December 1999

In This Issue:

Napa Valley Cabernets

As evidenced by a vast, nuanced array of world-class cabernet sauvignons, the Napa Valley is America's most fully evolved wine appellation. Rod Smith explores what makes Napa cab great.

Bordeaux Overachievers

Looking for great Bordeaux without a first-growth price? Joshua Greene profiles five chateaux that have consistently performed beyond their classifications.

Duel in the Duero

Spain's Ribera del Duero is the source of some of today's hottest cult reds. Bruce Schoenfeld visits three of the region's new-wave producers-Abadia Retuerta, Dominio de Pingus and Teofilo Reyes-and finds that creative tension fuels winemaking excellence.

Pfalz Impressions

Once a pumping station for cheap Liebfraumilch, the Rheinpfalz is now growing many of Germany's most exciting wines. David Schildknecht leads a tour of the region's top producers.

Twentieth Century Vintage Port

The greatest wine from one of the world's greatest wine regions, Vintage Port from this century will live long into the next. Joshua Greene reports on a tasting of the finest twentieth century vintages of the Douro.

Niche Markets

Where to find that rare Rioja? That tightly allocated Aussie shiraz? W.R. Tish spans the US in search of top specialty retailers.


December Tasting Stats
Top 10 Cabernet Sauvignons
Best Values Under $10
California Cabernets & Blends
Bordeaux '96
Barolo & Barbaresco
German Riesling
American New Releases
Imported New Releases