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Napa and Sonoma: The 2017 Summer Update

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

Keeping up with the pace of new releases in Napa Valley, Sonoma and neighboring appellations is a nearly impossible task. This article covers producers that I missed earlier in the year because of scheduling conflicts and treacherous weather during the winter. A number of wineries are appearing in Vinous for the first time, reaffirming our commitment to offer readers unparalleled insight on exciting, new projects as they develop.

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Domaine Armand Rousseau: Chambertin 1988 - 2002

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Burgundy

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

This tasting of Rousseau’s Chambertin spanned eleven vintages back to 1988. As so often happens with Burgundy, there were a few surprises. In this case, those surprises came in the form of several wines that were far more expressive and rewarding than the pedigree of their vintages might have suggested.

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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Jacques Selosse Brut Blanc de Blancs

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Aug 7

Seldom seen today, Anselme Selosse’s 1990 Brut Blanc de Blancs has become one of the rarest of all Champagnes.

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Vinous Table: Happy Birthday to You

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

This informal birthday dinner provided a great opportunity to spend time with a small group of friends celebrating life around a number of fabulous wines. Take out dinner from a favorite neighborhood trattoria was delicious, but the focus was on wine and the feeling of camaraderie that sharing great bottles inspires.

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Vinous Tasting Group - The Wines of Bruno Giacosa

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

I was thrilled to receive an invitation to join a group of avid Piedmont lovers, many of whom I have known personally since the early days of Piedmont Report, for this remarkable tasting of wines from Bruno Giacosa. We all brought bottles from our cellars organized around several loose themes and enjoyed them over a delicious dinner at DeGrezia in New York City.

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Cellar Favorite: 2004 Roses de Jeanne Rose de Saignée Le Creux d'Enfer

France: Champagne, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Cédric Bouchard’s Champagnes have been among my favorite wines from anywhere in the world since I first tasted them about ten years ago.

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Vinous Table: Ristorante Il Centro, Priocca, Italy

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

One of the things I like most about Il Centro is the menu that offers diners a good dose of the classics, along with more modern dishes that nevertheless remain rooted in tradition and a few whimsical choices that are a nice break from the tried and true standards.

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Cellar Favorite: 1989 Domenico Clerico Barolo Bricotto Bussia

Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Domenico Clerico’s Barolo Bricotto Bussia is absolutely gorgeous tonight. Hauntingly beautiful, with plenty of the tertiary nuances Nebbiolo acquires over time, the 1989 is a pure joy to taste and drink.

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Vinous Table: Quince, San Francisco, California

Vinous Table, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

At its best, Chef/Owner Michael Tusk’s cooking artfully blends elements of innovation and tradition in dishes that are inventive and bold, with a touch of the whimsical. This dinner at Quince was full of highlights, even if there were a few rough spots. Regardless, we had a great time.

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Remembering Domenico Clerico

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Late Sunday evening, as I sat in one of my favorite wine bars in Piedmont, the long-dreaded news that had been in the air for the last few days finally arrived. Domenico Clerico had succumbed to his battle with cancer at 67 years of age. One of the most beloved personalities in Piedmont, Clerico touched many lives during a career that saw him rise from total obscurity to become one of the world’s most admired winemakers.