Just 90 minutes south of my home in the San Francisco Bay Area is delightful Monterey County, a place where my love for wine and golf converge. This region is not only home to the renowned 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach golf course, and the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea but also stands as a symbol of the quintessential California wine escape. Its varied climates and terrains have cultivated a rich viticultural history, with Chardonnay being a flagship produce.
Don’t miss the chance to discover the wonders of Monterey County and it begins with the cover story in this issue!
There’s more in this issue than meets the eye, from snippets and short takes (‘Do wines and medals matter?’ (p.26) and contradictory wine terminology (p.22) at the front of the book, to our columnists’ comments on diverse subjects, uniquely expressed in their distinctive style.
The features include a look at Merlot’s resurgence, post the film “Sideways” (p.48), Château Figeac’s elevation to Saint Émilion 1er Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ (p.44) and the global rise of sparkling rosé (p.34). Read about Bhutan’s beverage culture (p.54) and an exploration of Indian artisanal cheeses (p.58) and edible flowers in cuisine (p.64). At the back of the book, there are articles about a trendy eatery in Brooklyn, new culinary spots in Mumbai and Goa, and the offerings of the revamped Leela Palace Hotel in Bengaluru.
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