#152-154: Wines of the World issue

  • Wine On-Premise 2014: What to Do in a Flat Market?
  • Focus on Dry Alsace Riesling
  • Germany’s VDP Introduces an Updated Vineyard Classifications
  • 987 Wines Recommended


Below is a summary of Restaurant Wine issue #152-154, published in November-December 2013, January-April 2014. This issue is available for purchase online by clicking “Add to Cart” below.

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Featured in This Issue

Wine On-Premise 2014: What to Do in a Flat Market?

Wine sales on-premise are in a holding pattern. Even so, there are specific areas in your wine program you can focus upon in order to drive incremental sales and profits—even in a flat market. Here are eight of them.

Focus on Dry Alsace Riesling

One of the world’s great white wine districts, Alsace is especially known for its outstanding dry Rieslings. Here we recommend 24 of them, nearly all from the excellent 2011 vintage.

Germany’s VDP Introduces an Updated Vineyard Classifications

Effective from the 2012 vintage on, this classification is designed to simplify the labeling of German estate wines by reserving single-vineyard names for the best wines from estate members, and labeling wines from lesser vineyards with less specific village, commune, region, or estate names.

Wine Recommendations

An extraordinary range of wines this issue, from California, Washington, Oregon, and New York in the USA, and from 11 other countries. The 987 wines recommended in these three issues represent fewer than 40% of the total wines tasted, including wines from the following producers (among others):


Amici, Artezin, Ballentine, Beringer, Blackbird, Buty, Casey Flat, Chalone, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Claiborne & Churchill, Cobb, Conn Creek, Corison, Corley, Cornerstone, Crocker & Starr, Duckhorn, Firestone, Foley-Johnson, Folie a Deux, Greg Norman, Grgich Hills, Handley, Hess Collection, J. Lohr, J Vineyard, Jekel, Konstantin Frank, Kuleto, MacMurray Ranch, MacPhail, Merry Edwards, Michelle-Loosen, Monticello, Northstar, Patz & Hall, Pedroncelli, Provenance, Quivira, Ramey, Schug, Scott Family, Sebastiani, Silverado, St. Supery, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Sterling, Tablas Creek, Terra d’Oro, Three Rivers, Trefethen, Trinchero, Ventana, Whitehall Lane, William Hill, Wrath, etc.

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain

Highlights include: * Top value wines from Argentina (Malbec. Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Torrontes); Australia (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon blends, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Viognier), Chile (Carmenere), South Africa (Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc) * Outstanding Champagnes * Exceptional 2011 Alsace Rieslings * 250 recommended German Rieslings from the excellent 2012 vintage (100 dry, 150 fruity and sweet), including wines from 49 VDP estates * Superb Lembergers, Pinot Noirs, Sylvaners from top German estates * Great Soave values from 2011 and 2012 * Magnificent red wines from Montefalco (Montefalco Rosso and Montefalco Sagrantino) * Remakable Barolos and Barbarescos from 2009 and 2010 * Great Douro 2012 white and 2011 red wines—among the best ever produced * Splendid 30 year old Sherries