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Wine Enthusiast • VOLUME 34, NUMBER 2
IN THIS ISSUE: WINE’S CLEVER CHAMELEON • Chardonnay is in for the long haul.
2021 WINE STAR AWARDS • Wine Star Awards celebrate community and creativity in groundbreaking virtual gala.
LIQUID GOLD • The Chardonnay Issue explores top regions for the grape, from Burgundy to Sonoma. But what do wines made from it look and taste like? Well, it’s complicated. Turn the page to get a sense of this chameleon’s many shades.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: GOOD GREEN FUN • This pasta recipe is spring loaded with seasonal vegetables.
FLIGHT SCHOOL: AUSTRALIA ON CHARD • Discover the array of Chardonnay made down under.
PAIROLOGY: WHAT ABOUT WALNUTS?
VEGETATION PERSUASION • Explore the ecosystems that inspire three common wine descriptors.
Q&A: BRANDI CARLILE'S PARTY OF WINE • Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and the cofounders of XOBC Cellars open up about the ethos that guides their wine club.
HOPEFUL CHARDONEL • Now grown along the East Coast, across the Midwest and down to Arkansas, this hybrid grape variety is snapping up more and more of the America’s acreage. Here’s what you need to know.
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: VIVA LAS VEGAS • This bubbly, low-alcohol riff on a classic Americano comes courtesy of Brian Bartels, owner of Settle Down Tavern in Madison, Wisconsin and author of The United States of Cocktails, which recounts drinking traditions from every corner of the nation. For Nevada, Bartels focused on the legacy of Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas performances. While some might expect this drink to be “all shook up,” it doesn’t require a shaker at all. Rather, it’s built directly in the glass and garnished with a duo of colorful peels. Bartels’ advice: “Double down. You’re in Vegas, baby!”
CHARDONNAY WITH A VIEW • One of the most planted varieties in the world, Chard takes root in vineyards with breathtaking vistas from Australia to Italy. To help transport you while you sip, we rounded up some of the most beautiful Chardonnay-growing regions around the globe. Why not pour yourself a glass and take it all in?
GIN FROM THE VIN • This spirit may become your second favorite thing made from grapes.
VIEWPOINT: EXPENSIVE ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER • A spirit’s price tag doesn’t always indicate quality.
SONOMA CHARDONNAY COMES ALIVE • Patient and tenacious winemakers who stood by the grape are seeing the fruits of their labor.
HEAVEN & EARTH IN SOUTH AFRICA • The distinguished wines of Hemel-en-Aarde share the celestial beauty of this South African wine region.
THE VILLAGES OF CHIANTI CLASSICO • Learn about eight distinct subregions to navigate this large, diverse appellation.
NAVIGATING THE NÉGOCIANTS • Learn about these grower-sellers to get a better understanding of Burgundy.
REIMAGINING WOODINVILLE • The epicenter of western Washington wine is evolving.
BAR NONE • Learn to recreate the best crunchy, salty and craveable snacks and drink pairings from beloved watering holes across the country.
ARGENTINA • Time to stock up
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