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Vinous Table: Untitled at the Whitney, New York

Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

I didn’t think it was possible, but Executive Chef Michael Anthony and his team outdid themselves with this spectacular dinner. Over the last few months Untitled has become one of my favorite spots in Manhattan.

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Paso Robles: Taming the Beast

United States: California, featured

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2016

Recent vintages in Paso Robles have been exceptional, quality-wise, but an extended drought has slashed fruit yields between 25% and 50%, resulting in a classic “good news, bad news” situation that is driving producers and wine lovers nuts. Fans of full-throttle wines will find plenty to like from Paso Robles in 2014, although sourcing the wines may prove to be more of a challenge.

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La Festa del Barolo 2016

Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

La Festa del Barolo 2016 was a rousing success. The event raised over $130,000 for charity and brought Barolo lovers from around the world together to celebrate the magic of Nebbiolo and Barolo in all of its different expressions.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Milziade Antano Montefalco Sagrantino Colleallodole

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

Located near Bevagna, Milziade Antano is one of the three or four best producers of Montefalco Sagrantino wines today, with a long history of producing one great Sagrantino after another.

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Vinous Table: The Harwood Arms, London

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

The Harwood Arms is one of my three or four favorite places to eat out in London; actually, its relaxed, comfortable setting, superior food and outstanding wine list makes it one of my favorite restaurants in the world.

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The 2014 White Burgundies: What’s Not To Like?

France: Burgundy, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2016

Two thousand fourteen is a modern classic for white Burgundy, having produced concentrated, vibrant wines with uncommon balance, aromatic complexity, pure fruit flavors and compelling saline minerality.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Château d’Yquem

Cellar Favorites, France: Bordeaux

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

Although it is not the most famous recent vintage of Château d’Yquem (2001 and 2009 vie for that honor), I have always loved the 1996 and frankly never tire of drinking it.

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The 2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction: Distinctive Wines from South Africa

South Africa, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2016

My annual late-summer tasting of the new crop of Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines has become one of my favorite group tastings of each year. The four dozen or so wines offered at each year’s auction provide a stunning overview of the remarkable diversity of South Africa’s wine industry. A weak South African rand in conjunction with highly distinctive wines of consistently high quality make this year’s CWG auction a unique buying opportunity for international wine lovers.

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Vinous Table: La Pergola Restaurant Bar

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

If there exists a more beautiful place anywhere else in Italy than Sorrento’s La Pergola Restaurant Bar, I am not aware of it. Housed in the Bellevue Syrène hotel, perched atop the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Sorrento the La Pergola Restaurant Bar is dramatically situated alongside the long, beautiful and canopied entrance to the hotel.

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J. F. Coche-Dury & Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

All too often, white wines are relegated to second-tier status, a sort of warm up for the reds that inevitably follow during most meals. I have long believed that white wines deserve a little more respect than that. Over the years, many of the most riveting experiences I have had have been with aged white wines. The objective of this tasting was to take a look at two of Burgundy’s benchmark whites across a number of vintages in order to gain a better understanding of how the style of the wines is expressed in those years.