Contributors Salma Abdelnour, Lily Barberio, Anya Von Bremzen, Stephen Brook, Beth Collins, Ruby Cutolo, Jacqueline Friedrich, Kate Heddings, Ray Isle, Kate Krader, Sonali Laschever, David Lynch, Richard Marmet, Patrick Matthews, Jordan Mackay, Natalie Maclean, Connie McCabe, Elizabeth Hellman Minchelli, Richard Nalley, Gregory Duncan Powell, Stuart Pigott, Carla Ranicki, Jamal A. Rayyis, Kate Sekules, Jane Sigal, Lettie Teague, Ratha Tep, Lesley Truett, John Frederick Walker, Joe Watson
1 AUSTRALIAN SUPERPOWER Penfolds is, in many ways, a microcosm of what's great about Australian winemaking. Not only does Penfolds produce Grange, consistently one of Australia's best and most expensive ($205) bottlings, but it also turns out great value wines ($9 to $11) under its Koonunga Hill and Rawson's Retreat labels. Penfolds makes notable reds at prices somewhere in the middle, too, like its St. Henri Shiraz and Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon. And this megawinery seems every bit as committed to its winemakers as it is to its wines: Although Penfolds is one of Australia's oldest producers (founded in 1844), Grange is only on its fourth winemaker: Peter Gago, who took over from the famed John Duval just last year.
2 BEST DAY TRIP FROM PARIS Reims, the heart of Champagne, is less than two hours by car from Paris. Stop for lunch at Boyer Les Crayères, in a mansion belonging to the former owners of Champagne Pommery (64 Blvd. Henry Vasnier; 011-33-3-26-82-80-80), then hit the Champagne houses. Ruinart, with its cellars in former Gallo-Roman chalk quarries, is fascinating (reserve a tour at 011-33-3-26-77-51-51 or www.ruinart.com).