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Vinous Table: La Madonnina del Pescatore, Senigallia (Ancona), Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

The official name of the restaurant is La Madonnina del Pescatore but everybody just knows it as Moreno Cedroni, the bandana wearing owner-chef who is one of Italy’s best known, most famous and easiest to recognize cooking personalities. No matter which name you use, this two Michelin star establishment is one of Italy’s top 15-20 dining destinations. You’ll never regret having booked a table.

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Central Tuscany – Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and Beyond

Italy: Tuscany, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

Tuscany is one of Italy’s richest and most diverse regions. While Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and, to a lesser extent, Maremma, get most of the attention, Tuscany’s smaller appellations are very much worth taking the time to discover. This article covers new releases from Maremma, Montepulciano, Carmignano and several other smaller districts.

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Focus on Washington: Hot Times in the Desert

United States: Washington, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2016

The recent string of extra-hot years has forced Washington State’s growers and winemakers to respond proactively to extreme conditions. But the most successful players have been able to harvest strong raw materials and produce seriously rich, balanced wines.

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Cellar Favorite: 1978 Ridge Petite Sirah York Creek

Cellar Favorites

Kelli White, Nov 2016

Ridge’s 1978 Petite Sirah York Creek represents old California at its best. Still impressively dark in hue, this timeless wine offers a complex nose of sweet black currants, shoe polish, sandalwood, leather, rosemary and a hint of violet.

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Vinous Napa Valley Vineyard Maps

Italy, featured, Italy: Piedmont, United States: California

Vinous, Nov 2016

Created through extensive proprietary research and boots-on-the-ground work, Vinous’ Napa Valley Maps represent the state of the art in modern cartography. Each map shows property boundaries on the front and more detailed information on the back, including historical background for each region and 3-D images that allow for unprecedented perspective of vineyard sites.

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Bartolo Mascarello Retrospective: 1958-2010

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2016

This retrospective tasting of 18 vintages of Bartolo Mascarello Barolos provided a great opportunity to revisit a number of historic vintages and also check in on some of the recent releases that have helped catapult this small, family-run estate into Piedmont’s upper echelon.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Domaine Arnaud Ente Meursault La Sève du Clos

Stephen Tanzer, Nov 2016

Opening ten-year old white Burgundies can be fraught with peril, owing to the category’s ongoing issues with premature oxidation. But I needn’t have worried about this remarkable village wine from Arnaud Ente, who is routinely one of the earliest pickers in Meursault.

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Vinous Table: Trimani Wine Bar - Rome

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Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

Still going strong after twenty-five years, Trimani Wine Bar has been, from the start, a bright and important addition to the Eternal City’s food and wine scene, which didn’t exactly shine when the place opened years ago.

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2014 on the Mosel: Man Bats Last

Germany, featured

David Schildknecht, Nov 2016

Mother Nature presented a host of obstacles in 2014. But as a wide range of outstanding wines and numerous consistently excellent collections testify, these obstacles could be overcome using quite diverse strategies, at times resulting in wines that taste as though they must have come from two completely different vintages. A number of growers in Mosel turned in memorably fine collections.

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Benito Ferrara Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna: 2008-2015

Italy: Center & South, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

Benito Ferrara is one of Italy’s best white wine producers. Ferrara’s most famous wine, the Greco di Tufo Vigna Cicogna, is an Italian icon and perhaps the most elegant Greco di Tufo made in Italy today.