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Cellar Favorite: 1990 Basserman-Jordan Deidesheimer Kieselberg Riesling Beerenauslese

Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Bassermann-Jordan has long been one of my favorite German wine estates. I simply never tire of their wines. The 1990 Basserman-Jordan Deidesheimer Kieselberg Riesling Beerenauslese is a magnificent sweet wine that started out life extremely backward...

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Vinous Table: La Tour d’Argent, Paris, France

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

The legendary restaurant La Tour d’Argent offers amazing panoramic views of the Seine and Notre Dame, a spacious, bright dining room, a monumental wine list and many classic food preparations. So I was curious to try the cuisine of new chef Philippe Labbé, who took over the kitchen from Laurent Delarbre in May 2016.

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Manni Nössing Sylvaner: 2008-2015

Italy: North, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Is Manni Nössing one of Italy’s top fifteen or so winemakers? The thought immediately springs to mind when tasting his lineup of Sylvaner, Grüner Veltliner, Kerner, and Müller-Thurgau wines. The Sylvaner, especially, reaches levels of purity, precision and age-worthiness uncommon in all but the world’s finest examples of this white wine.

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Vinous Table: L'Oste Scuro, Verona, Italy

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

L'Oste Scuro is Verona’s best fish restaurant. Owner/chef Simone Lugoboni has always loved the Parisian brasserie concept and strives to offer the denizens of the city of Romeo and Juliet high quality oysters, prawns, mussels, squid and fish of all kinds and sizes.

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Köfererhof Kerner: 2006-2014

Italy: North, featured

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Although Kerner doesn’t enjoy the lofty reputation of grape varieties like Riesling and Pinot Noir, it has found a home in Alto Adige’s Valle Isarco area, where Köfererhof makes one of the region’s best and most ageworthy versions


Vinous Table: Philippe Gaertner Aux Armes de France, Alsace, France

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Feb 2017

Philip Gaertner walked away from the Michelin star rat race in 2005 and has never looked back. His family restaurant, which once held two stars,has been open for business since 1920, and remains a sure bet for precisely cooked Alsatian and French classics. In fact, it’s one of my favorite country restaurants anywhere.

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Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco Vorberg: 1959-2014

Verticals & Retrospectives, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

Cantina Terlano, arguably Italy’s top producer of age-worthy whites, excels with a number of wines across their large range. The Pinot Bianco Vorberg, one of the Terlano flagships, ranks among the world’s most distinguished white wines. Vintages from the 1950s still drink beautifully today, a testament to this potential of this underrated variety.

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Vinous Table: Al Cacciatore de la Subida, Cormòns, Italy

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

La Subida is one of Italy’s best country restaurants. Hearty, but precise and flavorful renditions of Friuli and Slovenian classics are must tries for all serious foodies. The deep wine list rich in Friuli’s best wines adds measurably to the dining experience.

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Cellar Favorite: 2002 Quintarelli Veneto Rosso del Bepi

Italy: North, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

In what he deemed to be poor vintages, or simply when the Amarone wasn’t up to his exacting standards, Giuseppe Quintarelli declassified his Amarone into the ‘Rosso del Bepi’ label.

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Vinous Table: Allen’s, Toronto, Canada

Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

For hearty food with flavorful twists, and interesting sweet-sour and boozy nuances, plus one of the best all-Canadian wine lists Toronto and Canada have to offer, run, don’t walk, over to Allen’s.