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Vinous Table: The Corner Townhouse, Rome, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2018

The Corner Townhouse is one of the many recently born Rome restaurants that are popular with the “in” crowd, but The Corner has potential to stick around thanks to its inventive food, decent wine list and a beautiful dining room.

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New Releases from the Marche: Life Beyond Verdicchio?

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2018

The baseline quality level of the Marche’s wines is among the highest in Italy, with few truly bad wines these days. There are noteworthy peaks too, including some of Italy’s most ageworthy whites (made with Verdicchio) and unique aromatic reds (from the Lacrima and Vernaccia Nera varieties).

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Gianbattista Columbu Malvasia Di Bosa: 1992–2011

featured, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2018

Rare and unique, Malvasia di Bosa is an oxidative-style wine, like Sherry, but from Sardinia. Columbu estate, featured in Mondovino, is the top producer of Malvasia di Bosa. The estate’s Riserva is a wonderful aperitif and after dinner drink, but matches well with anything involving capers, smoked fish, honey, shellfish and olives.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Enoteca San Marco, Venice, Italy

Italy, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2018

San Marco is Venice’s most famous and beautiful square. Osteria Enoteca deserves similar amounts of praise, especially compared to dining establishments of the same ilk in the lagunar city. Well-made, non-touristy food, a great wine list and competent service are the ingredients that make Osteria Enoteca well worth a visit.

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Vinous Table: Vintage 1997, Torino, Italy

Italy: Piedmont, Piedmont, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

Vintage 1997 offers solid, well-cooked renditions of updated Piedmontese classics in a quiet, refined but not stuffy ambience. The wine list teeming with great bottles at fair prices make Vintage 1997 a must stop for serious food and wine lovers.

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Emilia-Romagna New Releases: Something For Everyone

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

There’s much more to the wines of Emilia-Romagna than just Lambrusco. The region offers myriad wine grapes and styles that deserve to be better known. Mostly gentle pricing provides a strong incentive to get to know these underrated wines even better.

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Vinous Table: Le Calandre, Padova, Italy

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

My latest dinner at Le Calandre was one of my two best meals of 2017. Precise cooking, masterful technical ability, concentrated flavors, professional but not stuffy service and an outstanding wine list all combine for a memorable dining experience.

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Nals-Margreid: Pinot Bianco Sirmian 1986 – 2016

featured, Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

Only a few places in the world make truly exceptional Pinot Biancos. Italy’s Alto Adige is one of them. The Nals-Margreid coop is especially adept at turning out great Pinot Biancos. This vertical of the flagship Pinot Bianco Sirmian once again showed how beautiful and expressive the wines can be.

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Vinous Table: Jean-Michel Lorain, Joigny, France

France: Burgundy, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2018

Jean-Michel Lorain’s is the sort of restaurant nobody does better in the world than France. A bucolic setting, refined food and service and a great wine list make for dining nirvana.

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Vinous Table: Cul de Sac, Rome, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Dec 2017

Cul de Sac is Rome’s best wine bar. Authentic down to earth, hearty, mostly Roman dishes, a very good selection of charcuterie and cheeses, and a truly hard to lift, huge wine list all make a night at Cul de Sac memorable.