On this board we don’t actually discuss the content of the magazine that often, but I would just like to say I have been very pleased so far in 2012 and the content and quality seems to be on the rise. There have been nice write ups on the latest vintages in Bordeaux, Piedmont, Burgundy, Rioja and Rhone amongst others and nice travel guides to Barbaresco, Sonoma and Rioja to name a few. Also liked the whiskey mag and the one about Danny Meyer.
I think part of the reason for the quality increase is Molesworth covering Bordeaux and Sanderson covering Italy. Both are a major upgrade over Suckling IMO. I have also really liked the articles on some of the lesser know regions and hope that trend continues. Of course anything travel and restaurant related usually is a must read for me and this year did not disappoint. I was kind of going the other way on the mag a couple of years ago, but they have won me back for sure.
One change I would like to see is another point of view on pinot and rhone varietals in CA. I pretty much ignore WS when it comes to these areas. I think Galloni at the WA is doing an awesome job pointing out wines in CA made in a more restrained style and wish someone at WS had similar tastes. Not saying to axe Laube, but maybe just add some young blood looking for new wines made in that style which seems to continue to gain in popularity amongst the sea of fruit bombs in CA. I would also ditch the value mag that seems to come out every year, but I’m probably not the target audience for that one.
Anyone else pleased with the mag this year? Any proposed changes?