#139-140: International Wine Issue

  • Notebook: Prosecco Goes Mainstream
  • Profile: This Canadian Sports Venture is a Wine Watershed
  • New Master Sommeliers
  • Special Report: Portuguese Wines on the Upswing
  • 513 Wines Recommended


Below is a summary of Restaurant Wine magazine issue #139-140, published in Sept/Oct & Nov/Dec 2011. This issue is available for purchase online by clicking “Add to Cart” below.

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Featured in This Issue

Notebook: Prosecco Goes Mainstream

Why has this Italian sparkling wine become so popular on-premise — and now gone ‘mainstream’? We offer 8 reasons that are likely to encourage even further growth on-premise. Also: a look at Prosecco’s updated appellation of origin laws.

Profile: This Canadian Sports Venture is a Wine Watershed

It operates several restaurants and private clubs, employs a formidable team of sommeliers, and may reach $10 million in wine sales in 2011. Who said that wine and professional sports don’t mix? Here, they do.

New Master Sommeliers

We profile four Americans and one Canadian who passed the Master Sommelier diploma examination in early 2011. It is a colorful, important new ‘crop’ of professionals, who will help influence the wine industry in North America and abroad for years to come.

Special Report: Portuguese Wines on the Upswing

A rising star among European producers, Portugal is producing ever-better wines at extremely affordable prices. From our extensive tasting, we single out 1 rose, 21 whites, and 61 reds that represent the ‘contemporary’ face of Portuguese wines — most of them moderately priced (under $160/ case wholesale).

Wine Recommendations

Our broadest range of top recommended wines ever: 513 wines (out of more than 1,000 tasted), all representing very good to exceptional value for money.

From the USA (California), we have uncovered: terrific classic method sparkling wine; outstanding 2008 and 2009 Chardonnays; first rate Sauvignon Blancs (2009, 2010); delicious Pinot Gris; remarkable 2007 and 2008 Cabernet Sauvignons; Merlots not to be missed; and dozens of Pinot Noirs from the outstanding 2009 vintage. As well as Sangioveses, Syrahs, and Zinfandels.

Imported wines include exceptional values — all 5 star wines — from Argentina (Chardonnay, Torrontes, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon); Australia (Cabernet Sauvignon); Chile (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah); France (Champagne, Burgundy [including Beaujolais], Rhone Valley, Languedoc); Germany (2007, 2008 & 2009 Rieslings); Italy (Prosecco, Metodo Classico sparkling wine; whites from Alto Adige, Collio, Marches, Piedmont; roses from Tuscany; reds from Piedmont, Tuscany). There are also beautiful whites and reds from New Zealand and splendid reds from Spain — with many more to come, in our next issue.