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Wine Enthusiast • VOLUME 32, NUMBER 12
EDITORS' LETTER: THE TOP 10 WINE STORIES OF 2019 • Our review of the news and trends that impacted the wine world this year.
WINEMAG.COM: BEST OF BASICS • Brush up on the ABCs of wine at winemag.com/winebasics
OUT & ABOUT: SIPS AND SNAPS AROUND THE GLOBE
GLITZ & FIZZ • As we toast the year that was and reflect on the best wine, beer and spirits we’ve had over the last 12 months (page 46), it’s a good time to look back even further. Before you pop your New Year’s bottle of bubbly, turn the page to learn more about sparkling wine’s place in history.
ZERO-ABV HEROES • The new wave of alcohol-free beers is so good you won’t know what you’re missing.
GRAPE ON THE GO: ITALY’S STAR GRAPE GOES GLOBAL • The most widely planted variety from the boot gets a fresh start abroad.
VARIETY SHOW • Vermouth labels call out grapes to highlight nuance and quality.
DESTINATION: TURKU, FINLAND • Wine meets design in this charming old city.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: MAD FOR MARSALA • Let Sicily’s great fortified wine supply the flavor in this deceptively simple recipe.
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: JEWEL OF A JULEP • This low-alcohol variation achieves the perfect balance of fruit and herb.
CAVIAR DREAMS • Look beyond Champagne when pairing these luxurious little pearls.
Q&A: POURS AND POWER SLAMS WITH LEAH VAN DALE • Wrestler Leah Van Dale talks about creating wines to sip outside the ring.
PAIROLOGY: GO FOR GOUDA
USE YOUR MELON (LIQUEUR) • A new wave of drinks proves the notorious green, fruit-forward liqueur is more than a flavor of the week.
VIEWPOINT: BROADEN YOUR WINE HORIZONS • To truly know and explore the wondrous world of wine, it’s important not to get too attached to your favorites.
THE ENTHUSIAST 1OO OF 2019 • THE BEST WINES OF THE YEAR
CHILE’S HERITAGE WINERIES • With more than 100 years of history behind them, these iconic producers showcase the country’s rich vinous legacy.
TOP 1OO SPIRITS OF 2019 • We have you covered with this year's top reviewed pours.
WALLA WALLA VALLEY 3.0 • A new era dawns on Washington’s premier wine region.
TOP 25 BEERS OF 2019 • Celebrating the best brews reviewed this year.
WACHAU’S WONDEROUS SINGLE VINEYARDS • Discover five of the Austrian region’s most prominent sites and the world-class wines they produce.
WINE ENTHUSIAST WINE STAR AWARDS 2019
MARTINI DREAMS • Learn this cocktail’s story and how to make your own.
PIZZA PARTY • Ditch the cardboard boxes and create a celebratory affair with plenty of wine to pair.
PORTUGAL • Port’s stellar 2017 vintage
ALSACE • SPARKLING WINES
RHÔNE VALLEY • WHITE WINES
SPIRITS • The single-malt Scotch paradox
BEER • The season for stouts
LAST DROP: HOMECOMING • In a life spent on the move, Contributing Editor Anne Krebiehl, MW, always finds belonging in her glass.