FrontRunners October 2014 LEISURE

Convivial Pursuit The art of winemaking is not unlike that of matchmaking: Success in either endeavor requires a keen understanding of relationships, as Doug Shafer, president of Shafer Vineyards, well knows. In 1984, after becoming the winemaker at his father’s estate in the Stags Leap District, Shafer made the propitious decision to hire Elias Fernandez […]

Subtle Smoke

Be forewarned: this is not your typical Laphroaig, an Islay single malt usually known for its rock ’em–sock ’em, heavily iodined smoky characteristics. Your first hint is the bottle itself, which is clear, rather than tinted green like Laphroaig’s other expressions, which include the 10-, 18-, and 25-year-olds, as well as the 10 Year Old […]

FrontRunners: From the Robb Cellar

If the taste of a whisky literally reflected the topography of the place where it was made, then one would expect a dram of Laphroaig to be lean, even austere. The south coast of Islay, after all, is a bleakly beautiful stretch of rolling hills punctuated with periodic copses of trees and rugged reefs; yet […]