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Eugene Lee: It’s His Home for the Holidays

Loam Baby

R.H. Drexel, Nov 2015

“When I was young, my mom – as much as she hated touching a raw turkey – made Thanksgiving dinner for us because I wanted to have an American Thanksgiving. That was really important to me as a little boy."


Vinous Table: Veuve Clicquot Retrospective at Marea, New York

Vinous Table, France: Champagne, Verticals & Retrospectives

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

What starts as a simple dinner to taste a few vintages of Veuve-Clicquot’s Grande Dame somehow morphs into a large retrospective back to 1928. As is always the case with tastings such as this one, some wines don't live up to expectations for various reasons, most of them likely related to provenance. But those that do, well, they are spectacular.


Champagne’s Golden Age

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

Too often relegated to just special occasions and celebrations, Champagne is capable of myriad styles that make it extremely versatile at the dinner table. Properly cared for, the best Champagnes can age effortlessly for many years and decades while developing extraordinary complexity in bottle, which places them in rarified company among the world's great wines.

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The Many Facets of Rioja

Spain, featured

Josh Raynolds, Nov 2015

Diving into the Rioja red wine piscina can be at turns fascinating and confusing. My advice is to approach the region without preconceptions. Rioja produces Tempranillo-based reds that range in style from hyper-traditional, often rustic and austere wines that wouldn’t be unfamiliar to a time traveler from the 19th century to flamboyantly rich, fruit-driven, new oak-influenced bottlings that would blend in well—and even stand out for their sheer quality—in blind flights of high-end Napa or Bordeaux wines.

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Historic Piedmont: A Trip Back In Time

Italy: Piedmont, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

Piedmont boasts a rich historical lineage with deep roots in both aristocratic and artisan traditions. These older Barolos and Barbarescos all provide countless insights into different eras of Piedmont’s rich past.

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Ice, Ice, Baby: Chillin’ with Tim Colla

Loam Baby

R.H. Drexel, Nov 2015

While I was working on the forthcoming Sonoma Issue of Loam Baby, I tasted a Saintsbury Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast’s Sundawg Ridge Vineyard that was sculpturally compelling. Its great texture, structure, vitality and length left quite an impression on me. For days afterwards, I was haunted by its various dimensions. I wondered to myself, “What would this wine look like if it assumed a physical shape?”

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Vinous Table: La Fermette Marbeuf, Paris, France

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Nov 2015

Given this week’s tragic events, I paused before starting to write this column. Atelier, Carré des Feuillants, Pierre Gagnaire and the likes might have been my subjects at any other time, but not at this one. To celebrate life, friendship and camaraderie, there is nothing better than French bistros or brasseries. Happy people search them out to have fun, to enjoy each other’s company and to relax. So I thought of La Fermette Marbeuf, which fits the bill perfectly.

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2005 Bordeaux with Tanzer & Galloni

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

David Bouley’s Test Kitchen was the setting for this remarkable retrospective tasting and dinner featuring a selection of the best 2005 Bordeaux.


Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Montrachet 1982-2012

France: Burgundy, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

Many months in the making, this retrospective of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Montrachet spanned 21 vintages going back to 1982.

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Cellar Favorites: 1976 & 1979 Krug Vintage Magnums

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Nov 2015

Krug’s 1976 Vintage, tasted from magnum, is rich, deep and powerful... Nineteen seventy-nine is one of the all-time great vintages for Krug...