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Wine Enthusiast • VOLUME 34, NUMBER 4
IN THIS ISSUE: LEADING THE WAY • California continues to innovate, inspire and enliven the palates of wine drinkers worldwide.
WINEMAG.COM: BEER AND WINE? IN CALIFORNIA, IT'S ALL NATURAL
OFF-ROAD TO EL DORADO • Discover where the California county’s intrepid vintners find adventure.
ROSY PERSPECTIVE • Fortified rosés bridge the gap between sweet and bright.
AN OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT
PAIROLOGY: ARTICHOKE MATCH UP
Q&A: THEATER FLIGHTS • Writer and producer Arvind Ethan David sounds off on Broadway’s 2020 shutdown and the formation of Broadway Wine Club.
BESSON GRENACHE GROWS OLD
CALIFORNIA ON THE MOVE • These beverages make it easy to take the taste of the Golden State wherever you go.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: KEEN ON KINILAW • Pair Gewürztraminer with ginger in this bright shrimp dish.
GET OUT TO DRINK IN SONOMA COUNTY • From picnicking and hiking to strolling around a farm, a range of experiences that encourage you to get out in the fresh air has long been offered alongside the tastings at Sonoma’s wineries and vineyards. Ahead, explore some of the best ways to spend your day in the California sun.
LEBANON’S GRAPE REVIVAL • Producers here look to the past to redefine the country’s vinous future.
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH: AWASH IN ARAK • Try this revamped version of the Sazerac.
VIEWPOINT: IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS • Why it’s beyond time to ditch the heavyweight bottles and opt instead for more responsible packaging options.
THE L.A. REVOLUTION • Los Angeles was California’s first wine country before urban sprawl took over. A new wave of vintners is promoting that forgotten past.
THE WHITE WINES OF PASO ROBLES • Light, bright bottlings are a refreshing counterpoint to the California region’s big reds.
BEYOND NAPA CABERNET • AS CLIMATE CHANGE CONTINUES AND WORSENS, WINEMAKERS LOOK AT OTHER GRAPES TO SUPPLEMENT THIS CLASSIC POWERHOUSE.
GROWING SYSTEM • California just approved an appellation system for cannabis. To determine how regions will be delimited, growers turn to the experts: winemakers.
ROCK-STAR WINEMAKERS OF ARGENTINA • These dynamic, charismatic personalities draw on their pasts to shape the country’s vinous present and future.
COMING UP ROSÉS • Still the official wine of summer, pink pours from Provence continue to evolve.
A TOAST TO SUMMER
WISH THEY ALL COULD BE CALIFORNIA GRILLS • Channel the good vibrations of the West Coast with these grilled recipes and wine pairings.
CALIFORNIA • The many faces of Central Coast Pinot Noir
The Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide
PORTUGAL • WHITE WINES
SPAIN • RED WINES
RHÔNE VALLEY • RED WINES
PROVENCE • ROSÉS
SPIRITS • New Bourbons to discover
BEER • Saisons for summer
LAST DROP: POUR PLANNING • Senior Associate Editor Sarah E. Daniels remembers to loosen up about the wines she opens up.