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Vinous Table: Trattoria Carpaccio, NJ

Vinous Table, United States: New York

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Trattoria Carpaccio is one my most delightful finds of recent years. This small, neighborhood restaurant captures an intimate atmosphere that is increasingly rare in today’s world of large, corporate restaurants.

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Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon: A Complete Retrospective

United States: California, Verticals & Retrospectives, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

In 1979, Bill and Mary Seavey purchased a roughly 200-acre property in the sheltered rolling hills of Conn Valley – barely four miles east of St. Helena as the crow flies but farther as the road winds – as a weekend retreat. This comprehensive vertical tasting traced the arc of the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon all the way back to the inaugural 1990 vintage.

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2016 Bordeaux: It’s Now or Never, Baby

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

The 2016 growing season presented château owners with plenty of challenges, but ideal weather at the most critical time of the year made up for the early struggles of the vintage. The best 2016s are deep and intense, yet also pulse with a real sense of energy. For the 2016s to be successful in the market, however, owners will have to be sensible with prices. That’s why for Bordeaux It’s Now or Never, Baby.

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Cellar Favorite: 1973 Krug Vintage & Krug Collection

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

It is always illuminating to taste the original release of Krug’s Vintage Champagne next to the late release. For this fun, informal tasting, the bottles were covered so as to remove any preconceived notions about the qualities of the two wines, but that turned out to be an unnecessary exercise, as it was plainly evident to all which wine was which.

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Vinous Table: Le Bréard, Honfleur, France

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Ian D'Agata, Apr 2017

Honfleur is one of France’s prettiest, most charming seaside towns, and Le Bréard is its best restaurant.

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2016 Bordeaux: 30 Top Values

France: Bordeaux, featured

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

Bordeaux’s 2016 en primeur campaign – the time of the year when the new vintage is sold as futures – is about to get heated. While most of the attention this spring will be focused on Bordeaux’s big guns, savvy readers will find much to like among the more modestly priced wines of 2016.

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Colgin Syrah IX Estate: A Complete Retrospective

Verticals & Retrospectives, United States: California, featured

Stephen Tanzer, Apr 2017

Who knew that an isolated spot in the eastern hills above St. Helena, in an area best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, would produce one of America’s most consistently spectacular Syrah bottlings? Apparently, Ann Colgin did.

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Cellar Favorite: 1991 Vilmart & Cie Brut Cœur de Cuvée

Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

What a treat it is to taste Vilmart’s 1991 Cœur de Cuvée. Proprietor Laurent Champs opened two bottles on my most recent visit. The first was a relatively recent disgorgement from 2013, the second was the original disgorgement from 1999. I much preferred the original release, which was, paradoxically, far fresher and more nuanced than the late release.

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Vinous Maps BYOB at Michael Chiarello's Ottimo

Vinous Table, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Apr 2017

This BYOB Dinner at Chef Michael Chiarello’s just-opened Ottimo in Yountville showed just how powerful wine can be in its ability to bring people together. The occasion was the formal launch of the Vinous map of the vineyards of Yountville, a project our maps team has been working on for several years. It was great to share this night with my colleagues Alessandro Masnaghetti, Kelli White and Bryce Wiatrak.

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2015 Northern Rhônes: Outstanding Wines for the Long Haul

France: Rhône & Beaujolais, featured

Josh Raynolds, Apr 2017

More than a few producers I visited this winter called 2015 “a vintage marked more by the climate than by terroir,” with the fruit and the warm conditions speaking more strongly than place character. That may be true for now but I also believe that 2015 is a seriously great vintage and one of the best in a generation for the northern Rhône.