In the Oct 31, 2014 Issue:
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Sicily, Italy’s largest and most southerly island, is a place of many distinctions. Its wines, climate and geography, its people and more. Yet these diverse strands weave an alluring tapestry, and help make Sicily one of Italy’s most exciting wine regions today.
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Sicily’s Wine Renaissance – A combination of local culture and modern innovation is transforming the Mediterranean’s largest island into a winemaking hot spot. From Mount Etna’s elegant reds based on the native Nerello Mascalese grape to crowd-pleasing Chardonnays, diversity and quality abound
FREE: Sicily Alphabetical Listing – More than 330 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.
Recommended Sicilian Wines – 80 wines that deliver the flavors of Sicily
Profiles of Leading Producers – Wineries both large and small are defining the taste of Sicily and setting new standards for quality across the island
WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO Sicily’s Local Reds: Get the inside scoop on this Italian island’s indigenous varieties as senior editor Alison Napjus tastes wines made from Nero d’Avola and Frappato with Francesca Planeta.
- Tasting Reports
Tuscan Triumphs – Trailblazing super Tuscans and traditional Sangiovese lead the way
FREE: Tuscany Alphabetical Listing – More than 800 wines were reviewed for this report. A free alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.
Challenges in the Loire – Unfavorable weather in 2012 leads to a mixed bag of quality
FREE: Loire Valley Alphabetical Listing – More than 600 wines were reviewed for this report. Afree alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.
Masters of the Mosel – Brothers Thomas and Oliver Haag craft distinctive German Rieslings at their neighboring estates
Loyal to Lirac – Château de Montfaucon’s Rodolphe de Pins sheds light on an unsung corner of the Southern Rhône
Italy’s Green Heart – Long overlooked, Umbria is gaining recognition with characterful reds and whites
WineSpectator.com: Letter from Europe: Contributing editor Robert Camuto blogs from his trips through France, Italy and beyond, sharing the fascinating and inspiring stories of the winemakers, grapegrowers, chefs and other personalities who shape wine culture.
Earthquake Rumbles Napa Valley – With harvest just days away, vintners assessed damage and began cleaning up
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In Memoriam – Baroness Philippine de Rothschild
Sicilian Chef Pino Cuttaia – Pino Cuttaia cooks his way to the top of Italian gastronomy by sticking to his roots
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- Things We Like
Super Tuscan Flaccianello – The super Tuscan evolves over 26 vintages
- This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken
This Issue – Marvin R. Shanken
- Savvy Shopper
James Laube – Screaming Eagle and Two-Buck Chuck
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Matt Kramer – Cynics of site specificity
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- A Perfect Match
Mimmo Ferraro’s Veal Scaloppine, Fried Egg and Fresh Truffles with Barbaresco – Chef Mimmo Ferraro, Ferraro’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, Las Vegas
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