December 1998

In This Issue:

Wrap 'Em Up!

W&S editors recommend 25 wines for holiday gift-giving.

Rioja Radicals

A new generation of producers is re-defining Rioja. Bruce Schoenfeld reports from Logroño on the quest for more body, color and flavor in the wines of the Spanish heartland.

Letter from Bordeaux

Fiona Morrison MW analyzes the '95, '96 and '97 vintages in Bordeaux. What's over-hyped and what's ripe for the picking?

Un-Marqued Champagne

Crafting small lots of wine in the shadow of the more celebrated négociant houses, the grower-producers of Champagne create individualistic expressions of the region's fabled terroir. Rod Smith tours the small villages of Champagne for an exclusive inside look at these artisan producers.

Reliable Reislings

Following a string of excellent vintages, now's the time to snap up some great German rieslings. David Schildknecht profiles ten reliable producers in his short-list of Germany's most compelling, affordable, age-worthy wines.

Head for the Hills

David Lynch hikes across the whisky regions of Scotland for a ground-level perspective on the terroir of single malt Scotch. A primer on "hill-walking" in whisky country.


December Tasting Stats
Champagne Buyers Guide
Best Values Under $10
German Riesling: A Great '97 Vintage
American New Releases
Imported New Releases