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Northern Rhône: Solid ’14 Reds and Outstanding ’15 Whites

featured, France: Rhône & Beaujolais

Josh Raynolds, Jul 2017

The northern Rhône produced a number of excellent red wines in 2014, although yields are down. Happily, 2015 brought an ideal growing season and harvest, with healthy quantities of clean fruit. My early look at the finished white wines indicates that ’15 is a vintage for the ages.

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Remembering Domenico Clerico

featured, Italy: Piedmont

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Late Sunday evening, as I sat in one of my favorite wine bars in Piedmont, the long-dreaded news that had been in the air for the last few days finally arrived. Domenico Clerico had succumbed to his battle with cancer at 67 years of age. One of the most beloved personalities in Piedmont, Clerico touched many lives during a career that saw him rise from total obscurity to become one of the world’s most admired winemakers.

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2016 Napa Valley – First Impressions

featured, United States: California

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.

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Rieslingfeier – The 2017 Seminars

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Jul 2017

Rieslingfeier is quite literally “a celebration of Riesling.” But the seminars held as part of this year’s event offered tasting and discussion that were thought-provoking – sometimes to the point of head-scratching – and seriously concerned with the future of Riesling on German and Austrian slopes as well as in the North American marketplace.

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Champagne: The 2017 Summer Preview

featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Champagne lovers will find a number of compelling new releases in the market this summer. Once confined mostly to celebrations and special events, Champagne continues to grow in popularity as a wine to drink year-round. And why not? Champagne is one of the most versatile wines in the world. Best of all, consumers have never had more choices across the entire stylistic spectrum.

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Selosse – Lieux-Dits Dinner at NoMad

featured, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

Anselme Selosse’s wines are among the most coveted bottles in Champagne. In recent years, Selosse’s lieu-dit Champagnes have ascended into the realm of the nearly unobtainable because of their tiny production. Two of the lieux-dits are sold only as part of the 300 or so boxed sets that are released each year, which makes tasting all six Champagnes together virtually impossible. This unforgettable dinner featured the entire collection of lieux-dits, along with a number of Selosse classics.

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Argentina New Releases: Cool Times in the Desert

featured, Argentina

Stephen Tanzer, Jul 2017

Within just the last six weeks I’ve experienced global warming up close and personal: 92-degree late-May weather in Burgundy, 102 degrees in Walla Walla before the end of June, and the steam heat of a New York City summer. But somehow Mendoza, Argentina’s engine of wine production, a semi-arid desert region that could not produce wine without irrigation from melting Andes snow, has not had a classically warm, dry growing season since 2012 – until this year, that is.

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Rieslingfeier: A Celebration of Germany’s Greatest Wines

featured, Germany

David Schildknecht, Jul 2017

An annual “Celebration of Riesling” thrills the converted and inspires them to proselytize on behalf of Germany’s great white grape.

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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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2017 Rosé Roundup: Drink Now, Drink Later

featured, Rest of the World

Josh Raynolds, Jun 2017

Among the oldest of many wine cliché’s is that Rosés don’t age well and, like seersucker suits, are out of style after the Labor Day following the vintage. While wearing summer suits out of season might not be in good taste, drinking the best pink wines year-round is highly recommended.