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Vinous Table: Saison, San Francisco

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Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

This recent dinner at Saison was one of the very best meals I have had not just in 2017, but in a very long time. Executive Chef Joshua Skenes and Wine Director Mark Bright have created one of the most memorable dining and hospitality experiences in the United States.

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Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1921-2016

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, France: Bordeaux

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is arguably the single hottest château on Bordeaux’s Left Bank right now. Quality has been steadily on the rise for some time, culminating in a trio of spectacular wines in 2014, 2015 and 2016. This remarkable retrospective, many months in the making, provided a fascinating opportunity to explore the château’s rich history.

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1996 Piedmont: The Proof is in the Pudding

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Nineteen ninety-six occupies a special place in the hearts of Piedmont lovers. The 1996 Barolos and Barbarescos have always been thrilling. But the wines have also been very slow to develop. How are they showing at 20 years of age?

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Vinous Table: Centro Storico, Serralunga d'Alba

Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Centro Storico is one of my homes away from home. I always look forward to walking in the door, sitting at one my usual tables and enjoying a simple meal with great wine.

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Cellar Favorite: 1996 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Bèze

cellar favorite

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Rousseau’s 1996 Chambertin Clos de Bèze is a wine of translucent energy and finesse.

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2013 Barolo: The Late Releases

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

The 2013 Barolos continue to impress for their grace and finesse. The late-ripening season produced translucent, perfumed Barolos that capture the essence of site, in my mind the single greatest attribute that separates the great vintages from merely excellent or good years. This article covers wines that were bottled just this past summer and/or that I tasted previously as barrel samples.

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Wildfires Ravage Northern California

featured, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

As many of you now know, Sonoma and Napa counties have been devastated by a series of wildfires that broke out in the early hours of October 9. First reports are harrowing, but the true extent of the damage may not be known for days, when some of the more remote areas can be accessed again. In the meantime, this is what you can do to help…

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1978 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero

featured, Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

A few months ago, a friend and I showed up to a birthday party with the same wine, Bruno Giacosa’s 1978 Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero. We opened my bottle that afternoon (my note is on Delectable). As luck would have it, we opened his bottle on this night!

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Piedmont's Finest Eating Destinations: 2017 Edition

featured, Vinous Table, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

One of the biggest challenges readers visiting Piedmont face is deciding where to eat. It's a good problem to have. I can’t think of any wine region – or indeed anywhere in the world – that has such a concentration of phenomenal dining destinations all within a 30-40 minute drive at most from Barolo or Barbaresco. As if that were not enough, Mother Nature has blessed Piedmont with extraordinary raw materials and spectacular wines that are absolutely breathtaking together.

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La Festa del Barolo 2017

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2017

Held this past February, La Festa del Barolo brought together producers, sommeliers and wine lovers from around the world for a memorable weekend of wine, food and conversation. Guests shared an unreal number of rare and collectible bottles at the Gala Dinner, while the 2012 Barolo Masterclass provided a great opportunity for attendees to taste new releases while hearing directly from the growers in an intimate and highly interactive setting.