#175-177: New Master Sommeliers Issue

  • Special Report: Conversations with Eight New Master Sommeliers
  • Best New Releases from the Pacific Coast
  • Focus on Franciacorta
  • 400+ International Wine Recommendations


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Special Report: Conversations with Eight New Master Sommeliers

In October, eight wine professionals — out of 58 who attempted — passed the Master Sommelier diploma examination at the Four Seasons Resort, St. Louis, Missouri. All work in the USA, except for Jonathan Ross, who took a position this year in Melbourne, Australia. Six of the eight Masters currently work in the hospitality industry; one works in importing; and one in online wine retailing.

* James Bube MS, Frederick Wildman & Sons Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois
* Rebecca Fineman MS, High Treason, San Francisco, California
* Jeremiah Morehouse MS, Restaurant Gary Danko, San Francisco, California
* Joshua Nadel MS, NoHo Hospitality, New York, New York
* Aaron Patrick MS, The Club at Wingtip, San Francisco, California
* Jackson Rohrbaugh MS, Canlis, Seattle, Washington
* Jonathan Ross MS, The Lucas Group, Melbourne, Australia
* David Yoshida MS, Pollux Wine, Berkeley, California.

Best New Releases from the Pacific Coast

More than 325 recommendations, with a focus on Pinot Noirs (2014, 2015), Cabernet Sauvignons and blends (2013, 2014), Chardonnays (2014, 2015), and Petite Sirahs, (2014). Producers include Alquimista, Amici, Anaba, Ancien, Beringer, Bouchaine, Cambria, Columbia, Corley, Dutton-Goldfield, Fort Ross, Gallo, Grgich, Hyde & Sons, Kanzler, Kosta Browne, La Follette, Lazy Creek, Mirror, Morgan, Stanton, Ste. Michelle, Steven Kent, Thomas-His, Three Sticks, Trinchero, WesMar, and more.

Focus on Franciacorta

In the five years since our last report on the sparkling wines of Franciacorta, significant progress has been made — and the results are compelling: the best Franciacortas we have ever tasted. 50 wines are recommended, from a dozen producers, including Barone Pizzini, Bonfadini, Corte Fusia, Lantieri, and Majolini.

400+ International Wine Recommendations

Argentina — splendid Malbecs, Cabernets, & red blends
Australia — superb Shirazs (including old vine), Cabernets, Chardonnays — and Grenache
Austria — outstanding Gruner Veltliner & Riesling
Chile — impressive Cabernet Franc, Carmernere, and old vine Riesling
France — top Corsica roses, outstanding reds from the South
Italy — great white & red Montefalcos; dozens of top Chianti Classicos; outstanding white & red wines from southern Italy; top Barolos, Dolcettos, Barberas, Arneis
New Zealand — exceptional Pinot Noirs, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose
Portugal — remarkable new Douro red
South Africa — first rate Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinotage
Spain — terrific Tempranillos from Rioja