#137-138: 2011 Wine Outlook Issue

  • Our Forecast of the Year Ahead for Wine in USA Restaurants
  • New Master Sommelier
  • A Look at Germany's VDP, the Oldest Estate Winery Association of its Type in the World
  • Profile: One of the World's Most Ambitious On-Premise Wine Programs
  • 380 Wines Recommended


Below is a summary of Restaurant Wine magazine issue #137-138, published in Nov/Dec & Jan/Feb 2011. This issue is available for purchase online by clicking “Add to Cart” below.

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Featured in This Issue

Our Forecast of the Year Ahead for Wine in USA Restaurants

The situation is looking better in 2011 than it has since 2007. But ‘better’ does not necessarily mean that the ‘good old days’ are going to be returning anytime soon…

New Master Sommelier

We profile the one American to pass the Master Sommelier diploma examination in August, by asking her several questions about her background, current position, and thoughts about various aspects of wine, in order to reveal more about the 16th woman in North America to earn the title…

A Look at Germany’s VDP, the Oldest Estate Winery Association of its Type in the World

No other country in the world has a national organization with such a high percentage of its top estate wineries as members. But the organization is not merely a ‘club’ of estate winery owners; it actively promotes quality and tradition, while setting new standards…

Profile: One of the World’s Most Ambitious On-Premise Wine Programs

This multi-unit, casual-upscale restaurant company is rolling out its winning concept to enthusiastic consumer reviews (same store sales were up 25% in 2010). More to the point, its wine program is one of the cleverest and most ambitious we’ve ever seen — not to mention profitable…

Wine Recommendations

The “best of the best” — 380 top wines are recommended, out of more than 1,000 tasted. Dozens of California wines are featured, including many moderately priced Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Rieslings, Gewurztraminers, and Pinot Noirs from the 2009 vintage. We also offer our picks of the best and best-value 2006, 2007, and 2008 Cabernets, Merlots, Syrahs, Zinfandels, Petite Sirahs, and Pinot Noirs.

In this issue, we include some superb imported wines — the largest range of top imports we have featured in any issue, including Cabernet Sauvignons and Malbecs from Argentina; classic method sparkling wines from Australia and France; Austrian whites; Beaujolais and Cote de Nuits red Burgundy; 2009 German Rieslings from the Rheingau and Mosel; dry and sweet wines from Hungary’s Tokaj region; Italian white and red wines from the Veneto, Tuscany, Campania, and Sicily; and outstanding white and red wines from Portugal’s Douro region.