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Wine Enthusiast • VOLUME 34, NUMBER 1
IN THIS ISSUE: WINE’S AWAKENING • Living in a world that changes daily, we remain optimistic in the positive evolution happening today.
WINEMAG.COM: CARING FOR WINE COUNTRY'S MENTAL HEALTH
NEVERTHELESS, SHE PRESSED • Female winemakers may have made a lot of headway in an industry that’s been historically dominated by men at every level, but equal representation and treatment across the business still have a long way to go. Turn the page for a wide-lens look at how some challenges faced by women in wine have and have not changed in the last few decades.
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: FROM SCRIPT TO SIP • Peppery vodka and strawberry syrup add a plot twist to this cinema-inspired drink.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: SIMMER SAVORY • Satisfyingly rich doro wat will help you wait out warm weather.
BUILDING EQUITY OUT WEST • Establishing a new winery is a difficult and expensive undertaking for anyone. But hindered by bias and underrepresentation, BIPOC individuals just getting started in America’s wine industry have historically dealt with even greater challenges finding funding and support. Up against counterparts with multigenerational connections, those trying to break ground in coveted California have faced even more rigorous demands. Here’s how a few navigate these obstacles.
PAIROLOGY: CAULIFLOWER POWER • Mark Twain once described cauliflower as “nothing but cabbage with a college education.” Well, what’s so wrong with that? While it does belong to the Brassica genus alongside vegetables like cabbage, turnip and broccoli that are often characterized by somewhat pungent aromas and bitter flavors, cauliflower is like the category’s sophisticated, dynamic leader. Its delicacy has made it a favorite of chefs, while its toothsome texture and amenable neutral flavor please even the vegetable-averse. In turn, cauliflower’s multifaceted nature is easily complemented by a range of wines.
TREK IT OUT • Though the majority of Chile’s winegrowing regions are in the country’s temperate central zones, its winemakers seek raw nature to the south. Boasting a diversity of environments and hailed as the adventure travel capital of Chile, Patagonia is an outdoor lover’s dream. Its many hiking trails highlight the area’s famous mountains, glaciers, forests and grasslands, and stretch from the northern Lakes District all the way down to Cape Horn at the southernmost tip. Here, some of the country’s more intrepid winemakers sound off on their favorite natural places to explore.
SAFETY FIRST • Some measures that wineries put in place to protect workers during the pandemic will outlast Covid-19.
AN APPEALING POUR • No, it’s not orange wine.
Q&A: DREW BLEDSOE SAYS PLAY HARD, WINE EASY • Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe chats about his newest label, how he learned to love Syrah and the possibility of “BBQ Pinot.”
DRY SEASON • The most surprising spirit you try this year might not be a spirit at all.
VIEWPOINT: GROWING VISIBILITY • Exploring vineyards and talking to viticulturists can help wine lovers understand the ravages of climate change—and the steps being taken to stop it.
WINERIES ON THE EDGE • Once too cold, too high or too extreme for viticulture, these are the parts of the world attracting investors who are serious about the future of wine.
THE UNITED STATES OF MERLOT • Once...