures and cuisines of their native lands.

Sonoma's Italian Roots

The Italian immigrants who settled Sonoma County brought with them their talent for winemaking. Sara Hare recounts the stories of the Mediterranean families who founded the region's wine industry.

Readers Rate the Retailers

The latest exclusive W&S survey readers rate fifty-five of the most important wine retailers in five major cities. Who has the best prices? The most helpful staff? The widest selection?

Old Vines, New World

For zinfandel aficionados, there's no vine like an old vine. Rod Smith delves into the old-vine cult, and reports on research being done in Sonoma and Napa to unlock the secrets of old age.


August Tasting Stats
Best Values Under $10
Portugal's Vinho Verde
American New Releases
Imported New Releases