October 2000

In This Issue:


For winemakers, crush means two months of long days and longer nights, unexpected crises and occasional triumphs. Ray Isle collects some tales of harvest time in California.

Getting It Ripe

How do growers know when the time is right? Is there such a thing as perfect ripeness? Rod Smith investigates the still-mysterious life-cycle of the grape.

Chianti Classico 1997

David Lynch hikes the hilly vineyards of Tuscany for a look into this extraordinary vintage, and asks the question: will 1999 be even better?

Tuscany's Wild West

First there was Sassicaia. Then Ornellaia. Now comes the explosion: Tom Maresca reports on boom-times in the Maremma, producing some of Italy's most promising new wines.

The Cider Renaissance

Not since the 1700's has cider been so popular. Ben Watson profiles the artisans who've brought early America's favorite drink back to life.


October Tasting Stats
Best Values Under $10
Top 10 Zinfandel
American New Releases
Imported New Releases