April 2005

Letter from the Editor

Fined & Filtered



Nightlife: Wine Warmers



Short Finish: The B-word by David Darlington


Shopper’s Guide

Top Values

Year's Best: Chardonnay

Tasting Stats

American Pinot Noir



American New Releases

Imported New Releases


Wine Destinations
From chefs who grow their own food, to crudo, haute Greek and low-markup wine lists, W&S visits twenty leaders in new restaurant trends for great wine and food..

Las Vegas
Jordan Mackay goes behind the scenes at the casinos and off the strip to meet the players in the Las Vegas wine boom.

Naked Chardonnay
There's a new generation of chardonnays that taste like the grape. Patrick Comiskey asks winemakers and sommeliers why they prefer the oak in their chardonnay to be transparent, or not there at all.

Chianti Beyond Classico
Tom Maresca zeroes in on the two zones ouside Chianti Classico where some of Tuscany's most classic and noble wines are grown: Chianti Rfina and Chianti Colli Fiorentini.

16th Annual Wine & Spirits Restaurant Poll
What are people drinking in America's most popular restaurants? W&S' exclusive report tracks the fads, the trends, the comfortable choices and the hot new brands from sales off hundreds of the best wine lists across the country.