Here on Wine Lovers' Page, we will frequently highlight articles from Connoisseurs' Guide, as listed below. The most recent article will be listed first. The current special report (from the February 2002 edition) features a comparative tasting of French and California Syrahs of the 1998 and 1999 vintages.
Now in its 26th year, the Guide has won wide acclaim from wineries, other writers and consumers for its hard-hitting, detailed examinations of the best and the worst that California has to offer. The San Francisco Chronicle said, "Connoisseurs' Guide has no peer". Sandra McIver of the Matanzas Creek Winery commented, "I know my wine is a success if I get two-stars or more from Connoisseurs' Guide".
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine was started by two passionate collectors of California Wine back in 1974. Earl Singer and Charles Olken set out to provide a publication with the kind of depth and focus on California wine that then existed for French, German and Italian wines. They did so in the belief that there were lots of people in the world like themselves, people who were avid followers of California wine and who shared their frustration at the lack of attention and respect given to California wine by the wine press at the time. In 1982, Stephen Eliot, then a leading retailer, joined Connoisseursí Guide as a staff writer. Later, he was named Associate Editor. Steve is also the Wine Instructor at the California Culinary Academy.
The magazine's rigorous tasting format and passion for the best in California wine require the Guide to maintain the highest standards for accuracy and reliability available in winewriting anywhere.
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