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Wine Enthusiast • VOLUME 33, NUMBER 8
IN THIS ISSUE: EVERYDAY EXCELLENCE • Our Top 100 Best Buys list showcases the sweet spot of quality and great price.
Winemag.com: Package Deal • Our November value issue showcases producers that make quality drinks accessible. And while this month’s cover story, the Top 100 Best Buys of 2020, is about those who do so via price tag, others turn to packaging. Whether craft cocktails in cans or boxed wines that can stand toe to toe with those in bottles, these are some W.E. favorites.
VIN SESSION AT HOME • A new fleet of low-cost and free wine courses is helping to make a proper education more accessible to all. Turn the page to read about four of these programs that you can take part in without even leaving home.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: PUMPKIN TO TALK ABOUT • Madras curry powder adds depth to this seasonal soup.
GRAPE ON THE GO: MOURVÈDRE ON THE MOVE • This thick-skinned red grape has grown a global reputation.
Q&A: FINE WINE IS EVERYTHING • Alex Gaskarth, vocalist for the band All Time Low, opens up about the connection between wine, the world stage and the band’s new rosé.
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: REDUCE, REUSE, RIESLING • This low-waste cocktail gives new life to limes and white wine.
AIMING LOW • In an era when some call for a decrease in alcohol consumption overall, less is proving to be more for American wines.
IT TAKES A VINOUS VILLAGE • These four winegrower cooperatives have played a historically pivotal role in regional wine production.
PAIROLOGY: SPROUT FOR JOY • What a triumphant trajectory humble Brussels sprouts have had. Once widely mocked and feared by children everywhere, Brussels sprouts are now extraordinarily popular, both in innovative restaurant dishes and as an essential part of any festive winter feast. Named for the Belgian capital, Brussels sprouts are members of the genus Brassica, which includes cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower and turnips. All are typically considered difficult to pair with wine, but there are several directions to go with these buds of pleasure.
SHOW US THE PROOF • American distillers have begun to look beyond water to lower the alcohol levels of spirits.
TOUR DE CAB FRANC • Increasingly popular among winemakers along the East Coast of the U.S., this grape has begun to blaze its own tasting trail.
VIEWPOINT: WHY WINE SCORES STILL MATTER • Scores shouldn’t be viewed as any wine’s definitive verdict, but considered an informed, valuable resource.
TOP 100 BEST BUYS 2020 • Our favorite wines for $15 or less.
BEAUJOLAIS TWO WAYS • Between Burgundian-style bottles and semicarbonic sippers, there’s great wine and value in the region’s dual methods.
ENGLAND BUBBLES OVER • Cool Britannia, once considered too much so for winegrowing, now produces high-quality, well-priced sparkling wines.
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF SICILY • Made with native grapes, the Italian island’s vibrant, elegant, dry white wines shine bright.
OREGON FOR ALL • Under-$25 bottles of the state’s highly sought-after Pinot Noir put it in easy reach.
SWEET DREAMS • Cream liqueurs are all grown up and now available in an array of styles to enhance your evening.
KILLER BISTRO • These classic dishes will tide you over until your next French...