In the Oct. 31, 2014 Issue


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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Cover Story

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

    Profiles of Leading Producers - Wineries both large and small are defining the taste of Sicily and setting new standards for quality across the island 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


    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 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.






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    James Laube - Screaming Eagle and Two-Buck Chuck In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

    A Perfect Match

The Buying Guide

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NEW ON WINE SPECTATOR VIDEO Tune in each week for a new video. Don't miss these recent additions:

  • Rioja Rules: Executive editor Thomas Matthews talks Rioja style with Victor Urrutia of CVNE, whose 2004 Imperial Gran Reserva became Wine Spectator's Wine of the Year, Spain's first, in 2013.
  • A Passion for Mencía: After helping elevate Priorat to one of Spain's top wine regions, winemaker Álvaro Palacios headed for Bierzo, a nearly forgotten area in northwest Spain, where he makes brilliant wines from the Mencía grape.
  • New Zealand's Rising Reds: While the country is known for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Syrah are on the rise, from the stony soils of Gimblett Gravels in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island. Get to know the wines and region with Craggy Range's director of winemaking, Steve Smith.

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