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Wine Enthusiast Magazine April 2018

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.

United States
Wine Enthusiast
13 Issues

in this issue

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il buon vino, la bella vita

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” —Giuseppe Verdi Italy’s irresistible charm has been famous the world over for centuries. Beyond its myriad cultural appeals, for wine lovers, Italy is a destination unmatched for its combination of storied classics and exciting new pours. For the collector and traditionalist, the elegance of Barolo and the powerful longevity of the Super Tuscans make Italy a top contender both on the table and in the cellar. More adventurous drinkers, meanwhile, can turn to regions like Alto Adige, Puglia, Sicily and beyond for distinctive wines that nimbly navigate new cuisines and palates. Our April issue celebrates Italy’s dynamic wine scene with discovery-driven reports from the ground and the tasting room, including Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe’s feature on Franciacorta (page 42). This world-class metodo classico…

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coming next month

The Art of Wine Wine has long been a muse for art and design, and vice versa. Meet the creatives across the industry who embrace their vinous palate and the bottles they curate. Picnic Pairings The editors of Wine Enthusiast are going on a picnic. We’re each making a chef-driven recipe and bringing a bottle to match. Don’t worry, we’ll share, so grab a basket and some glasses. Poster Perfect We present gallery-worthy vintage spirits advertisements turned prints, and classic-feeling cocktails inspired by them. Central Coast Grenache From cool climate expressions in the Sta. Rita Hills and Edna Valley, to richer versions from Paso Robles, we unearth California’s most versatile prospect: Grenache. No pickaxe required. Portugal’s New Generation A new wave of vintners is storming the scene in Portugal, all producing incredible bottles. We take a look at how…

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winemag.com exclusives

Follow us @WineEnthusiast FIND WINE FAULTS LIKE A PRO Dump or drink? Learn the signs of common faults (and the characteristics mistaken for them). Visit winemag.com/faults BRUSH UP ON GRAPE BASICS From flavors and aromas to ideal serving temperatures and top regions, we give you monthly cheat sheets for learning the basics of your favorite varieties in under 60 seconds. Visit winemag.com/sauvignonblanc LEARN HOW TO BUILD A CHEESE BOARD Whether you’re looking for something basic or more intricate, we give you the cheeses, wines and techniques to help you conquer board boredom. Visit winemag.com/cheesepro MIX UP BETTER BEER COCKTAILS We tap bartenders for the newest suds-forward pours, including creations even subtle enough to appeal to non-beer drinkers. Visit winemag.com/beercocktails WATCH OUR EXCLUSIVE VIDEO 5 QUESTIONS WITH GRACE EVENSTAD The co-founder and owner of Domaine Serene reveals why she chose Willamette as the site for its…

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out & about

THE SUN WINE & FOOD FEST Fine wine and gourmet food were a sure bet at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, in January. A Vintage Cru tasting, Bourbon bash and celebrity dine-around were among the attractions at the event. COCHON555 This nose-to-tail culinary competition made its way to New York City for the 10th year in January. A panel of judges, including W.E. Digital Managing Editor Marina Vataj, were faced with the challenge of choosing the best extravagant pork dish and pour. NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL Vintner dinners, auctions and musical performances were all part of the fun at this January event in Naples, Florida. The soul of it, though, is the money raised for the Naples Children and Education Foundation— $15.2 million this year. MOHEGAN SUN; MAX FLATOW; PIOTR FALENCIK…

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dive into puglia

The sharp stiletto to Italy’s thigh-high boot, Puglia is often overlooked as a wine-producing region. Yet, this sun-soaked area boasts an ideal environment that makes it the second-largest producer of wine grapes in the country (behind Veneto) and a main grower for olive oil production. Of course, with wine, quantity and quality walk a fine line. In the past, Puglia was marred by bulk grape-juice production used to bolster blends elsewhere. However, with technological advancements, a focus on cutting yields and a renewed interest in local varieties, Puglia is on the rise. It’s even digging its heel into the fine wine category. In the 1980s and early ’90s, the region was swept up in the international grape craze and planted vast amounts of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and others. Producers have since…

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deep roots

On Roanoke Island, in the outer banks of North Carolina, stands the Mother Vine. At more than 400 years old, this Scuppernong, a native Muscadine variety, is said to be the oldest cultivated grapevine in North America. Today the famed vines occupy the front yard of a suburban house, but nearby Duplin Winery developed a vineyard from its cuttings and once used it to produce a single vintage of a sweet Scuppernong wine called The Mother Vine. Duplin, founded in the early 1970s, is North Carolina’s largest winery. It sells 450,000 cases of wine per year, mostly made from Muscadine and other native grapes. Before they reach the Outer Banks, beachgoers who drive along the Caratoke Highway can stop at Sanctuary Vineyards and stock up on superb wines. Seven generations of the…