June 2003

June Tastings

Letter from the Editor

Tasting Introduction

W&S Year's Best Merlots

Value Varietals


American New Releases

Imported New Releases


In This Issue:

Value Brands of the Year

If you're looking for great summer wines at great prices, here are the names you need to know. Tara Q. Thomas and Patrick Comiskey report on W&S's top value picks from a year of tastings.

Swizzle In, Swagger Out

With summer almost here, Dave Wondrich heads over to Manhattan's Grange Hall for a look at some cool and classic rum cocktails.

Maipo's Super-Seconds

Patricio Tapia heads to the foothills of the Andes for some of the best values in cabernet anywhere.

Bordeaux's Sleeping Beauty

A handful of St-Emilion's top winemakers have been setting up shop lately in neighboring Côtes de Castillon - and making terrific Bordeaux reds for a song. Fiona Morrison, MW finds out how.


Napa Valley Satellites

Pope Valley. Chiles Valley. American Canyon. If you don't know about the wines from these outlying reaches of Napa, you need to - and Rod Smith tells you why.

Inns Among the Vineyards

Headed to Napa Valley? Rather spend your hard-earned cash on wine instead of hotel bills? Patrick Comiskey checks into some of the Valley's most affordable inns and B&Bs.