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Vinous Table: Wistub du Sommelier, Alsace, France

Vinous Table, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2017

Wistubs are equivalents of modern day bistros but that harken back to past times, offering home style food in rural, country settings. Wistub du Sommelier, one of the finest in Alsace and a favorite dining hangout of local vignerons and wine lovers, rarely disappoints.

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Cellar Favorite: 2006 Cave Spring Cellars Indian Summer Select Late Harvest Riesling Niagara Peninsula

Rest of the World, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2017

Cave Spring Cellars is arguably one of Canada’s top four or five Riesling producers. Wines like the 2006 Summer Select Late Harvest Riesling drive that point home.

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Vinous Table: Ercoli 1928 Ristorante Parioli, Rome, Italy,

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Ian D'Agata, Jul 2017

For over 80 years, Ercoli 1928 has been one of the two or three best specialty food shops in Rome - I know some Italian foodies who would rate it the best. The shop, which is located in a central part of Rome, has been recently sold and the new owners have decided to double down and open a restaurant, Ercoli 1928 Ristorante Parioli, that carries the shop’s glorious name.

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Vinous Table: Lio Pellegrini, Bergamo, Italy

Italy, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2017

Lio Pellegrini is an eclectic space housed in a 16th century building that offers classically rendered dishes. There are no bells and whistles here, just solid cooking with an eye towards classic recipes and traditions. That, along with well-sourced ingredients and an interesting wine list make for memorable dining.

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Vinous Table: La Coupole, Paris, France

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Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

With its Montparnasse address and splendid Art Deco interior, La Coupole delivers a quintessential Paris moment. The 14th arrondissment may not be the French capital’s most beautiful (not by a long shot), and La Coupole is not be the haven for artists it once was, but it still is one of Paris’s best brasseries. It makes an especially fine lunch stop when looking for simple, fresh fare and good wines.

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Harnessing the Potential of Soave

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Thanks to their affordability and their bright, crisp notes of fresh orchard and citrus fruits, white flowers and minerals, the wines of Soave are some of Italy’s most popular whites. The 2014 and 2015 vintages are a study in contrasts, allowing a glimpse of the delightful spectrum of aromas and flavors that Soave offers.

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Cellar Favorite: 1999 Alain Hudelot-Noëllat Clos de Vougeot

France: Burgundy, Cellar Favorites

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Hudelot-Noëllat is one of my favorite Burgundy domaines, as I love their highly refined, almost ethereal style of red Burgundy. The domaine was run for roughly thirty years by Alain Hudelot-Noëllat, who stepped down in 2008 and handed over the stewardship of the domaine to his grandson Charles van Canneyt.

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Vinous Table: Les Vapeurs, Trouville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France

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Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Les Vapeurs is a delightful place to have an easygoing, delicious lunch or dinner when vacationing in France’s beautiful seaside towns of Trouville or nearby Deauville. Simple dishes and fresh ingredients abound at Les Vapeurs. Mussels, shrimp, lobster, clams, but also steak and fries are the mainstays. It’s a bustling, inexpensive place in which to eat, while kicking back, relaxing and watching the seemingly never ending crowd of vacationers stroll by on Trouville’s main boardwalk.

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Abruzzo & Molise: This Year It’s Reds Over Whites

featured, Italy: Center & South

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

The latest releases from the beautiful and generally underrated Abruzzo region demonstrate that the difficult 2016 vintage growing season was tough on white wines, but newly released reds from 2015, 2014 and earlier are not just good but in many cases outstanding. Improvements are afoot in Molise as well.

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Ronchi di Cialla's Schioppettino di Cialla: 1982-2010

featured, Italy: North

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Friuli Venezia Giulia’s Schioppettino is one of the world’s most interesting and potentially great red grape varieties. Schioppettinos are especially characterized by an enticing green peppercorn note that is extremely typical and juicy, bright, mid-weight frames. Ronchi di Cialla’s Schioppettino is an iconic and historic wine in the true sense of those words, and Italy’s finest expression of the grape.