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Wildfires Ravage Northern California

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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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Santa Barbara: Better Than Ever

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Santa Barbara is one of the most exciting and dynamic regions anywhere in the world. Each year, new vineyards, estates and projects pop up seemingly without end in this expansive yet pristine stretch of land that encompasses Santa Barbara County. The daring, innovative spirit embodied by the region’s young producers and a vast range of first-class sites creates conditions that are ideal for the production of distinctive, pedigreed wines of the highest level. Best of all, with few exceptions, these wines remain under the radar and very fairly priced relative to global peers.

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Vintage Retrospective: The 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets

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Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2017

For a year with wall-to-wall sunshine and a very early harvest, the 1997 Napa Valley Cabernets are surprisingly classic in style. The better wines have aged beautifully on their sheer strength of material and balance, and often show striking aromatic complexity, not to mention uncanny retention of fresh fruit. Some of the best ‘97s are from higher-altitude vineyards that enjoyed extra hang time owing to cooler afternoon temperatures and yielded more structured wines.

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Santa Cruz Mountains – The 2015s and 2014s

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

Once again, I came away deeply impressed with the wines I tasted during my annual visit to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rugged hillside sites and an extraordinary range of microclimates confer tremendous personality to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and red Bordeaux varieties. There is little doubt the finest Santa Cruz Mountains wines are world-class in every way.

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Next of Kyn – The First Seven Years: 2007-2013

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

This retrospective tasting provided a great opportunity to revisit the first seven releases of Manfred and Elaine Krankl’s Next of Kyn. As compelling as the Krankls’ Sine Qua Non wines are, I have always found Next of Kyn to be just as fascinating, especially in recent years. This vertical only served to reinforce that impression.

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Napa and Sonoma: The 2017 Summer Update

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

Keeping up with the pace of new releases in Napa Valley, Sonoma and neighboring appellations is a nearly impossible task. This article covers producers that I missed earlier in the year because of scheduling conflicts and treacherous weather during the winter. A number of wineries are appearing in Vinous for the first time, reaffirming our commitment to offer readers unparalleled insight on exciting, new projects as they develop.

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Verticals of Ramey’s Hyde & Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnays

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Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2017

David Ramey, one of California’s proven masters of Chardonnay, has compiled an admirable track record for making rich, complex wines with uncanny staying power, as a recent tasting of his Chardonnays from the Hyde and Ritchie vineyards made clear.

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Book Excerpt: Appellation Napa Valley – Stags Leap District

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Richard Mendelson, Jul 2017

In this excerpt from his book Appellation Napa Valley – Building and Protecting an American Treasure, Richard Mendelson shares his first-hand account of the early days in the creation of the Stags Leap District AVA and the many untold stories that took place during this important and formative period in Napa Valley’s history.

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Vinous Table: Quince, San Francisco, California

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Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

At its best, Chef/Owner Michael Tusk’s cooking artfully blends elements of innovation and tradition in dishes that are inventive and bold, with a touch of the whimsical. This dinner at Quince was full of highlights, even if there were a few rough spots. Regardless, we had a great time.

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2016 Napa Valley – First Impressions

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Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Two thousand sixteen is shaping up to be another high quality vintage for Napa Valley. The young wines are aromatically expressive, open-knit and inviting, with soft contours, generous dark fruit and plenty of promise.