Wine Enthusiast Magazine November 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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United States
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Wine Enthusiast
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13 Issues

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wine enthusiast

Jacqueline Strum EDITOR & PUBLISHER MANAGING EDITOR Lauren Buzzeo TASTING DIRECTOR Alexander Peartree CREATIVE DIRECTOR Marco Turelli DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR Julia Lea EDITORIAL ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR Layla Schlack TASTING ASSISTANT TASTING DIRECTOR Fiona Adams TASTING COORDINATORS Craig Chamberlain, William Johnson ASSISTANT TASTING COORDINATOR Cody Wexler DIGITAL ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR Emily Saladino SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR Dylan Garret DIGITAL EDITOR Kristen Richard ASSISTANT DIGITAL EDITOR J’nai Gaither SOCIAL SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER Elyse Estrella SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Marco Bruno DESIGN ART DIRECTOR Monica Simon DIGITAL DESIGNER Eric DeFreitas VISUALS PRODUCER Jesse Reiter ASSOCIATE PHOTO PRODUCER Tom Arena CONTRIBUTING EDITORS EUROPEAN EDITOR Roger Voss ITALIAN EDITOR Kerin O’Keefe WINE Virginie Boone, Mike DeSimone, Jim Gordon, Paul Gregutt, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Jeff Jenssen, Matt Kettmann, Christina Pickard, Michael Schachner, Sean P. Sullivan SPIRITS Kara Newman BEER John Holl FOOD Nils Bernstein TRAVEL Lauren Mowery EDITORIAL OFFICES HEADQUARTERS 200 Summit Lake Drive Valhalla, NY 10595 TEL: 914.345.9463 editor@wineenthusiast.net CALIFORNIA Virginie Boone vboone@wineenthusiast.net; Jim Gordon jgordon@wineenthusiast.net; Matt Kettmann mkettmann@wineenthusiast.net EUROPE Roger Voss rvoss@wineenthusiast.net ITALY Kerin O’Keefe kokeefe@wineenthusiast.net PACIFIC NORTHWEST Paul Gregutt…

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in this issue: the value of a great value

We all know that the most expensive wine isn’t always the best, but we continue to be impressed by just how many wonderful bottles are available at value prices. Better still, there’s a huge range of styles available for $15 or under, from California red blends to New Zealand’s signature style of Sauvignon Blanc. The selections are also pouring in from France, Italy, Spain, as well as Hungary and Bulgaria. For us, the importance of this list isn’t just that it’s easy on our wallets—although we definitely appreciate that. The breadth of beautiful and affordable offerings makes wine that much more accessible. The breadth of beautiful and affordable offerings makes wine that much more accessible. When exploring a new passion, not everyone can or wants to drop serious cash. But $11 here or…

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winemag.com: cheesy on the wallet

Whenever possible, cheesemongers recommend that people shop for cheese at independent, cut-to-order stores. Cheese is a living thing, and its flavor and texture journeys don’t end when it reaches the counter. But, like us, cheesemongers also shop at grocery stores. “Sometimes you just need cheese and you don’t want to interact with any humans,” says Emma Harvey, lead cheesemonger at Salt & Bubbles Wine Bar and Market in Essex Junction, Vermont. “When that’s my mood, I skip on over to the grocery store for some uninterrupted cheese hunting.” Many grocery chains, like Whole Foods or some Kroger locations, now have dedicated cheesemongers. But any shop that cuts to order is best for those on a budget. You can buy smaller pieces, with the minimum order generally around a quarter-pound. The selection will often…

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value in store

SHELF TALK Whatever your budget, value is important. But it’s not always easy to tell which wines on the shelf offer bang for your buck. “There’s expensive, and then there’s expensive,” says Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible and editor of WineSpeed. Even expensive wines have better-value alternatives. One trick is to determine what’s enjoyable about a wine and find lesser-known regions or brands that offer it. We talked to the pros about the cost of a bottle, and how to find those value-oriented wines that will match your taste. WHY ARE SOME WINES SO EXPENSIVE? The cost of a bottle of wine is often associated with the price of vineyard land and production. As MacNeil points out, “vineyards are a limited resource; great vineyards are precious and expensive.” Add to that talented, experienced…

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empire state of rye

About six years ago, a group of New York craft distillers began a project to draw attention to their state’s unique rye whiskey tradition. Today, the initial group of six has grown to around 20 producers who are committed to the Empire Rye designation. New York Distilling Company, Kings County Distillery, Finger Lakes Distilling, Coppersea Distillery, Tuthilltown Spirits and Black Button Distilling set out to make a version of rye that would carry the Empire Rye name and seal of authenticity. The rule was simple—each distillery could produce its own version of Empire Rye that abided by four rules aligning with the state’s Farm Distillery License: ♦ 75% of the grain must be grown in New York State♦ Distilled to no more than 160 proof♦ Aged for a minimum of two years…

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sparkling personalities

California’s iconic sparkling wine houses like Schramsberg, Roederer and Chandon have long followed the gospel of Champagne, not only using méthode traditionelle, but also turning to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as their primary grapes. A wave of boutique producers in the state are looking to burst this bubble by experimenting with alternative varieties in sparkling wine. Some are drawing inspiration from abroad, like the Loire Valley’s sparkling Chenin Blancs or Germany’s Riesling-based sekt. For others, it’s a matter of practicality: Less popular grapes are more affordable, which translates to a more approachable price point for consumers. “It can be bubbles just because” says Alex Pitts, cofounder of Maître de Chai Wine in Berkeley. “That was very important to us, breaking down the stigma of sparkling wine needing to be saved for an anniversary…

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