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2014 Barolo: Surprise, Surprise…

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2018

Navigating through the 2014 Barolo vintage is going to require a bit of work, although the time spent will be hugely rewarding. Three hailstorms, heavy and insistent rain, and a cool, gray summer gave growers fits. Many 2014s are diluted and lacking depth, while a number of wines weren’t bottled at all. But the finest 2014s are some of the most thrilling young Barolos I have ever tasted.

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2001 Henri Bonneau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Célestins

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2018

Bob Parker introduced me to Henri Bonneau’s wines many years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t get a chance to drink Châteauneuf as often as I would like, and had nearly forgotten I had a few bottles of the 2001 Réserve des Célestins squirreled away. A recent Vinous team dinner was the perfect occasion to check in on the 2001.

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Vinous Table: Le Coq Rico – The Bistro of Beautiful Birds, New York, NY

United States: New York, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2018

There is something about the simplicity of a perfectly cooked bird that gets me every time. This recent dinner Le Coq Rico was one of the best meals I have had in New York City in a long time. A small group of friends gathered at the bar for front-row seats as we watched the action unfold in the kitchen in real time.

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Cellar Favorite: 2000 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Feb 2018

About ten years ago, I was served Méo-Camuzet’s 2000 Clos Vougeot at a lunch. I immediately went out and picked up six bottles. Since then, the wine has aged at a leisurely pace. Sweet, floral and aromatics and bright, red-toned fruit give the 2000 much of its sensual, gracious personality. Lithe and gracious, the 2000 is an unusually finessed, delicate Clos Vougeot, and yet all the elements are very much in the right place. Hints of kirsch, new oak rose petal, raspberry and white pepper add brightness throughout. Although not especially complex or structured, the 2000 is a wine of pure and total pleasure.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

Cellar Favorites, cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

I so thoroughly enjoyed Quintarelli’s 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico that I wondered why I don’t serve these wines more often. It’s not just a matter of price, but rather finding the right moment. Or maybe wines like this are the moment.

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Naples Winter Wine Festival Charity Dinner

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

This spectacular charity dinner provided a great opportunity to indulge in a fabulous fall white truffle menu with a selection of fine Barolos and Barbarescos. The dinner, part of a lot I donated alongside Instagram CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Systrom and the Napa Valley Reserve, raised $160,000 for the children of Collier County, FL. I am deeply grateful to our generous donors for supporting this lot with such enthusiasm.

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Remembering Bruno Giacosa

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

With the passing of Bruno Giacosa the wine world loses a titan. Bruno Giacosa’s accomplishments during a career that spanned eight decades are almost too many to list. Giacosa leaves behind a rich, eternal legacy of brilliant wines and unforgettable memories for those lucky enough to have spent time with the Maestro of Nebbiolo.

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Cellar Favorite: Philip Togni Library Releases: 2007 - 1997 - 1987

featured, cellar favorite, Cellar Favorites, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Philip Togni has crafted memorable, riveting Napa Valley Cabernets for at least six decades. The Cabernet Sauvignon Togni made at Chappellet in 1969 remains one of the greatest and most singular wines I have ever had the pleasure to taste and drink, from any region in the world.

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Bistrot du Bord de L’Eau, Levernois, France

France: Burgundy, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Bistrot du Bord de L’Eau is one of my favorite spots in Burgundy. The warm, welcoming room, hearty food and fabulous wine list make for a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner.

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Sonoma Preview: January 2018 New Releases

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jan 2018

Readers will start to see the first wave of new releases from Sonoma trickling into the market in the coming days and weeks. Our Sonoma Preview focuses on the finest, small-production, artisan Sonoma wines and will be updated periodically in advance of our comprehensive coverage of Sonoma, which will be published in a few weeks’ time.