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Paso Robles and Neighbors: New Releases

featured, United States: California

Josh Raynolds, Sep 2015

From a quality standpoint the greater Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande winegrowing area, which in essence means San Luis Obispo County, has been on a solid roll in recent vintages. The one complaint on the part of producers, though, is that yields have been pitifully low.


Vinous Table: La Ciccia, San Francisco, CA

Vinous Table

Kelli White, Sep 2015

Tucked away inside of Noe Valley, one of San Francisco’s more residential neighborhoods, La Ciccia is a small, unassuming spot dedicated to the food and wines of Sardinia. Now open for more than a decade, La Ciccia may be long past any sort of buzz, but its consistent excellence and authentic, regional identity has inspired fierce loyalty among regulars.

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Piedmont 2015

Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Sep 2015

Harvest is just a few days away in Piedmont. See and hear what producers are saying about the growing season.

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David Schildknecht Joins Vinous


Antonio Galloni, Aug 2015

I am thrilled to announce that David Schildknecht has joined Vinous. David will be covering the wines of Austria, Germany and the Loire Valley.

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Cellar Favorite: 2000 Harlan Estate

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2015

The 2000 Harlan Estate is in a beautiful place today. Soft, open-knit and nicely mellowed by age, the 2000 is absolutely gorgeous, with soft contours to match is engaging personality.

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California Odds & Ends

United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2015

Harvest is fully under way in California. These are a handful of wines that have come across my desk in between major articles.

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Vinous Table: Le Sirenuse Pool Bar and Grill, Positano, Italy

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2015

Le Sirenuse is one of the world’s best known and elegant hotels. Located in the heart of Positano, one of the prettiest towns of the Mediterranean, Le Sirenuse is set in an elegant 18th century palazzo converted into a family-run, beautiful five star luxury hotel in 1951.

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Producer Profile: Le Clos du Caillou

France: Rhône & Beaujolais

César Rivière, Aug 2015

Le Clos du Caillou is located in Courthézon, on the eastern border of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. The Pouizin family acquired the property in 1956 and subsequently expanded the vineyards. Today, the estate is run by Sylvie Vacheron, with winemaker Bruno Gaspard and enologist Philippe Cambie.

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Cellar Favorites: 1981 Château Cos d’Estournel and 1981 Château Pavie

Cellar Favorites

Josh Raynolds, Aug 2015

I’ve always has a soft spot for the 1981 vintage as well as these two châteaux. This was the first vintage of Bordeaux that I bought, back in 1984...

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Santa Barbara: On the Road

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2015

Santa Barbara County remains one of the most exciting regions in California. As I have written here before, Santa Barbara is home to an extraordinary range of wines; from cool-climate, ocean-influenced Chardonnays, Pinots and Syrahs, to richer Sauvignon Blancs and Bordeaux-based reds, and everything in between.