Almost everyone who drinks wine on a regular basis also reads Wine Spectator magazine. That is kind of a generalization, I know, but since 1976 Wine Spectator has been the go-to magazine for wine ratings.
They also publish special issues each year - the 100 top wines of each year, bargain wines, and travel issues to wine areas around the world. I love those because they highlight places to stay and top restaurants to dine in, along with the local wineries and restaurant wine lists.
I just logged onto their website, and they were featuring covers from past issues. Here are a few:
Special Italy Issue - December 15, 2007
I LOVED this issue! So much information on Italy wine and food!
100 Great Cheeses - September 1, 2008.
And what would wine be without its bosom buddy, cheese?
Robert Mondavi - July 31, 2008
Ahh, Robert Mondavi! He was indeed an icon in the California wine industry. I met him once in the mid-90's. I had bought a few shares of Mondavi wine stock and decided to attend the annual shareholder's meeting in the Napa Valley. There was a reception where Mr. Mondavi was signing copies of his newly released book. I even have a picture with him somewhere.
San Francisco's Best Restaurants - October 7, 2006
Lots of travel issues like this one on San Francisco.
California's New Frontier - May 7, 2006
My favorite, Paso Robles, is one of the upcoming wine areas featured in this issue.
All of this wine talk calls for a glass of something good to drink - hmmm, what shall it be? Cheers!