Hinterhaus copy

2014 Germany: Riesling Resists Rain on the Rhine

Germany, featured

David Schildknecht, May 2016

Two thousand fourteen will be remembered in Germany for an extremely stressful growing season and challenging harvest. But in Rhine regions that had luck with the weather, circumstances conspired to permit outstanding quality from growers whose viticultural regimens are scrupulous and who had skilled, motivated and outsized picking crews.

Lineup cover

Mouton Rothschild: 2003-2015

featured, France: Bordeaux, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, May 2016

This remarkable vertical tasting at Mouton Rothschild encompassed all of the wines Managing Director Philippe Dhalluin has overseen during his tenure since he arrived from Branaire-Ducru in 2004. During that time, Dhalluin has worked relentlessly to push quality everywhere from the field through to the new state of the art winery that became operational with the 2012 harvest.

Kongsgaard syrah vertical cover sized

Vertical Tasting of Kongsgaard Syrah

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, May 2016

John Kongsgaard had his Syrah epiphany in France. After having made a splash for the Chardonnays he crafted for Newton Winery in the early 1980s, Kongsgaard visited Condrieu in ‘86 with Peter Newton. On the trip, he discovered Côte-Rôtie and got the bug for Syrah in an Old World style.

Df9c9e27 f3c9 4b8b 8b65 4793d934dc09 copy

Cellar Favorite: 2006 Vieux Château Certan

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, May 2016

What a pleasure it is to taste and drink the 2006 Vieux Château Certan. Wonderfully sexy and gracious, the 2006 VCC has something that is so rare in this vintage: finesse.

Decorative ceiling

Vinous Table: Berners Tavern, London, England

Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2016

This informal dinner with a small group of friends was a great way to finish off a week in London. We met at Berners Tavern, which is on the ground floor of the Edition Hotel in Fitzrovia. The dramatic high ceilings, striking décor and buzz in the room immediately put everyone in a festive mood.

The vineyards of vacqueyras lie just below the peaks of dentelles de montmirail mountain range  in northern provence sized

Vacqueyras: Excellent Values from the Southern Rhône

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Apr 2016

Fans of southern Rhône wines who are feeling sticker shock from current pricing for most Châteauneuf-du-Papes owe it to themselves to expand their buying net, and Vacqueyras is a great place to start.

Haut bailly   copy

Bordeaux’s Radiant 2015s

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2016

Bordeaux enjoyed its strongest vintage in a number of years in 2015. The warm, dry summer yielded opulent wines built on intense fruit and voluptuous textures. At their best, the 2015s are spectacularly rich, racy wines loaded with personality. But the heat also brought with it a fair amount of challenges. Quality is inconsistent, so readers will have to choose carefully to get most out of what 2015 has to offer.

Dsc06798 (1)   copy

1975 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2016

It’s been a few years since I last drank the Chappellet’s 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon. In that time, the wine has only gotten better!

Cuttlefish

Vinous Table: The Ledbury, London, UK

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2016

The Ledbury is my favorite London restaurant. I go every time I can when in Great Britain’s beautiful, cosmopolitan capital, which is every other month or so. Of course, given that the Italian-coached Leicester City soccer team has a real shot at winning the Premiership this year, I’m in the UK even more often than usual, but I wouldn’t need sports as an excuse to go to The Ledbury every chance I get.

Phelps insignia vertical tasting   lineup   cover

Vertical Tasting of Phelps Insignia

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2016

In 1973, Joseph Phelps, who was then running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S., bought a 600-acre cattle ranch outside St. Helena and finished building a winery on the property in time for the 1974 harvest, when he launched his now-iconic Insignia bottling. Insignia was essentially the winery’s "reserve" but Phelps didn’t like that word, hence the Insignia name for what was the first proprietary Bordeaux-style blend in Napa Valley.