In the Jan. 31, 1996 Issue

1995 Yearbook

Features

In Good Spirits: All you ever wanted to know about top-of-the-line Bourbon, Scotch, vodka, gin and Cognac

When It's Good to Have Picky Friends

Tops in Texas: After an 18-month hiatus, Tony's in Houston has reopened with old favorites and modern touches

Tasting Tawny Port: Challenging to make, wonderful to drink after the meal

Don't Forget 1993 Bordeaux: A good year for Bordeaux, especially in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, and not too expensive

Harvest Report: First Look at 1995 Vintage

South Africa: Revolutionary changes in government are reflected in dramatically good new wines

Tuscany: A scattering of unimpressive vintages is redeemed by superb Brunello di Montalcino

Australia: Shiraz, Chardonnay and now Cabernet are exploding onto the American scene

California Cabernet Sauvignon: The Fishing is Very Good, With Three Fine Vintages Waiting To Be Caught

California Sauvignon Blanc: Better-balance means good wines at reasonable prices from all over the state

Red Burgundy: The best winemakers showed their skill by outwitting Mother Nature in 1993

California Zinfandel: A surprisingly good 1993 vintage yielded pure, balanced wines and new entries

Vintage Port: The most aristocratic Ports are back in a big way, with great wines from '91 and '92

Piedmont: Fruity Dolcetto and hearty Barbera fill in for Barolo and Barbaresco

Spain: An outstanding Year for red wines from Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorato

South America: A horse race for high quality in Chile and a champion from Argentina

Washington & Oregon: Small volume equals high quality in Washington; Pinot Noir is Oregon's leader

White Burgundy: The two current vintages are good, but we prefer ripe-tasting 1994s over 1993s

California Chardonnay: Great choices from three vintages--1992, 1993 and 1994--make the shopping easy

California Merlot: With the supple 1992 vintage to buy, and new stars to watch, it was a good year

Rhone Valley: As the home for hearty reds endures so-so vintages, look for values, not collectibles

California Pinot Noir: 1993 was good, not great, but be ready for better 1994s coming early this year

Bordeaux: 1992 offered little to cheer about, making the soon-to-arrive 1993s look good

News

Grapevine

In a Man's World, Colorado Woman Earns Coveted Master Sommelier Title

First Nichols Pinot Noir Rates Outstanding

Famed Los Angeles Chef Joachim Splichal To Open Napa Valley Restaurant

Mondavi to Roll Out New Zinfandel And Pinot Noir

Lost and Found: A California Souzao

Prices Rise Almost 8 Percent at Bellwether Burgundy Sale

Columns

Moone Walk II

Pull Those Corks

The Choice \(But Cheap\) Picks for '96

Auctions

Bordeaux triumphs at Butterfield auction in California

Morrell & Co. grosses $700,000 in sale built for speed

Coasting Into History

Other

Praising Braising - Warm up your winter kitchen with a leisurely dinner and its matching wines

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

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