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Sonoma’s Stellar 2016s

Two thousand sixteen is a fabulous vintage in Sonoma. On the heels of 2015, a year of freakishly low yields that resulted in abnormally intense wines, 2016 marks a return to a much more relaxed, growing season with ideal conditions for making wines endowed with energy, freshness and delineation that provide a striking foil to California’s natural radiance. Simply put, 2016 is one of the most consistently brilliant and alluring young vintages I have ever tasted in Sonoma.

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In Memory of Leonildo Pieropan

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Brilliance in Napa Valley: 2016 & 2015 Cabernets


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The Peacock Room, Shanghai, China

The Peacock Room is a beautiful new restaurant in Shanghai that offers high quality, precise Sichuan cuisine in a remarkably supercool, sleek and modernist setting.


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2016 Marietta Román, 90 points

Marietta’s 2016 Román is a tasty Zinfandel-based blend with dollops of Petite Sirah and Barbera. Succulent cherry, plum, spice and leather are all propped up by bright acids in a juicy, forward red that delivers superb quality for the money. (AG)

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2006 Tertre Rôteboeuf

François Mitjavile’s 2006 Tertre Rôteboeuf is an absolute joy to taste. Generally speaking, I am not a huge fan of the 2006s because so many wines are gamy, rustic and rough around the edges. There are no such issues here.

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