Vinous Table, France: Burgundy
It’s not often that you stumble upon a truly great bistro where there’s someone with real talent behind the stoves. But so it is with Au Fil du Zinc in Chablis. A pretty interior, lovely views, precisely cooked flavorful foods and a great wine list make this place an absolute winner.
Germany: Saar, Germany: Ruwer, featured
There are really two 2015 vintages for German Riesling: the first harvest took place on the heels of early September rain, and the second four to eight weeks later during a chilly but sunny autumn. Both will reward Riesling lovers, especially the latter.
United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured
At the level of the better producers, 2007 was a splendid vintage for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. These very dense, ripe, deeply fruity yet lively wines are evolving slowly and gracefully.
Cellar Favorites, Italy: Piedmont
Bruno Giacosa’s red label Riservas from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are, for the most part, such spectacular wines that when you find one that behaves in rather idiosyncratic ways it becomes a cult wine in its own right.
Vinous Table, United States: New York
Il Buco started life out as an antiques shop prior to morphing into one of New York City’s finest and most fun dining destinations. There is nothing antique about the food or wine here. Instead you’ll find expertly cooked, ingredient-driven dishes and a super wine list to dive into.
Italy: Piedmont, featured
This recent retrospective of Rinaldi Barolo Brunate from magnum going back to 1990 was special for so many reasons, most notably the rarity of the bottles we opened. Gordon Ramsay’s maze in the heart of London was the setting for what turned out to be a truly unforgettable evening.
Not surprisingly given its penchant for creativity and individualism, Italy is the place to look for every shade of pink wine imaginable. From Lombardy's very pale Chiarettos to Abruzzo's downright red Cerasuolos, the cool 2016 vintage offers rosato wines for every taste.
After struggling with difficult weather in 2014 and 2013, producers in Spain were thrilled with a healthy crop of fruit in 2015. Early indications are that this vintage produced a bounty of top-notch wines that should provide abundant pleasure in their youth.
Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux
Bordeaux’s Saint-Julien appellation delivers some of the region’s most balanced wines, neatly combining the gracefulness of the best from Margaux with the power of the top wines from Pauillac.
La Matricianella is one of the eternal city’s three best addresses for authentic Roman cuisine. Some of the city’s best fritti, pastas and lamb dishes await. It also doesn’t hurt that the place is an Italian wine nirvana, with not one but two large wine lists: a first that is devoted to Lazio wines only, and a second, much larger, heavier tome dedicated to Italy’s best whites and reds.