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The Frist Course

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Grape Expectations

All-American Zinfandel: What A Grill Wants

Wine 101

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Wine Works

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Sparkling Gifts
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Product Review:
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Issue # 9


South Australia Wines and Dines!
Second Feature: Uruguay, South America’s New Wine Frontier!

The Land of Oz has come a long way since it’s settlers first set up their homesteads. South Australia is the epicenter for Australian wine and cuisine. More than 60% of Australia’s wine is made in South Australia--Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. The wines have gained worldwide acclaim. Shiraz has become their signature grape, but Riesling and Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blends (GSM) are poised to become the next Aussie wine sensations. South Australian cuisine has a lot more to offer beyond vegemite and braised kangaroo. Air New Zealand has recently open a direct route to Adelaide that will make travel to this region more accessible to wine lovers.

Second Feature: Uruguay, South America’s New Wine Frontier!
Punta Del Este’s La Bourgogne is renowned for being South America’s top
French restaurant. Chef Jean-Paul Bondoux is a perfectionist, pushing his staff to new plateaus while cultivating fresh vegetables, herbs and spices from his own farm. Although he was born in France, his cellar highlights Uruguayan wines. This tiny country has embraced tannic, red Tannat as its signature grape. When vinifed properly, Tannat has the potential for being elegant and smooth.

Issue # 8


Celebrate Denver Wine & Food
Results of the 2006 Denver International Wine Festival


  • Denver & Boulder top wine friendly restaurants
  • Results of the 2006 Denver International Wine Competition
  • The 2006 Taste of Elegance
  • Boulder's Organic Beverage Companies



Issue # 7


Central California's Paso Robles & SLO
The Wild West of Wine

Answer these questions:
What is the fastest growing wine area in California?
What is the most diverse appellation? What area has the highest quotient of
winemakers who are wild characters? And what’s the most exciting appellation in California wine in 2006?

The answer to all these questions is a single place: Paso Robles. Over 100
wineries work more than 26,000 acres of vines to produce everything from
classic Rhone styled elegance to over-the-top Zinfandel madness, sometimes
within the same winery. If Paso Robles sounds a little like the Wild West of Wine, there’s some truth there. In fact, Jesse James used to hang out at the Paso Robles Inn.

Also Featured:

  • Celebrity Profile: Sommelier Daniel Johnnes & Chef Daniel Boulud
  • A New Orleans Culinary Classic
  • Alsace: Europe's Noble Wine Region
  • Great Books Reviewed
  • The First Course: "Daffy" for Duck
  • Travel Log: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Grape Expectations: Syrah


Issue #6


Celebrate Denver Wine & Food

Wining & Dining, Denver Style, Raising the Bar on Wine Bars, From Wine Cellar to Wine Seller to Your Cellar, The Broadmoor Elevates To New Heights, The Fort Restaurant's Delicious Game & Wine Pairings, Flatiron Chef Competition...takes it up a notch with wine, Results from 2005 Denver International Wine Competition, Spirit Chat: Altius Colorado Vodka, Wine Works: Pierre Wolfe's Treasured 1870 Château Lafite



Issue #5



Chile's winemaking legacy began over 500 years ago. Today their valleys are blessed with some of the finest grape growing terroir in the world. Chilean winemakers have gained a reputation for producing world-class premium wines. The Chilean wine industry has grown rapidly during the last two decades as
major investments and joint ventures with international wineries have been made. Modern technology has been employed and highly talented young winemakers have taken the helm along with well-respected traditional winemakers. The spectrum of grape varieties now produced includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and others. But, Chile's "wild card" is Carmenere, a grand old red Bordeaux wine grape that grows beautifully in Chile's dry,
desert-like vineyards.

Issue #4


Move Over Starbucks: Washington's Wine Industry Starts Percolating

Something's brewing in Washington-and it isn't the latest Starbucks clone, but a burgeoning wine industry that compares favorably in terms of both quality and price to anything throughout the world. Though still in its infancy, Washington is already the second largest wine producer in the U.S. There are now 260 wineries-up nearly 100 in just three years, as vineyards supplant grain fields, onion patches, even (gasp!) apple orchards. WCI tours Washington and discovers why Syrah, Merlot, Riesling and their friends have become the apple of farmers' eyes.

Issue #3

Portugal's Wine Renaissance beyond Port

It might seem strange to refer to Portugal as having a Wine Renaissance. After all, the Portuguese have been making wine for 2600 years! For the last few centuries, people all over the world have collected the famous sweet wines of Porto, and tens of thousands of folks have cut their wine teeth with Lancers and Mateus. For some reason, the higher quality wines of Portugal have never caught on. So what happened?

Several things, as it turns out. First, the country was under a fascist dictatorship for 40 years and they had very little interest in export. Of course, you don't need to export much when you have oil-and mineral-rich African colonies sending you enormous sums of money. When the dictatorship was overthrown, things were a little chaotic and it took over a decade for Portugal to gain admittance to the European Union. The entry into the EU brought Portugal into trade relationships with its neighbors, but it also brought new rules for winemaking.

Read the whole story, plus more in the Summer 2004 Issue!


  • Grape Expectations: Riesling-The Great White Hope!
  • The First Course: Lobster
  • Passions & Portraits: Guy Martin, France's Gourmet Guru
  • Wine 101 Insert: "You Have The Wine List, Now What?"
  • Vintage Design: Art & Wine
  • Celebrity Profiles: A&E's Bill Kurtis
  • Culinary Renaissance: Brooklyn Bites
  • Cover Feature: Portugal's Wine Renaissance Beyond Port

Issue #2


  • Hungary---From Bull's Blood to Youngblood's
    The Iron Curtain is giving way to velvet ropes in red-hot Hungary. Budapest is now a bustling hub city for Eastern Europe, living up to its reputation as "the Paris of the East." Its resilient, fun-loving people have placed all statues of Communist dictators in a special countryside zoo. WCI tours the Hungarian wine country and discovers a new revolution brewing in wines, producers and cuisine.
  • The Art of Napa
  • Lake Tahoe: Sinatra's Stomping Ground Cruises To New Heights
  • Wine 101-Free Collectible Guide Inside
  • Plus much more!

Issue #1


Wine Country International© Magazine targets wine enthusiasts committed to exploring wine regions in the US and abroad. Our niche readership is new wine drinkers who enjoy tasting wine, expanding their gastronomic horizons, and learning the individual characteristics & philosophies of each winery they visit. We plan to develop a dynamic reader base of active new enthusiasts by distributing our publication prominently at vendor wineries and "wine country" area restaurants, accommodations and tour operators. Our club members receive a complimentary copy as well as a monthly e-newsletter supplementing the extended website editorial coverage.

Editorial & Design Concept Wine Country International Magazine's slogan is "your attitude-free passport to great wines and delicious food." Attitude-free means we believe there's no place for wine snobbery. Passport suggests unobstructed travel. Part of our credo is that great wines can be affordable and that pairing food with wine is the ideal way to enjoy any meal---indeed, life itself---to the fullest.

Wine Country International Magazine is dedicated to increasing the knowledge and enjoyment of wine, food and travel---not just to the world's great wine regions, but to destinations whose restaurants and festivals celebrate the grape. Though the publication is aimed at enthusiasts, our editorial contributors (wine experts, travel-photojournalists, culinary professionals, and celebrity chef-restaurateurs) blend fresh content with inside, cutting-edge information---in everyday language. Every issue includes up-to-date industry developments, a fun "Wine 101" insert, in-depth travel articles, food and entertainment tips and recipes and unrated wine recommendations. Vivid color photography using the latest digital equipment and contemporary, stunning design will make each issue an instant collectible.


  • Raphael-Long Island's Elite Estate Winery Gambles on One Grape
  • Riedel- The Glass Nose the Difference
  • Spain Sizzles-Sherry, Tapas and more!
  • Wine 101-Free Collectible Guide Inside
  • All American Zinfandel: What a Grill Wants
  • The First Course: The Cheese Cart
  • Plus much more!

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