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Cellar Favorite: 2011 Miani Malvasia

Cellar Favorites, Italy: North

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2015

What a treat it is to discover Miani’s 2011 Malvasia, one of the rarest wines proprietor Enzo Pontoni has ever made.

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Vinous Table: I Pupi Ristorante, Bagheria, Sicily

Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2015

Named after the famous Sicilian puppets that recount legendary Medieval tales throughout the island’s many marionette theaters, I Pupi is an oasis of exceptional food and wine.

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Beringer’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: One of Napa Valley’s First Cult Wines

featured, United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2015

The historic Beringer winery was founded by the German-born brothers Jacob and Frederick Beringer in 1876. This March, Beringer’s iconic Hudson House was the site of an extraordinary tasting of nearly four decades of Beringer Vineyard’s Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve going back to its maiden vintage in 1977.

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New Releases from the Marche: Something for Everyone

Italy: Center & South, featured

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2015

Italy's Marche is blessed with many high-quality native grape varieties and unique terroirs. Even better, the average level of quality is quite high, which means that finding a truly bad wine is difficult. A handful of overoaked and rustic reds are still being made, but for the most part the Marche’s wines deserve to be on shopping lists of wine lovers everywhere.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir Beacon Hill

Cellar Favorites

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2015

This one is everything you could hope for in a mature Oregon Pinot Noir....I thought I was drinking a mature wine from Gevrey-Chambertin or Morey-Saint-Denis.

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Vinous Table: Jean-Georges, New York

Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2015

Jean-Georges remains one of my favorite spots in New York City, especially at lunch, where the menu is one of the best deals in town for this lofty level of food, wine and overall experience.

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Italy: Odds & Ends

Italy: North, Italy: Piedmont, featured

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2015

Italy offers one of the richest oenological landscapes anywhere in the world. Quality has never been higher, while the number of regions and estates producing truly compelling wines makes it increasingly challenging to keep up with new releases. There is something for every palate in this short Odds & Ends update.

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Forman: Four Decades of Cabernet Sauvignon 1985-2012

United States: California, featured, Verticals & Retrospectives

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2015

Of all the vertical tastings I did this past March, my exploration of Ric Forman’s Cabernet Sauvignon was the most intriguing, as I was able to follow the striking evolution of this wine over the course of four decades. As was the case with my other verticals, I came away convinced that today’s wines are better than ever, despite opinions to the contrary by low-alcohol fundamentalists.

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Cellar Favorite: 1975 Travaglini Gattinara

Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2015

Travaglini’s 1975 Gattinara is a poignant reminder of the exquisite beauty Nebbiolo is capable of developing in bottle.

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Vinous Table: Maialino, New York

Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2015

Over the last few years, Maialino has become one of my favorite spots in New York. This recent dinner provided a great opportunity to explore the oenological riches of Italy.