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Alsace: The 2016s & Late-Released 2015s

featured, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

The 2016 and 2015 vintages in Alsace are diametric opposites: fresh and crisp in 2016, richer and more opulent in 2015. Pinot varieties excelled in ‘16, while it was mostly Gewürztraminer that stole the show in ‘15.

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In Memory of Leonildo Pieropan

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

Simply put, there have been fewer better, nicer, more knowledgeable and more important people in the world of Italian wine than Leonildo (Nino) Pieropan. Words are truly incapable of expressing who Pieropan was and what he stood for.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Mondodoro, Verona, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

Owner Stefano Enrico Sganzerla was born in a specialty food shop (literally) and so it is safe to say his destiny was sealed right from birth. From childhood onwards, Sganzerla’s life-beat has hummed along notes of food and wine. In his youth, he began working in the specialty food store, and then at his father’s coffee bar. That job description was not in tune with the young man’s aspirations, and so Sganzerla decided to open a trattoria, which is how he eventually realized his heart was in haute cuisine.

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Brunello di Montalcino: Sleek '13s, Surprising '12 Riservas

featured, Italy: Tuscany

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2018

The taut, refined 2013 Brunellos offer early appeal and considerable aging potential. A surprising number of producers I visited or spoke to told me they believed the 2013 vintage to be close in quality to the much more famous 2010. The other good news for wine lovers this year is just how good the 2012 Brunello Riservas are. In fact, off the top of my head I cannot remember when I so thoroughly enjoyed tasting one Brunello Riserva after another.

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Vinous Table: Repubblica di Perno, Monforte d’Alba, Italy

Vinous Table, Italy: Piedmont, Piedmont

Ian D'Agata, Mar 2018

Repubblica di Perno, a favorite of locals and visitors alike, is a sure bet when it comes to good traditional Piedmontese cooking in the Langhe, with a fine choice of local and non-local fine wines to match.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Da Nando, Aosta, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Mar 2018

Da Nando, Aosta’s best trattoria, is revered by locals and tourists alike for an excellent wine selection, hearty, traditional food and very fair prices.

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Vinous Table: Boeucc, Milan, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Mar 2018

A Milanese institution, Boeucc has rich history that goes back more than 300 years. Classically rendered dishes, good wines, and an elegantly romantic ambience in one of Italy’s most beautiful dining rooms harken to a past epoch.

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Sardinia's Wines: High Quality, Low Visibility

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, March 2018

Sardinian wines have improved dramatically over the last two decades but remain relatively unknown. Numerous distinctive native grapes, wines in all colors and styles, and gentle prices are just some of the incentives for wine lovers everywhere.

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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).