#187-189: Master Sommelier Issue

  • 2020 On-Premise Wine Forecast
  • Conversations with four new Master Sommeliers
  • Focus on Montefalco
  • Special Report: 2016 Red Bordeaux – A Very Fine Vintage
  • 800 Wines from 11 Countries Reviewed


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Featured in This Issue

2020 On-Premise Wine Forecast

Conversations with four new Master Sommeliers:

  • Mariya Kovacheva, MS, Pernod Ricard
  • Justin Moore, MS, Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas
  • Joshua Orr, MS, Broadbent Selections
  • Jill Zimorski, MS, Strategic Group, Chicago, Illinois

Focus on Montefalco:

An Italian wine region on the move. Best new release white and red wines from top producers, from Arnaldo Caprai to Scacciadiavoli, and from Montefalco white to Sagrantino Passito…

Special Report:
2016 Red Bordeaux – A Very Fine Vintage:

2016 red Bordeaux are excellent—even great, especially from the top Haut-Medoc and Graves producers—showing considerable refinement and finesse. Most are approachable even now, due to their fruit intensity and refreshing acid levels. But as with wines from other Bordeaux vintages that were very showy early in their lives, the 2016s have the tannin structure to carry them for many more years, even decades…

A Selection of Highly Recommended Current Release Wines:
800 Wines from 11 Countries Reviewed


  • Gems from Russian River Valley (Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Zinfandels)
  • Outstanding 2016 Cabernet Sauvignons/blends from Napa Valley & Washington State
  • Top Merlots, Rhone-Style Blends, and Syrahs

Other Highlights:

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

  • Top Malbecs & other reds from Argentina
  • Old vine Shirazs from Australia
  • Remarkable Barolos & Barbarescos from Piedmont
  • Other outstanding red wines from Italy
  • Splendid red wines from New Zealand (Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, Merlot-blends)
  • Fine white & red wines from the Douro
  • Terrific South African Pinot Noirs & Chardonnays
  • Remarkable red wine values from Spain