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Vinous Table: L’Arcangelo, Rome, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

If asked what I think is Rome’s best overall restaurant, I have no difficulty in answering “L’Arcangelo”. Simply put, the restaurant is as close as to a “sure bet” in the world of fine dining as there is.

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2015 Beaujolais Preview: Atypically Brawny but Often Excellent

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Aug 2016

While Beaujolais has been on as strong a roll as any wine region in France over most of the last decade, the 2015 vintage in Beaujolais has been receiving more attention than any I can recall, including the outstanding 2014 and 2013. But do the ‘15s justify the hype, especially for veteran fans of these wines?

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Abruzzo and Molise Coming of Age

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

Once widely viewed as the source of nothing more than hearty red wines and inexpensive, inoffensive whites, Abruzzo and Molise are on the upswing. The wine scene in Abruzzo, long a sleeping giant of Italian wine, is especially exciting today. Molise’s climb to wine respectability is a recent event, so the region’s wines are still a work in progress, but there are enough encouraging signs to suggest the region has a bright future.

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Cellar Favorite: 1995 Willi Schaefer Graacher Dombprost Riesling Beerenauslese

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

Wine lovers everywhere are always on the lookout for Willi Schaefer’s wines, as he is rightly considered one of the greatest in the game at producing amazingly pure and refined Mosel Rieslings.

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Vinous Table: Yuet Wah Hui Seafood, Hong Kong

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

Yuet Wah Hui Seafood is one of many eating establishments in China that looks somewhat non-descript and almost tawdry, but that serves amazingly well cooked food that is faithful to original Chinese recipes.

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2014 Beaujolais: Another Dream Vintage

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Aug 2016

Readers who enjoy Beaujolais need to stock up on the best 2014s for both immediate enjoyment as well as for cellaring. And there are many more of these top choices than usual in 2014. Stylistically the wines bear comparison to classically proportioned vintages such as 2010 and 2011, with abundant fresh fruit as well as depth and structure, all working smoothly together.

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Argiolas Turriga – Looking Back at an Italian Icon: 2012-1988

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

Turriga is Sardinia’s most famous wine, and also one of Italy’s best reds. A blend of roughly 85% old vine Cannonau (the Sardinian version of Grenache), with small percentages of Carignano, Bovale Sardo and Malvasia Nera that vary from vintage to vintage, Turriga is a big, powerful and age-worthy wine that showcases extraordinarily well just how good the wines of southern Italy can be.

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Cellar Favorite: 2005 Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco Cobra

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

I don’t think I risk being unfair to anyone when I write that Marco Caprai has done more for the Sagrantino grape variety than probably anyone.

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Champagne: The 2016 Summer Preview

France: Champagne, featured

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2016

Continuing a tradition at Vinous, our Summer Preview highlights the best new releases coming into the market. Full coverage of new releases will follow in the fall.

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Vinous Table: La Trota, Rivodutri, Rieti IT

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

It is not a stretch to say or write that La Trota, about a 45 minute car drive north-east of Rome, may well be the world’s best fresh water fish restaurant.