featured, United States: California
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…
featured, Italy: Piedmont, Cellar Favorites
A few months ago, a friend and I showed up to a birthday party with the same wine, Bruno Giacosa’s 1978 Barolo Riserva Speciale Villero. We opened my bottle that afternoon (my note is on Delectable). As luck would have it, we opened his bottle on this night!
featured, Vinous Table, Italy: Piedmont
One of the biggest challenges readers visiting Piedmont face is deciding where to eat. It's a good problem to have. I can’t think of any wine region – or indeed anywhere in the world – that has such a concentration of phenomenal dining destinations all within a 30-40 minute drive at most from Barolo or Barbaresco. As if that were not enough, Mother Nature has blessed Piedmont with extraordinary raw materials and spectacular wines that are absolutely breathtaking together.
Australia produces as wide a range of high-quality wines as any country in the world, from almost all imaginable varieties and in all styles, while quality has never been higher than it is today. Consumers who view these wines as all red, all big, all the time are missing out.
featured, Italy: Piedmont
Held this past February, La Festa del Barolo brought together producers, sommeliers and wine lovers from around the world for a memorable weekend of wine, food and conversation. Guests shared an unreal number of rare and collectible bottles at the Gala Dinner, while the 2012 Barolo Masterclass provided a great opportunity for attendees to taste new releases while hearing directly from the growers in an intimate and highly interactive setting.
Dry wines are all the rage nowadays, but throughout most of history, sweet wines ruled the table. Italians are especially adept at making both white and red sweet wines; certainly, no country in the world offers as many good choices of the latter.
featured, Cellar Favorites, France: Champagne
Wine lovers often debate which is the greatest vintage of the 1960s in Champagne. To be sure, it is a magical decade, with several candidates for that honor. Perhaps even more importantly though, the 1960s mark a sort of transition into modern times in Champagne.
featured, Austria, Germany
The weather extremes experienced in so many recent vintages have been accompanied increasingly by years featuring remarkably similar meteorological and growing patterns that stretch from the Mosel to parts of Austria nearly 400 flight miles distant. In the end, ironically, the drama that preceded it led to a 2016 Riesling harvest as stress-free as many Austrian and German growers could recall, and to grapes whose very gradual ripening and modest eventual must weights would have seemed more familiar to growers of the mid-20th century.
Located on the outskirts of Ravenna’s central historic district, Osteria L’Acciuga specializes in fish and seafood served in an informal setting. This recent lunch was fabulous.
featured, United States: California
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.