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Wine Enthusiast Magazine May 2021

Wine Enthusiast Magazine is one of the most respected and quoted authorities in the world of wine and spirits. We feature the hottest trends in everything related to wine. Our seasoned editors do the work for you, with over 700 expert ratings and reviews in each issue. Plus, in-depth features on all aspects of cocktails, spirits, beer, inventive wine and food pairings, trendy recipes, savvy travel features, and more.

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4 min
japanese whisky’s new wave

Japanese whisky ascended quickly, like a firework, and it exploded across the highest tiers, racking up awards and accolades. Cocktail bars and collectors couldn’t get enough of it. The last time Wine Enthusiast ran a feature-length article on the category, in 2016, signs were there that its popularity caught producers off guard. Bottles faded into the hands of buyers. Today, they’re back. The landscape has changed, and stocks haven’t completely replenished, but new bottlings have started to appear. For instance, stalwart Nikka Whisky released several new bottlings in 2020: Nikka Days (at right), plus a pair of limited-edition single malts and a new Taketsuru blended malt. “With great demand, many suppliers saw a strain on their supply,” says Emiko Kaji, the international business development manager for Nikka. “We started allocation in 2016 and still…

5 min

If there is a bright spot in the beer space amid the pandemic, it is that small-production brewers were afforded the time to make and age proper lagers. The craft beer industry in America was built on the backs of ales. Hop-forward India pale ales, roasted stouts and hefeweizen were put on offer by the early craft brewers to help differentiate themselves from the larger breweries that cornered the market. As the pandemic closed taprooms, …many brewers took the opportunity to use fermentation tanks for lagers. When it comes to small breweries in America today, ales are still the primary focus and largely pay the bills. They can be brewed, fermented and released within a few days. Lagers on the other hand need several weeks in tanks to properly mature. They need time…

10 min
brunello di montalcino

2016 VINTAGE 100 Il Marroneto 2016 Madonna delle Grazie (Brunello di Montalcino). For full review see page 83. Cellar Selection. abv: 14.5% Price: $350 100 Le Chiuse 2016 Brunello di Montalcino. For full review see page 83. Cellar Selection. abv: 14.5% Price: $99 99 Conti Costanti 2016 Brunello di Montalcino. For full review see page 83. Cellar Selection. abv: 14% Price: $119 99 Fuligni 2016 Brunello di Montalcino. Enticingly fragrant, this opens with heady aromas of rose, violet, new leather, truffle and balsamic whiffs of camphor. Vibrant and focused, the chiseled, elegant palate is all about finesse, delivering bright red cherry, orange zest, licorice and white pepper framed in taut, refined tannins. Bright acidity keeps it superbly balanced and fresh. It’s already drinking beautifully but hold for even more complexity. Drink 2024–2036. Empson USA Ltd. Cellar Selection.…

1 min
recipe of the month: divine proportions

Named to honor George Arliss, lead actor in the popular 1923 play The Green Goddess, this vibrant salad dressing has become a classic. Make it your own with any combo of so-called “soft” herbs like basil, dill, mint and chives. Just don’t skip the tarragon—it’s an integral part of the original recipe. Also try it as a dip for crudités, drizzled over grilled vegetables, or even as a lighter alternative to Béarnaise or Hollandaise sauces. WINE PAIRING Maidenstoen 2019 Grüner Veltliner (San Luis Obispo County) With flavors of tart fruits and herbs, and its signature white-pepper note, Grüner Veltliner is a natural with herb-driven dishes. Best known in Austria, the grape is being vinified increasingly in the New World. This bottling has zippy acidity that offers a nice textural contrast to the creamy…

2 min
winemag.com: why is there so much celebrity rosé

The Era of Celebrity Drinks has seen its hits, like when George Clooney’s Casamigos was sold to Diageo for $1 billion, and its misses (Pharrell’s Q Qream liqueur, we hardly knew ye). Today, however, most celebrity brands are rosé wines, and consumers are snapping them up. According to Mike Osborn, founder and executive vice president of Wine.com, “rosé has such a wide appeal” that the site carries more than 670 pink wine products. Jon Bon Jovi and son Jesse Bongiovi’s Hampton Water, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Chateau Miraval, and Lisa Vanderpump’s Vanderpump Rosé are the site’s second, third and fourth most popular roses, respectively. Other stars who make rosé include John Legend, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dave Matthews, John Malkovich, Kylie Minogue, Sting and Trudie Styler, Drew Barrymore and Post Malone, whose…

2 min
croatia’s light side

POŠIP Believed indigenous to the island of Korčula, Pošip is now grown widely, and almost exclusively, along the Dalmatian Coast and the island of Hvar in microclimates influenced by the Adriatic Sea. Named for its resemblance to the sip, the curved side of a vineyard tool used historically in these areas, it produces luscious white wines that offer aromas of green fig and fresh apricot, and flavors of white peach, tangerine and toasted almonds. Stylistically, Pošip tends to fall on opposite ends of the spectrum. Some winemakers vinify in stainless steel to create crisp, clean versions, while other producers age in oak for several months for a rounder, full-bodied bottling. Brands to know: Korta Katarina, Saints Hills, Zlatan Otok GRAŠEVINA The most planted variety in continental Croatia, versatile Graševina is used to make everything…