December 2007
Features at Wine & Spirits

Departments
Editor's Note

Fined & Filtered:
  Bordeaux 2007

Happenings

Critic's Picks:
   Best Values

Year's Best
   Cabernet Superlist

Spirits: David Wondrich
  on Micro Distilleries

Peter Liem
  on Pinot Meunier

W&S Fourth Annual
  Top 100

Harvest
  Among the Hmong by   Field Maloney

Tastings
American Cabernet   tasted 306, reviewed 78

Champagne
  tasted 179, reviewed 93

Piedmont
  tasted 194, reviewed 61

Rioja
  tasted 185, reviewed 61

German Riesling
  tasted 259, reviewed 142

American New Releases
  tasted 329, reviewed 48

Imported New Releases   tasted 291, reviewed 110


Old World Capitals of Wine
Celebrate the new year in the Old World with an insider's guide to the wine bars of Paris and the great wine restaurants of Vienna

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Napa Valley: Cabernet on the Rocks
It's a sunny day in September, I'm taking the drive up Highway 29, passing through ever-expanding Napa, the town, to the more pastoral and arresting landscape of Napa, the valley. To the right and left, green-leafed cabernet sauvignon vines stand stoutly, bearing the small, dark clusters of this year's crop. At points the valley widens and narrows, and it's easy to let my eyes wander up the steep slopes of Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain away from the flat road in front of me. In Napa, the contrast between the flat land and the precipitous valley sides is stark. The towering hillside peaks always make me want to climb them, but during this visit I'm staying completely on level ground.

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Roman Holiday
On the day before Christmas, tens of thousands of locals and tourists gather at the Vatican for a mass held by the Pope, then Roman families prepare a feast in the city where the Catholic Church was founded.
        To celebrate the holidays, Wine & Spirits asked three Roman-themed restaurants in the U.S. -two owned by Roman natives living in New York City and one recently launched by the team behind A16 Restaurant in San Francisco- to create a menu inspired by Rome's traditions.

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Germany's Rising Saar
One river, more than any other, points toward German riesling's future-the narrow, serpentine Saar. It springs from the Vosges Mountains practically in sight of the vineyards of Alsace, traversing some of Europe's most notoriously industrialized and contested terrain. Along the last ten of its 150 miles, before it meets the Mosel, smokestacks give way to slate slopes and riesling vines. These were the earliest vineyards of Germania (the former Roman capital Trier lies next door). Treasured by medieval monks and bishops, privatized and classified under Napoleon, their fame has long been disproportional to their size. A golden age around the turn of the 20th century brought the Saar...

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Bollito Misto: Dolcetto Meets its Match
The streets of Carrù were once littered with hay and manure, and the pungent scent of stables hung in the air. Farmers brought their cattle to market here, and butchers came from all over to buy them. Many traveled for days to get to this small Piedmontese town. And when they arrived, they needed a place to stay.

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