December 2002 Issue


December Tasting

December Tasting Stats

Best Values

Top Ten Cabernet & Red Blends

Cabernet Sauvignon & Red Blends

Champagne Buyer's Guide

2000 Vintage Porto

American New Releases

Imported New Releases

In This Issue:
Paris When It Sparkles
When you're wandering in the City of Lights, where's the best place to catch a quick glass of Champagne? Philipp Blom goes on a quest for the best Champagne lists of Paris.


Banking on Botrytis New investments and a string of superb vintages have brought Sauternes its greatest success in years. Fiona Morrison, MW, stops in at some of the top châteaux.

< Winery Dining on the Danube & the Rhine
Tara Q. Thomas tours Austria's traditional heurigen, while David Schildknecht checks into some of Germany's best weinstuben, and both of them find a wealth of food and drink for curious travellers.


Piedmont's Character Actors Nebbiolo is king in Piedmont, but that hasn't stopped the region's top winemakers from blending it with a host of other varieties. David Lynch reports on the rise of the new "Super-Piedmont" wines.

Cabernet Rising
Rod Smith climbs Napa Valley's Howell Mountain to unearth the sources of some of California's biggest, boldest cabernet sauvignon.