#155-157: New Master Sommeliers Issue

  • Vintage 2014 Master Sommeliers
  • The Golden Age of California Pinot Noir
  • 707 Wines Recommended


Below is a summary of issue #155-157, published in May-June, July-Aug., Sept.-Oct. 2014. This issue is available for purchase online by clicking “Add to Cart” below.

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Featured in This Issue

Vintage 2014 Master Sommeliers

We profile all five individuals who passed the Master Sommelier diploma examination in May 2014 in Colorado: Alexander LaPratt, Atrium DUMBO; Pascaline Lepeltier, Rouge Tomate; Andrew Myers, CityZen; Jarad Slipp, RdV Vineyards; Lindsey Whipple, Vegas Vine.

It is not only where they now work and what they do that is so interesting, but also what they think and how they view their roles as mentors, advocates, and professionals — thereby providing insights into where and how they will help lead the industry in the years ahead.

The Golden Age of California Pinot Noir

Time to give credit where credit is due: Pinot Noir in California is as good as its Cabernet Sauvignon, a stature made clear by the number of outstanding Pinot Noirs being produced from Mendocino to Santa Barbara, especially in the outstanding 2012 vintage. (In this issue, we recommend 81 2012s, out of 175 tasted.)

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 707 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, Continuum, Corison, Cornerstone, Cuvaison, Dry Creek, Duckhorn, Edge, Edmeades, Enroute, Ferrari-Carano, Firestone, Foley, Folie a Deux, Fort Ross, Frisson, Frog’s Leap, Fuse, Gary Farrell, Goldeneye, Geyser Peak, Grgich Hills, Handley, HDV, Hendry, Hess Collection, J Vineyards, J. Lohr, J Vineyard, Jekel, Joel Gott, Jordan, Joseph Phelps, Kosta Browne, La Rochelle, Lafond, Lail, Lancaster, MacPhail, MacRostie, Maisonry, McGah, Merryvale, Milbrandt, Montevina, Oakville East, Oakville Ranch, Patz & Hall, Paul Lato, Pavi, Quilceda Creek, Quintessa, Ramey, Red Car, Robert Mondavi, Rocca, Roth, Rutherford Ranch, Saint Helena Winery, Sebastiani, Signorello, Silverado, St. Supery, Steven Kent, Swanson, Tablas Creek, Talbott, Tablas Creek, Terra d’Oro, Terra Valentine, Trefethen, Trinchero, Truchard, Ventana, Verite, Vine Cliff, ZD, etc.

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

Highlights include:

Argentina: Outstanding 2011 & 2012 Malbecs
Australia: Remarkable wines from Clare Valley
Chile: Casablanca & Colchagua values
Germany: Superb 2012 Mosel Rieslings
Italy: Fine Franciacorta sparklers
Other Gems from France, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay